A letting agent can save you a great deal of time, money and stress.

Finding the right Tenant for your property could take a long time if you wait for responses from private adverts, social media or rely on word of mouth locally and these methods tend to attract the worst sort of Tenants who are trying to bypass referencing checks.

We have access to an enormous pool of quality Tenants via internet exposure and tenants can feel safer working with a company.

Because we vet Tenants so thoroughly, we have fewer problems with rent arrears and other such issues which makes our Letting Fee money well spent.
We provide a Tenant find service or a Full Management Services The Tenant find service is geared towards experienced Landlords who's day-to-day business is the management of their portfolio or their portfolio is small enough not to take up to much of their own time.

The majority of our clients choose the Fully Managed option as this provides a complete service from start to finish, offering you peace of mind and the satisfaction that your property is in capable hands, as well as being completely Tax deductible.
You certainly can however many Landlords under-estimate the amount of time and skill that is required to manage a property and Tenant well.

For just 10% of your monthly rental, we can handle virtually every aspect and provide a useful buffer between you and your Tenant. You still make all the decisions but we do all the work for you. We often find after a few late night and weekend phone calls Landlords prefer to stay anonymous and just be sent the money at the end of the month.
Typically a standing order is set up from the Tenant's bank account and the rent will be paid in advance.

Benefit or council tenants can be paid in arrears however this will all be explained to you before the tenant is accepted. Once the monies have 'cleared' into our client account, the rent is paid by BACS directly into the account of your choice. A detailed monthly statement is the prepared and sent to you via email letting you know the rent has been sent to your account.
An Assured Shorthold Tenancy for a fixed period of at least 6 months, or 12 months for Students. We also offer a week by week tenancy or month by month for our contractor lets.
As part of our service we endeavour to ensure that the rent is paid on time. Having carefully selected the tenant in the first place, there's unlikely to be a problem.

However people's circumstances do sometimes change during a tenancy and if the rent is not paid, we'll advise you on the appropriate course of action. You can insure yourself against loss of rent and legal expenses. We are a caring agency and if rent arrear do occure we can work with you trough the process of either regaining the arrears or if the situation will not get any better, regaining the property possession back from the tenant to re-let.
We ask tenants for a cash deposit equal to a month's rent, or we work with the Good Tenant Scheme where they provide paper bonds.

A cash deposit is Secured in a Tenant Deposit Scheme chosen and managed by the Landlord or ourselves if you so wish, and returned when the tenant has given vacant possession of the property and left it in a satisfactory condition, allowing for wear and tear, and complied with his or her responsibilities under the Tenancy Agreement.

We do always advice a deposit is recommended however it is down to the landlord’s discursion.
You must advise your insurance company in accordance with their requirements regarding empty property. Please check your insurance policy for the relevant details.

We only charge you commission on rents that we collect so when a property is empty, we're losing money too so rest assured we'll be doing everything we can to let your property.

If you are unsure what Insurance you need we recommend a local agent who will be able to talk you through it.
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You will be liable to pay tax on any profit generated from letting your property- the amount of tax you pay will depend on your circumstances.

If you are overseas for more than six months in any tax year, you will be regarded as a non-resident Landlord. We would recommend that you speak to your accountant about rental income to ensure you are declaring all necessary incomes.
The managing agents or freeholders must be advised as a change in the type of occupancy may affect the buildings insurance. You should obtain the freeholders or managing agents consent prior to letting and advise us of any restrictions within the head lease which your tenant should be aware of.
The maintenance and upkeep of the garden is usually the responsibility of the Tenant. However, should you have a particularly large garden or any precious plants then it may be advisable to arrange for a gardener- the cost of which should be incorporated in the rental value.
No, most properties are geared towards long term lets where the tenant will make your investment their home so they will either have or want to buy their own furniture. There are some people who do not have any furniture so if you do decide to provide furniture there is a market for it however you must ensure they have all the correct fire ratings.
Smoke alarms have to be installed in any new building or conversion. We would strongly recommend that you install at least one alarm per floor of your property.
As a Landlord you have a legal obligation under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to maintain the structure of the building, the sanitation and the supply of services. In addition, should an item in the property require replacing or repairing through fair wear and tear then you would be expected within the terms of the Tenancy Agreement to deal with this.
Yes, you'll normally find that there is a clause in your mortgage agreement, which makes this a requirement.