HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT LETTING AGENT
When choosing which letting agent to use you need to consider the following:Fees The fees make sure you understand what you are responsible for before, during and at the end of the tenancy. Each agent may charge different fees so it is always important to take into consideration these additional costs. Whether your agent is registered with an industry recognised organisation There aren’t any specific laws around regulating letting agencies therefore it is very important that you choose an agent who is a member of either:• The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) • The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) or • The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) This gives you peace of mind and a degree of assurance that they are operating to strict guidelines to protect the tenant and landlord from unlawful practices. It also ensures your deposit is protected properly. Availability Make sure your letting agent operates flexible hours to enable you to view the property at a convenient time also make sure they are contactable outside office hours for emergencies. That way you will have peace of mind that should you have an emergency there will be someone there who will help you.