The benefits of renting with a letting agent
A greater choice of properties
A good chat with your agent is always a great way to start your search. When all is said and done, it all starts with finding the right home for you. Agents often know about properties that are coming on the market before they are advertised. This means you can get an early notification on a property that could be ideally suited to you before it’s snapped up. And by telling your agent what you are looking for, they become another pair of eyes in your search. If you do all of this yourself, you may miss an opportunity, and agents are good at pointing out something you may have missed. Or opening your mind to a property that you may not have considered.
A friendly and supportive team
It’s good to have an ally when renting a home. Agents only use good, law-abiding landlords, and it’s a comforting feeling knowing that there is someone else on your side. Often with an entire team of people who have your best interests at heart. It means you never have to worry about getting in touch with your landlord; simply call or get in touch with your agent, who will have a dedicated team to take care of everything for you. From protecting your deposits, the health and safety of the property, and maintenance to understanding your rights and responsibilities, your agent will have your back.
Letting agents have to be compliant
Like so much in life today, there are lots of checks that need to be carried out. And using an agent ensures that all necessary checks on the property you want to rent have been carried out. From gas certificates to smoke alarms and references to your deposit, all other checks will be carried out to a high standard, so you don’t have any sleepless nights.
A good tenancy agreement
Knowing your rights is important and having them backed up with the right contract is imperative. Sometimes contracts can be confusing and cryptic. Good agents will explain your rights and make sure that your contract is in your best interests. And if you have any worries or concerns, they are just a phone call away.
Maintenance issues will be solved quickly
If your property is managed by your agent, then when it comes to repairs or emergencies, a good letting agent will most likely prevent these things from happening in the first place. But if unforeseen repairs come about, you can rely on them to take care of things for you instead of trying to get in touch with your landlord.
Agents keep up with trends and legislation
Not many things in life stay the same, and with the Renters Reform Bill on its way, understanding your rights has never been more important. It’s one thing to understand them, and it’s another to implement them. Agents are aware of constantly evolving legislation when it comes to energy efficiency as well as new trends, and all these things add to the quality of your life.
Accompanied viewings with an expert
Many good agents will accompany you on viewings, and this is the length to which agents will go to make you feel happy about your choice of property. You can explore your new home while asking as many questions as you like. This gives you a chance to get to know your potential new home in detail before making a decision. It’s this dedication to detail and personal service that, for many, makes a good agent a must-have.