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Why private landlords need an agent more than ever

November 2020

2020 has been a rollercoaster year for landlords. From tenants moving homes en-masse to the laws and regulations being constantly adapted - even the most adept landlords have had their hands full.

Landlords now, more than ever, need experience and lettings expertise to guide them through successfully. 

Should I work with an agent?

Working with an agent eases the pressure and offers assurance that everything is being done to the highest standard and with the best possible outcome in mind. It can also provide peace of mind that the all-important quality stream of tenants does not run out. 

How can I find new tenants? 

If you’re a landlord, chances are that finding new tenants is the hardest part of your job. 

Filling a void quickly and ensuring that rent is paid is the priority in the short-term, but long-term, it’s important to find good tenants that respect and enrich your property and avoid falling into arrears. 

We are fully-equipped to ensure that if a tenant leaves a property they can be promptly replaced. We can help you to understand the value of your property and present it immaculately to prospective tenants. In some cases, we may have the perfect person waiting on standby. 

Once we have found an ideal tenant, we can promptly deliver a contract and perform credit checks to ensure that they’re a great, long-term fit for your property. 

Dealing with changes caused by Covid-19

We are also equipped to deal with complicated situations becoming more common during the pandemic. As well as being able to deal with overt issues involving PPE and local lockdowns, we can manage and resolve complex legal situations with the intricacy required.

If a tenant is struggling to pay their rent or is slipping into arrears, we will act as a mediator (in a potentially fraught situation) to prevent things from escalating and find a resolution that suits all parties. 

Due to our large national database of homes and tenants, we can act quickly to find alternative accommodation for struggling tenants to help avoid excessive arrears. We can also find more suitable tenants to take their place. 

Local lockdowns

The threat of local lockdowns can be a problem if you don’t live in the same region as your rented property. 

Working with local agents means that there will always be somebody that can visit the property for inspections and viewings. This can help to avoid losses of both time and money if the government prevents movement between regions. 

Support and advice

During the pandemic, laws and guidance around property are constantly changing and keeping up can be complicated and time-consuming. Our team of trained and qualified property experts offer peace of mind and assurance that a property is being managed within the law and guidelines at all times. 

PPE and conducting repairs safely

Dealing with repairs during Covid requires a heightened level of awareness, as well as extra tools and precautions. 

The first issue is, of course, whether it’s okay to enter the property. Some residents may be vulnerable or shielding so may require special attention. Secondly, whether protective clothing is required. 

As an agent, we are dealing with this every day. Our staff are always fully compliant and tenants are protected at all times.

Legal disputes

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has had a huge impact on landlords and tenants across the UK. 

It has changed several laws around how both parties are able to operate. Our team of property experts are here to help and, in the worst case scenario, can act on your behalf. 

If you’d like to know more about why private landlords need an agent now more than ever, contact us today. 

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