Why Should I Rent Through A Letting Agent?
Making the choice whether to rent through a private landlord or letting agency when moving home can be a tough decision to make. Although renting directly through a landlord can sometimes seem more appealing, cost effective and less time consuming, the number of problems that could arise later down the line undoubtedly outweigh these perks.
To help you understand a little better, we’ve put together a list of all the benefits you receive when renting through a lettings agency over a private landlord so you can make sure your next move is easier, quicker and less stressful.
Knowledge and Expertise
Letting agents have years and years of experience in the industry which means they can share their knowledge of the local area and properties that will suit your needs saving you time, effort and the pressure of finding the right home in a strict time frame.
If you’re looking to move to a new area, a lettings agent can advise you on everything you need to know from the local transport links to the nearby schools and even the finest bars and restaurants.
Finding the right agent is equally as important as looking for the right home when property searching, which means you should prepare to find a reliable, experienced and knowledgeable agency to avoid a negative experience and problems in the future.
Letting agent review websites such as AllAgents.co.uk deliver honest reviews from customers and tenants that have experienced dealing with local letting agents. To find the best rated UK agent by area just fill in your postcode and select letting agents on the drop-down menu.
Another perk of taking a tenancy out through a lettings agent is that they can be easily contacted in the event that you need them. At Lime, we’re open 6 days a week and have a dedicated team of staff to deal with any enquiry whether it’s through a phone call, live web chat, social media or our maintenance report system that is available 24/7, there really isn’t a way you can’t get in touch with us!
It’s hassle free
There is a lot of paperwork when moving properties which can sometimes make the process confusing and a lot of hassle. A letting agent will make sure all the papers are done by the book so you know exactly how much you need to pay, what you’re paying for and your rights as a tenant.
The main reason that people opt for a private landlord is usually money as it’s common for landlords to offer TV, broadband or council tax within the rental cost. Although this could seem like a good deal, there is no guarantee that a private landlord will be able to fix problems and answer questions when you need them to.
As an experienced letting agent, we take responsibility for contacting and resolving the issue with the landlord. This saves a lot of time and effort for you as a tenant as it means you won’t have to annoy your private landlord every time something goes wrong!
Your Payments Are Secured
Almost a third of private renters in England are unaware about the tenancy deposit protection scheme and a further one in five don’t know if their deposit is being protected and secured.
At Lime, we keep all deposits in an approved government scheme which is kept out of your landlords reach. When you pay your deposit and any rent payments we make sure all of the payments made are traceable and safe so you can’t be blamed if anything may go wrong.
We hope we’ve given you an insight into the benefits of renting through a letting agent so you can make the right decision on your next move. If you’re thinking of moving home or fancy a look at what options we may have available for you check out our latest properties here.