Landlord and Tenant Services


  • Longer-term rentals, 3 months to 1+ years, make up the majority of our business. These services include; personalized description of your property, complete with a list of rates, amenities, and professional digital photographs, for excellent representation on the web and print.  Additionally with owners assistance, a property checklist will be made for upkeep of maintenance, cleaning guidelines and a detailed house book for your future tenants. 

    Furnished homes to be cataloged by the owner.

    Marketing: From digital media to search engine optimization, our advertising solutions are proven & effective. Your property will be showcased online at, local MLS,, Craigslist, Zillow,, Trulia,, HotSpots, googlebase, backpage, oolde,  yahoo and many more... Print advertsining is case by case.

    Showings, Tenants, Contract: Present your property to rental prospects, conduct a thorough tenant verification and credit/criminal screening prior to any rental, execute a rental/lease agreement, follow up on Tenants move-in condition inspection of the property as well as proof of renters insurance, and assist in the delivery of first months rent and security deposit.


    Each property and owner may differ on the level of services needed. So please call for a rental evaluation and estimated fees associated.

    • Booking fee is 6-8% of the total lease rental income for leases lasting six months or more.

    • Booking fee for leases less than 6 months is 10% of the total lease rental income.

    • If a fixed-term lease is executed and is extended or renewed, the owner must pay MontecitoRental an additional compensation of 6% of the total rent income.  Payment is due upon such extension or renewal.


    • Advertising and marketing your home on various websites and within the Local Real Estate community.

    • Booking and rental reservations.

    • Cleaning Services: Housekeepers assist in keeping properties stocked with who also keep with the basics (toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, etc…) They also will report any noticeable damage.

    • Meet vacationers at check in, typically within the first 24 hours.

    • Contact point for vacationers during and leading up to their stay.

  • Short-term rentals provide a lucrative income for many of our property owners. The summer months of July and August traditionally bring the highest traffic, though the “off-season” and holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years.


    The fee for a vacation rental lasting 1-90 days is 10-15% of the gross rental income from each participating property, and is invoiced each month.

    MontecitoRental does not operate a trust account. Payments are made directly to the owner and cleaning service.

    For first-time clients, a start-up fee of $600 may apply. 

Any rental booked for less than a month is subject to City/County of Santa Barbara Transient Occupancy Tax(10-12%) The Property Owner will be provided appropriate paperwork for reporting and maintaining up to date accounts with the City/County of Santa Barbara Transient Occupancy Tax Board. MontecitoRental/Crysta Metzger/Coldwell Banker are not responsible for collecting or maintaining any monies incurred by this tax.


Many of our Estate owners already have longstanding relationships with maintenance providers who know their homes inside and out.  Many do not, and have taken on most most maintenance and repair issues themselves.  My partner, Bill Blackwell is very successful at bridging the gap between property owners and tenants during times of maintenance and repair.  He is a licensed building analyst for Building Performance Institute (BPI), also a licensed home inspector for InterNACHI.  Bill understands the function of every unique component of your home and its importance in the successful operation of your home as a complete system.  Bill will ensure any necessary work (whether  completed by himself, or an additional licensed contractor) is completed to meet industry standards, and of course the standards of the homeowner.

Please inquire about how to schedule a meeting with Bill to answer any questions, and prepare a plan for the maintenance and repair issues that may arise during the term of your lease agreement.




Before tenants move in please check with your Insurance provider to make sure you have the proper coverage. If property is a furnished rental or has a pool or hot tub, refer to your agent in terms of liability coverage.

Home Warranty:
I advise most rental homes to purchase a Home Warranty.  These policies save you money! They cover most items from appliances, to plumbing and electrical. All with a $60-80 dollar co-pay.
A few local companies I recommend: 

Cox Cable:  683-6651
Southern California Edison Electric:  (800) 655-4555
The Gas Company:  (800) 427-2200
Trash: Marborg Industries:  963-1852
Water/Sewer, City of Santa Barbara:  564-5343
Montecito Water District: 969-7960
La Cumbre Water District: Servicing Hope Ranch and Hope Ranch Annex
Verizon Telephone Company:  888-211-4309


Searching for a rental can be a challenge. There is very limited inventory and it helps to have an advocate on your side that can bring you in-depth experience and knowledge of the rental market , local neighborhoods, and communities. 


Above is a quick search to the rental inventory in the SB MLS. This data is not always accurate and many homes in MLS are only available short term. If you find a home that you would like more info on. Please do not hesitate to contact me for the inside scoop.

I specialize in Estate Rentals with a minumin monthly rent of $6000 and upwards.