About Us.

The Lapham Company has been in business serving the real estate investment and management needs of our clients in the greater Bay Area since 1911. We custom tailor management programs to meet the needs of each individual property and its ownership. We understand the importance of our role as operating and consulting managers in all aspects of property operations. It is an honor to be a part of the communities that we serve and to contribute to enhancements in our communities.

Lapham Company has been a locally owned Oakland business since 1911. A small company that does big things in the greater Bay Area. We work to be a management company that serves the best interest of both property owners and residents. In that process, we work closely with contractors and service providers to help insure that resident and building services are a consistent part of our service. We also work with local officials as a contributor to the communities that we serve. We at Lapham are a unique group from many different backgrounds, ethnicities and ages and we work together to create a culture that is both fun and productive. We draw on all of our strengths and experience with the desired result of optimum solutions. This results in the enhancement of the properties we manage. We are honored to contribute to the best housing possible in our communities, to serve the owners we represent while serving those residents who call these properties home. We contribute to helping individuals find a home with the goal of making the process of searching for a home as smooth and simple as possible. We value the residents that we serve, and have a fully staffed office and field staff to help deliver those services.
Lapham Company is an active member of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, California Chamber of Commerce, Oakland Association of Realtors, California and National Association of Realtors, California Apartment Association and the local Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County affiliate, Northern California Commercial Association of Realtors, The Institute of Real Estate Management, and The Alameda County Taxpayers Association. We have been involved in leadership and support the operations of these associations which have common interests, and provide very valuable assistance and involvement in the local, state, and federal legislative process. The president of Lapham Company was the Landlord Representative on the Oakland Rent Board, appointed by two Oakland Mayors to three successive two year terms, and was on the three person committee that reviewed and re-wrote Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Program Ordinance for approval and ratification by City Council in 1995. The current law contains all of those modifications. Our staff has a combined expertise and credentials that include California licensed Real Estate Brokers, and Certified Property Managers (CPM) as designated by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). All of our management staff are real estate licensees and hold the California Certified Residential Manager (CCRM) designation, or have designations pending. The president of Lapham was also the 1990 President of the Oakland Association of Realtors, and was a Director of the California Association of Realtors (CAR) for ten years. He has also served as a director of the California Apartment Association, President of the Alameda County Taxpayers Association for ten years, and is now serving on the Board of Directors of the Jobs and Housing Coalition of Oakland—a very influential body comprised of Oakland business leaders who are working to improve all aspects of living in Oakland. We have close working relationships with the local premier real estate brokers. We have long relationships with members of City Council and certain senior City staffers. We have excellent working relationships with members of the Community and Economic Development (CEDA), including building inspection services division and with inspectors in the Fire Prevention Services section of the Oakland Fire Department. All of which contributes to our expertise benefiting our clients.

Our Clients & Renters Say.

"Lapham responds to emails, makes repairs in a timely fashion, is friendly and professional and respects my privacy and my time by scheduling maintenance at appropriate times and with my permission."
-Pea P, Oakland, CA

"I had a great experience with Phil while looking at Lapham apartments. They were a lot cleaner than the ones I had looked at [myself]. No complaints, everything has been taken care of promptly."

-Sen J., Oakland, CA

"David from the office showed me around to a bunch of apartments in the area. He was kind enough to show me some of the local businesses and restaurants too. The application process was quite easy and Joan was very friendly and helpful. It was really nice to feel welcomed in a town that has such a rough reputation."

-Dominick M., Oakland, CA