Choosing the right letting agent is a big decision; the aim is to find an agent who will enable you to rent out your property to an appropriate tenant for the best possible return. So what criteria should you consider when looking for a letting agent in Exeter? Level of Service The first decision to make is what you will require of your letting agent: Let only: the agent finds a suitable tenant and the landlord undertakes the day-to-day management of the letting. Rent Collection: the agent finds a suitable tenant and collects the rent each month. All other matters such as maintenance are dealt with by the landlord.
Full Management: the agent takes care of all matters related to the letting and only involves the landlord if something out of the ordinary require their input. Local expertiseIt's a good idea to use a letting agent that is located in the same area as your rental property, knowledge of the local market is invaluable when it comes to setting the correct level of rent and finding suitable tenants. Star Lettings and Property Management was established for over 16 years ago in Exeter by local people and many of our staff have been with us for many years so our local expertise in unparalleled.
Membership with Professional Body It is important to choose a letting agent with membership to the National Approved Letting Scheme, or one of the professional bodies that support it: ARLA Propertymark - The Association of Residential Letting Agents
Star Lettings and Property Management are ARLA Propertymark registered this we means that we follow strict codes of professional conduct and have guarantees in place to protect both landlord and tenant monies. Our membership also ensures that:
- We are backed by a Client Money Protection (CMP) scheme
- Have experienced and trained professionals who work for us and are required to undertake regular training
- Members of a Government approved independent redress scheme
- Keep up to date with complex legislative changes and best practice
- Submit independently audited financial accounts to ARLA Propertymark
- Adhere to a nationally recognised Code of Practice
- Hold Professional Indemnity Insurance
A question to ask yourself: Would you book a holiday through an agent who wasn't ABTA registered? Then why would you let you valuable property through an agent who want ARLA registered?]]>