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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warren
warren 26 Apr 2017

You're very welcome Mary! Glad you enjoyed them :)

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Mary Ward
Mary Ward 26 Apr 2017

Thank you for the wonderful ideas. First impressions can make or break a deal. It's sadly that many homeowners drop the kerb to create an off-street parking space.

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 14 Apr 2017

I'm not at all surprised that so many landlords are still confused about what the tax changes really mean and how it will affect them. In particular, the blind rush to incorporation is leaving landlords...

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MH
MH 13 Apr 2017

You are right that the bank holidays are going to be spoiled in looking for the properties. But people who want to sell their property and looking for the better relocation, they can get benefits of this...

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bnellyb
bnellyb 08 Apr 2017

There will be an exodus of private landlords over the next 5 years as tax changes take effect, private landlords provide an important service to the rental market, why do housing associations and councils...

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Fred Cassman
Fred Cassman 07 Apr 2017

"Make it look like you are at home": often people forget this and share on facebook their location!

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jared townsend
jared townsend 05 Apr 2017

It'll be interesting to see how & if the Government's asset sale regarding mortgages helps

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SecomTech
SecomTech 04 Apr 2017

...and not one mention of the rules on PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT!!! Unless you have studied the plans you will not know...It's probable a high proportion would not need planning permission...BUILDING Control...

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Jonathan
Jonathan 03 Apr 2017

That's a very interesting study indeed. There is no doubt that new services and web apps such as Wonego.com in the UK or Roomster in the US will change the way people look for a flatmate, and that tenants...

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MBM Homelets
MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

Although this is a very positive step, there is little or no guarantee of the standard of workmanship employed by the tenants. We have had experience of a professionally decorated property being ' painted'...

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ajay
ajay 21 Mar 2017

How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

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NathanG
NathanG 20 Mar 2017

I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...

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