landlords are using letting agents

Why more landlords are using letting agents

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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If you are thinking about becoming a landlord by investing in a buy-to-let property, you should know that when the size of your property portfolio expands, so do your responsibilities. Thus, when it comes to good property management, you should seek the services of a letting agency like Progressive Lets to gift your property with full effective management. Letting agents can provide you with highly variable levels of services. These services should be based on how much involvement you desire to have in property management.

A decent letting agent can make a landlord's life much easier. Using a letting agent can free a lot of your time since he/she handles tasks; like rent collection, and property inspections to ensure everything is in order. Thus, letting agents are contractually obligated to prioritize landlords' best interests. 

As a landlord, you might wonder; how desirable is it to use a letting agent?

As a matter of a fact, more and more landlords are turning to letting agents to manage their rental properties. There are several reasons for this, but the main one is that using an agent can save landlords time and money. Letting agents have the knowledge and experience to deal with all aspects of property management, from finding tenants to handling repairs.

Hiring a letting agent will help you:

Find good tenants:

The Process of Finding good tenants can be very stressful, especially for landlords who are new to renting out their property. If you lack experience, then it may be hard to carefully select a good tenant. Hiring a letting agent can be very beneficial to making the tenant selection process successful. Your requirements must be understood by your letting agent. He/she will reflect your needs in your property’s marketing and management. Your letting agent should adhere to professional standards with proper legal agreements. Selecting a tenant is indeed a business decision that can affect your business. Your letting agent should select the best fitting tenant based on your business needs.

Avoid the hassle and stress of dealing with tenants themselves:

Tenants who are difficult to deal with can make your job as a landlord difficult. Paying rent late every month can irritate you. Some tenants can be very irresponsible and cause damage to your property. You will, unfortunately, come across such tenants, which will stress you and harm your business. You can avoid all these tenants’ bad scenarios by hiring a good letting agent who knows what he does. Your letting agent will do the required thorough tenant screening and background checking for you.

Get expert advice:

A good letting agent will constantly give you good advice. Letting agents need to provide landlords and investors with expert advice. It should be localized and specific to their property. This includes advice on any areas that might boost the property’s rental value. Speaking of one of these areas is repairs and maintenance. Your letting agent will cover this service directly on your behalf. He/she should handle all maintenance obligations and safety regulations. Your letting agent is the one who will provide the tenant with specific information regarding who will be in charge of any repairs or maintenance, as agreed upon with you.

To receive a steady stream of rental income:

Late rent payments are the most typical cause of conflict between landlords and tenants. Tenants who do not pay their rent might generate a variety of issues; including a decline in financial outlay, or even legal problems. One of the most effective strategies to minimize late rental payments is to properly screen your tenants to determine their share of accountability and capability to pay. If you don’t have enough experience or enough time, then hiring a letting agent will be the best choice you have. Therefore, when you come across a renter who does not pay on time, you need to let your letting agent act on your behalf.

Have peace of mind that their investment is in safe hands:

Peace of mind is what most landlords seek when using a letting agent to manage their property. Most of the time, the changing legislation of properties can be very challenging and problematic to landlords. Thus, a letting agent will undoubtedly give you some peace of mind regarding tenants, maintenance issues, rent, emergencies...etc

Sometimes managing your properties all by yourself can be a burden. But if you find a letting agent that makes you feel secure, and that your investments are in good hands. Then, you will have all the time you need to relax and focus on more investments and opportunities. 

It’s a very effective and easy option to use a letting agent. It will provide you with peace of mind and will save you time. As an investor, saving time is saving money. Letting agents will help you find good tenants, and avoid their hassle and stress when dealing with them. They will give you expert advice and guidance. As they will ensure that you receive a steady stream of rental income each month.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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