The benefits of using a letting agent

Finding a new home to rent, especially if you live in one of the UK’s property hotspots, can be tough. With few high quality, affordable houses on the market and stiff competition from other renters, finding that perfect pad can feel all but impossible.

As well as looking for the ideal home, you’ll also need to think about whether or not you’re going to go through a letting agency for your next tenancy. Though it can add an extra cost to the process, using a letting agent offers a wealth of benefits over private landlords. To help you make up your mind, here are just a few reasons why a letting agent could make your next move easier, quicker and less stressful.

Local knowledge

One of the biggest benefits of using a letting agent is the local knowledge they can offer you. An agent should be familiar with your local area and will be able to advise you on everything from the most popular roads and local transport links to the parking situation, the quality of nearby schools and the location of your closest amenities.

Expertise

As well as being able to give your advice and information on the local area, a letting agent will also be able to use their extensive expertise to talk you through the rental process. This can be especially useful if it’s your first time renting, but even if you’re a seasoned tenant, having someone to explain the ins, outs and potential pitfalls of negotiating a new tenancy can be invaluable.

Hassle free tenancy

The main reason that some people opt for a private landlord instead of going through a letting agency is money. Individual landlords sometimes offer cheaper rents and will occasionally throw in extras like broadband, TV and Council Tax. However, there are no guarantees that a private landlord will be available to fix problems and answer questions when you need them to.

For a letting agent on the other hand, maintaining your property and ensuring your tenancy is running smoothly is their primary concern. Whether you have a broken washing machine, a leak in the roof or a faulty front door, your letting agent will be able to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.

Choosing a letting agent

As all letting agents are different, it’s important that you choose a company with a good reputation, local knowledge and a proven track record of successful lets.

The better the reputation of your agent, the more likely they’ll be to fix problems quickly, look after your deposit reliably and make your entire experience smooth and stress free.

To find out more about how a letting agent can make your next rental easier, have a look around our website or get in touch with a member of our team.