For some people looking for their dream home, the idea of renting a property can seem better than choosing to buy, especially if they don’t have a lot of money for a deposit. Whether you are looking at renting your first apartment, a flat, or a house, one of the things you need is a good letting agency.
There are many agencies all over the country, so how can you tell which will be the best one for you?
Below are four of the best tips that should be able to help you decide.
When you are looking to deal with a letting agency, you want one that will be local to the property you intend to rent. It will not only make it easier for you, but the agency will also be able to keep in contact with you in case there are any issues with the landlord.
Although there are many letting agencies, some are accredited as members of professional bodies. These agencies will abide by a code of practice when dealing with tenants and landlords, and so choosing them can be a good idea. They also often have guarantees in place when it comes to your money, which protects them from both the landlord and the tenant.
When you see a letting agent, you will be seeing a representative of the landlord. The landlord will have set a service level with the agent for things like repairs and rent collection. It is important, therefore, that you check with the agent to see what they will do and what you are responsible for personally.
For example, some tenants are responsible for replacing bulbs, toilet seats, and other minor fittings. A good letting agent will give you all of this information and advise you of the agreement before you agree on anything.
For new tenants especially, dealing with all the paperwork involved in letting a house can be confusing. A good and reputable letting agent will help you with all this and make the process seamless. They will do the credit checks, arrange the safety certificates and check the property is suitable for you and your family. They will also want some references from people you know to ensure that you are a person of good standing, financially responsible and that you are reliable.
Most letting agencies get most of their reviews from people who rent properties from them, but you can still see how they are as a company. Take a look at their reviews and see what people are writing about them.
Are they fair with the tenants, and do they support both parties? You can also talk to other tenants that use them and ask if they have had a good experience. If you are finding a lot of negative feedback, then you might want to avoid them.
Becoming a tenant, especially for the first time can be confusing and a little nerve-wracking. Choosing the right letting agent requires you to take the time to do your research – both into the letting agents and their properties – before you sign on the dotted line.