Am I paying too much in property management fees?

img Adiel Ananda | November 9, 2022

Property management fees in Bali and beyond

When owning a rental property, managing the fees and cost could be quite tricky to ensure you gain the optimum profit and revenue. But no need to worry, we at Bukit Vista have gained over 10 years of experience so you don’t need to worry about what fees to pay and ensure a sizable return on investment for your property. Also, with our experience working in different OTAs such as Airbnb and, we know firsthand of the fees in managing rental property especially in Bali and Yogyakarta. But before that, what do property managers do anyway and how are they paid?

How do property managers make money?

The typical business model of property managers or companies revolves around offering the services of financial, legal, and maintenance or managing the owner’s property in exchange for management fees. A property manager’s responsibilities typically include booking new rentals, collecting rent, maintenance, and repairs, as well as marketing the landlord properties. 

Some property managers might charge based on a percentage of the collected rent received from 8-20% depending on the property or a flat monthly fee. Other costs can also include an initial set up fee such as a sign up and application fee. Maintenance fees including cleaning services and repair of the property are also usually included. 

So if you own a property and want to save time and headaches, property managers are helpful since they manage the property and handle guests’ issues on behalf of the landlord by responding to guests promptly and handling the property’s ongoing day-to-day operations.

Bali Villa Management Services - Online Guest Support Service

Property management fees in Bali

Most of the time, property management fees in Bali deploy a commission based percentage based on the reservation revenue gathered from the property with some additional fees. In Bukit Vista, we use a revenue sharing model, so property owners have zero fixed management fees.

Let’s say a guest books a room worth Rp.1,000,000 worth or reservation value. The property manager would then receive 20% of the reservation value or Rp. 200,000 for the service they provide, and the rest (Rp.800,000) would then be received by the property owner.

BV GO - finance report by BUkit Vista

As you can see, this model incentivizes a mutual and transparent collaboration between the property owner and  property manager as the higher reservation they receive the higher revenue they’ll gain. Furthermore, by showcasing the amount each party received on the reservations revenue, it allows for a more transparent process, as Bukit Vista app – BVGO can show and track revenue details in real time so there’s no hidden cost.

Who pays the expenses?

Depending on the property managers and contract signed, it is common that the cost of maintenance, repair, and supplies is handed over to the property manager in condition that the property owner follow some conditions. However, some property managers might request that the property owner cover these expanse themselves. So, it’s better to do your homework first when choosing a property manager and their cost details.

Besides the cost of managing a property, tax liabilities is also one of the main areas of focus when renting your property in Indonesia. Here are some property tax details in Bali, Indonesia.

  • Rental income or Lease tax is levied in the amount of 10% of the Lease Value for tax residents in Indonesia. For non-tax Residents the Lease Tax due is 20% of the Lease Value.
  • Land and Building tax is levied based on 0.1% of the sale value for properties valued at less than IDR 1 billion or 0.2% of properties valued above this. The sales value of the object (NJOPKP) is determined by the local revenue office.
  • Land and Building transfer duty is levied at an amount of 5% and is payable by the Buyer. The tax is generally calculated based on the transaction value or the assessed value – whichever is higher.


It’s also good practice to reach out to tax consultants and experts before you start renting your property. So be well aware of the legalities and rules when renting your property. 

How do fees work at Bukit Vista?

If you’re still unsure of the fees and costs or whether hiring  property managers is worth it. Our zero fixed management fees ensure that we only make money when you make money.

While other companies might charge fixed fees regardless of how much revenue they drive for you. Bukit Vista pricing, employ a revenue sharing model so property owners and property managers are on the same team and drive for growth together.

So if you’re interested in a hassle free and transparent way to let someone manage your property, we’re here to help all your needs and transform your rental property into a money making machine

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