McNamara Realty

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  • 390 Higuera St

    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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  • 805-543-7777

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We are open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ; Monday-Friday. Closed for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 PM.

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We had similar bad experiences as others regarding problems w/ maintenance, staff, substandard housing, etc., it was very stressful ... we felt that McNamara staff was not concerned with health and/or safety issues.

We gained a lot of info and knowledge through our experience with McNamara, and hopefully this info can be helpful to others.

If you have questions regarding code compliance, or have a legitimate concern regarding code compliance that may affect your health and safety, contact:
City of San Luis Obispo Code Enforcement Officer
City of San Luis Obispo
Phone: (805) 781-7588

For mold issues: Environmental Health, (805) 781-5544

For gas leaks, or unsafe heating units: If you have an emergency or questions regarding a Gas Odor or Carbon Monoxide: 800-427-2200.

Government site with landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities: http://www.dca.ca.gov/...

This link has info re who is responsible for what repairs:
http://www.dca.ca.gov/...

For info about your rights when landlord won't fix things: http://www.caltenantla...

You might want to use this habitability checklist before considering signing a lease: http://www.caltenantla...
(On an initial walk-through, there are many things you might not think to check, this list will help.)

Read the lease carefully. Compare leases and fees amongst other property managers. Although the landlord is supposed to maintain a rental in habitable condition, make sure the place is in condition that is acceptable to you before signing a lease and moving in, because you will very likely also fight to get repairs or maintenance done. Be sure to document move-in condition very well through pictures and a condition list.

The government site also has good information about refund of security deposits.

This is a link to a free mediation service: http://www.creativemed...

The above government link also states that:
A rental unit must be fit to live in; that is, it must be habitable. In legal terms, "habitable" means that the rental unit is fit for occupation by human beings and that it substantially complies with state and local building and health codes that materially affect tenants' health and safety.

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We had similar bad experiences as others regarding problems w/ maintenance, staff, substandard housing, etc., it was very stressful ... we felt that McNamara staff was not concerned with health and/or safety issues.

We gained a lot of info and knowledge through our experience with McNamara, and hopefully this info can be helpful to others.

If you have questions regarding code compliance, or have a legitimate concern regarding code compliance that may affect your health and safety, contact:
City of San Luis Obispo Code Enforcement Officer
City of San Luis Obispo
Phone: (805) 781-7588

For mold issues: Environmental Health, (805) 781-5544

For gas leaks, or unsafe heating units: If you have an emergency or questions regarding a Gas Odor or Carbon Monoxide: 800-427-2200.

Government site with landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities: http://www.dca.ca.gov/...

This link has info re who is responsible for what repairs:
http://www.dca.ca.gov/...

For info about your rights when landlord won't fix things: http://www.caltenantla...

You might want to use this habitability checklist before considering signing a lease: http://www.caltenantla...
(On an initial walk-through, there are many things you might not think to check, this list will help.)

Read the lease carefully. Compare leases and fees amongst other property managers. Although the landlord is supposed to maintain a rental in habitable condition, make sure the place is in condition that is acceptable to you before signing a lease and moving in, because you will very likely also fight to get repairs or maintenance done. Be sure to document move-in condition very well through pictures and a condition list.

The government site also has good information about refund of security deposits.

This is a link to a free mediation service: http://www.creativemed...

The above government link also states that:
A rental unit must be fit to live in; that is, it must be habitable. In legal terms, "habitable" means that the rental unit is fit for occupation by human beings and that it substantially complies with state and local building and health codes that materially affect tenants' health and safety.

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I only give McNamara 1-star because zero is not an option. I agree with others who say avoid McNamara. I'm the parent of a Cal Poly student who rented through them, other than the convenient physical location of the property, I can't think of one positive thing to say about McNamara when considering everything from the office staff, to maintenance, and physical condition of the property.

Reasons: We found that McNamara is neither accommodating or caring towards tenants, we found them to have a "take it, or leave it" attitude. Their tenants best interest definitely does not seem to be on their priority list.

After our experience with them our warning is this: Read the lease carefully, shop around, and think ahead. Compare leases and fees amongst other property managers. Example: if there's a chance that your roommate might not work out, or you need to leave early for some unforeseen reason, be warned it will cost you $250 for a roommate change/replacement with McNamara. Another local, reputable property manager only charges $50). Be ready to fight to get your deposit back, even if you leave the property in great condition (as others here have experienced too). Make sure the place is in condition that is acceptable to you before moving in, because you will also fight to get repairs or maintenance done. Be sure to document move-in condition very well through pictures and a condition list.

We have similar complaints as others here regarding maintenance and response to maintenance requests (or lack of). IF you can get them to actually respond to your maintenance request, expect the work performed to be more of a band-aid than a real fix.

I have to wonder if the owners of the properties managed by McNamara are aware of the way their properties are being managed, and how they are being maintained. If I had a property managed by them, I would be upset to find out how they care for both the property and the tenants.

The following site and info might be helpful to others who find themselves having difficulties with their landlords: http://www.dca.ca.gov/

City of San Luis Obispo Community Development Department,
805-781-7588 (Building & Safety Division)

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I only give McNamara 1-star because zero is not an option. I agree with others who say avoid McNamara. I'm the parent of a Cal Poly student who rented through them, other than the convenient physical location of the property, I can't think of one positive thing to say about McNamara when considering everything from the office staff, to maintenance, and physical condition of the property.

Reasons: We found that McNamara is neither accommodating or caring towards tenants, we found them to have a "take it, or leave it" attitude. Their tenants best interest definitely does not seem to be on their priority list.

After our experience with them our warning is this: Read the lease carefully, shop around, and think ahead. Compare leases and fees amongst other property managers. Example: if there's a chance that your roommate might not work out, or you need to leave early for some unforeseen reason, be warned it will cost you $250 for a roommate change/replacement with McNamara. Another local, reputable property manager only charges $50). Be ready to fight to get your deposit back, even if you leave the property in great condition (as others here have experienced too). Make sure the place is in condition that is acceptable to you before moving in, because you will also fight to get repairs or maintenance done. Be sure to document move-in condition very well through pictures and a condition list.

We have similar complaints as others here regarding maintenance and response to maintenance requests (or lack of). IF you can get them to actually respond to your maintenance request, expect the work performed to be more of a band-aid than a real fix.

I have to wonder if the owners of the properties managed by McNamara are aware of the way their properties are being managed, and how they are being maintained. If I had a property managed by them, I would be upset to find out how they care for both the property and the tenants.

The following site and info might be helpful to others who find themselves having difficulties with their landlords: http://www.dca.ca.gov/

City of San Luis Obispo Community Development Department,
805-781-7588 (Building & Safety Division)

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