How do you find the right letting agent?

How do you find the right letting agent?

There are many lettings agents out there, all offering different services and choosing the right one can be time consuming and confusing.

Trust and reliability are key. So, the ever helpful Belvoir! has put together these 3 top tips that will help you pick the best agent…

Timescales

It’s always good to find out before instructing an agent how long it will take for them to let your property out. Obviously a definitive answer couldn’t be given due to factors such as location and the property itself, however a good agent will be able to tell you if they think your property will take a little longer. How many people do they have on their database that they could contact? That’s always good to ask. Prospective tenants on the lookout may have left their details, if the agent contacts them they might just be interested!

Tenant reliability

How reliable are the tenants that the agent can provide? If the agent fails to do in-depth referencing then you could end up with a bad tenant on your hands. A good agent will be able to provide you with a tenant that has been fully referenced, credit checked and also had the required right to rent checks which came in to action on 1st February. Find out from the agent which checks they carry out and at what stage the checks will be done in the process.


What makes them better?

A good question to ask the agent is what makes them stand out from the crowd…if all they can give you is a good cup of tea then perhaps collect your belongings and head to a café  instead. What exactly makes them better than their competition, as we said at the start of this post, there’s so many agents for you to choose from so why should you pick them? For instance; would they be able to do later viewings out of office hours to help prospective tenants, how swiftly would they be able to deal with maintenance issues and how frequently will they carry out inspections of the property.

Ultimately, you want to be able to draw a list of what different agents can and can’t offer – that way you can then work out which agent will provide the best all-round service and essentially, find tenants for your property.

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 19 Jul 2017

Great advice, but may I also add that when buying an already built home, make sure you do all of the proper inspections. Most importantly pest inspection because people tend to get surprised when they

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 17 Jul 2017

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cornishalan
cornishalan 10 Jul 2017

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Jo Mullett 07 Jul 2017

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NathanG
NathanG 05 Jul 2017

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Jonah
Jonah 04 Jul 2017

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Dianne Griffen
Dianne Griffen 29 Jun 2017

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SecomTech
SecomTech 22 Jun 2017

AT Last...This was discussed years ago and there was a move towards landlords registering their bad tenants on a database..(can't remember where) It seems a logical step though our leaders will probably...

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Bertrand
Bertrand 02 Jun 2017

How about the Welsh Govt introducing a scheme to protect landlords against "rogue" tenants who are then taken to court for criminal damage to the properties they trash. Pretty unlikely I suspect and politically...

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AmberMorris 25 May 2017

"Please don't pick a novelty tune-playing doorbell. They're not 'fun'. They're stupid." Laughed a lot to this. It's actually true, though.

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Oliver Conway 18 May 2017

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