Letting Agents Wirral, or anywhere else for that matter, still perform an important role in the property market, being the primary link between landlords and tenants. Although some owners may try to work the whole letting process themselves, using a reputable local letting agent can save time, add confidence for prospective tenants and ensure that the increasing range of legal requirements are complied with.
Letting agents can help at any stage of the process. Most prospective tenants will use their listings, whether in paper form or on the internet, to source suitable property. As such, agents with experience of how to photograph, describe and market a property can shorten the time it takes to find suitable tenants.
But an agent can help before that. Nowadays a property has to comply with a range of safety regulations before it can be let. With contacts amongst the energy performance, electrical, gas and plumbing communities, the time taken to get a property into the right compliant shape to be let is much shorter. And with property, time is money so reducing any empty period means increasing your return or minimising your expense.
Correctly promoting a property is just one aspect of finding a good tenant. The next stage is to perform all the necessary credit and reference checks to ensure that the prospective tenant is creditworthy and capable of making the monthly payments. Whilst this sounds an easy process it takes time and accessing some information can only be achieved by suitably registered organisations.
Having prepared, licensed, marketed and now found a suitable tenant the role of an agent is still valuable. Letting contracts take many forms and making sure that the correct tenancy agreement is used helps both the landlord and tenant understand their obligations and what remedies are available should things go wrong. Clarity of who is responsible for what is crucial. A letting agent should also assist with the inventory checks as a tenant moves in so there is clarity over the condition of furniture, decorations and electrical goods.
Under current legislation tenants also have the protection of a deposit scheme that has to be set up by the landlord in one of a number of approved ways. This gives assurances to tenants that their security deposit is protected and cannot be misappropriated by the landlord.
Having got this far in the process many landlords then manage the property themselves; the agent is used only to prepare, market and find a tenant. But for those that do not want hands on involvement or do not have the contacts with tradespeople to put things right should they go wrong, a letting agent can manage a property through the life of its tenancy. They act as first contact for the tenant should anything go wrong and under agreed parameters can arrange to get whatever it is fixed. They also act as collection agent for the rent and can pay any bills or manage a contingency fund and then remit the balance to the landlord. At year end they can also provide a detailed breakdown on receipts and costs to facilitate accurate tax returns to be completed. Further information on the Letting Agents process contact Snelson’s Properties who have a fantastic range of Property to Let Wirral.