It could be tempting to believe that renting and managing a property on your own, without employing the services of a specialist Letting Agent, would save you money – and while this could be the case at the beginning, in the long term this could prove to be a very unwise decision and actually lose money in the long run. Not to mention the stress of managing the property, the steep learning curve and the knowledge needed to smoothly navigate between any legalities needed to keep on top of everything.
On the flip side, by employing a reliable Letting Agent like Kings Lettings, you can make sure that the property is kept to the highest standards and the profits are protected, giving you peace of mind.
HANDS-OFF LANDLORD WHILE IN FULL CONTROL? HERE IS HOW
The introduction of stricter rules in recent years has seen a big improvement in the services offered by Letting Agencies throughout the lettings and the management process. However, there are still plenty of occasions for rogue operators to cut corners and lose you money and time. It is very important as a Landlord to do your homework and select an agency such as Kings Lettings that can protect you all the way while taking care of every aspect of your property. From screening and vetting potential tenants to making sure the property is up to date with all the regulations and checks. One way to start is to cross reference the agency on the National Trading Standards UK.
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Kings Lettings PLC is registered with The Property Ombudsman (TPO), providing redress for unresolved complaints including residential Sales and Lettings. As a full member, they also commit to the TPO codes of practice, approved by the Chartered Trading Standards. Currently, in England there is no mandatory regulation or licensing of Letting agents. In view of this, you will want to be absolutely sure that your Letting Agent is a specialist in this field and a member of a regulated nationally recognised body. Having let properties since 1962, Kings Lettings is not only an award-winning Lettings Agency, but also a bonded member of ‘The Association of Residential Lettings Agents’ [ARLA], ‘The Dispute Service’, and ‘The National Federation of Property Professionals’, and Government-accredited as a ‘SafeAgent’ for money protection. Kings Lettings Staff are highly trained and motivated and we have many years of combined experience in any given lettings situation.
STRESS FREE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. IS IT POSSIBLE?
1. FIND THE PERFECT TENANT
The main goal, whether you have one or multiple properties, is to keep them filled at all times in order to minimise rental voids while making sure you have found the right Tenant for the property. There have been plenty of examples where for various reasons an inexperienced Landlord will rent out the property without carrying out the necessary checks. At Kings Lettings, screening and vetting potential applicants is an important part of the process. Not only do we want to find the right Tenant for you, we want to make sure you find the perfect home that meets your Tenant’s needs. We deal primarily with professional people and undertake not just to ‘credit score’ our Applicants but also to seek good, written, references from their Employer, Bank and either previous Landlord and/or character referees. We have also forged links with a number of Relocation Agencies, which are retained by larger companies to source and administer homes for their international employees. This has led to Tenancies with multinational corporations such as ICI, Xerox, Nortel, Lufthansa, British Airways, OKI, Reckitt Benckiser, Glaxo SmithKline, Computer Associates, Black & Decker, Equant to name but a very few. By using our services you are not only making use of our combined experience, but also get access to a large database of interested potential applicants, and in doing so you can ensure to minimise the rental void, by filling the property much faster.
2. GAIN THE SUPPORT OF EXPERTS.
As a private Landlord, you lose on the support and knowledge that a Lettings Agency can provide, meaning that you are on call 24/7 and must make fast decisions at any given time. The rental agent has a Property Management team to handle maintenance and repair issues, as well as excellent relationships with reputable local merchants and contractors, so any issues that arise are resolved quickly and professionally.
With our 60 years of experience, Kings Lettings have developed excellent relationships with very skilled contractors and, such as engineers, plumbers or electricians that can make sure they carry out every assignment fast and professionally.
This means that we take on the responsibility of resolving any arising issue whilst enabling you to remain in control as a decision maker.
3. BE COVERED IF THINGS TURN SOUR.
Many self-managed Landlords had to experience on their own the ups and downs of managing a property while making sure they make the best decision – which is always in accordance with the law and the guidelines in place. From Rent increases, Tenancy Renewals and Contracts ending to property inspections, court orders and extensive knowledge of Repossession, as a Landlord you must know it all. Making the right decision in a time effective manner is paramount. Therefore, a lot of the Landlord’s struggle trying to keep on top of everything especially if they have to manage several properties or when they are located abroad.
Our dedicated Kings Lettings team will always guide you through the process and with access to legal counsel from a team of specialised solicitors in Landlord/Tenant law, we will make sure that your rights are protected, and a fair conclusion is reached. We have plans in place in order to ensure your investment is protected and expert knowledge of all current legislation and their requirements.
ARE YOU A NEW LANDLORD?
If you think that hiring the services of a specialist Letting Agency is the best thing for you then get in touch with Kings Lettings. We offer a free consultation session, where we offer advice and assess your needs while preparing the most beneficial strategy.
ALREADY HAVE A LETTING AGENT BUT NOT ENTIRELY HAPPY?
If you consider that the time has come for you to change Letting Agent, or you are just window shopping for better services, then get in touch with Kings Lettings. We manage hundreds of properties at any given time, while knowing that effective communication, listening to your needs, and providing the right advice is key for a long-term collaboration. Our simple and easy Agency Transfer Service is free-of-charge to new clients, so why not get in touch.
We have a lot to say………….we’ve been at your service for the last 60 Years.
KINGS LETTINGS, 103 HIGH STREET, MAIDENHEAD, BERKSHIRE, SL6 1JX
Lettings and property management offices in London, Reading, Maidenhead, Staines & Windsor.
T: +44 (0)16 2863 2188 | E: MAIDENHEAD@KINGS-LETTINGS.CO.UK