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Important Reasons Why Landlords Use A Letting Agency

Author : James JR Robinson

There are a number of good reasons for landlords of residential properties to use a letting agency to manage their properties and tenants. Although such companies do charge fees, using firms like these will enable landlords to save a great deal of time and a substantial amount of money in dealing with their residential properties. For these reasons, using a letting agency can be a smart move for landlords with properties and tenants to deal with on an ongoing basis.

Knowledge is power, and a good knowledge of the local residential property market is a most compelling reason for prospective landlords to consider the advantages of using a letting agency in matters to do with their residential property or properties. By the nature of what they do, such firms will have an excellent and thorough awareness of what is happening on the local residential property scene, and where the best opportunities are.

The in-depth understanding of the conditions in the local residential property market possessed by a letting agency will enable better informed decisions to be made by landlords investing in property. For example the agency can guide the landlord towards the best types of property to invest in, whether they are apartments, regular detached and semi-detached houses, or large properties like mansions. Similarly, the agency can also guide the landlord on the best geographical areas to invest in, whether it is on a riverside development, in the town centre, or near the rail station, for example.

Financial advantage is another benefit that can arise when using a letting agency. Such a firm will often be able to achieve a higher rent than the landlord would be able to get on their own. This is because the agency will have the necessary knowledge and skills in effective pricing based on the overall market for the geographical area. Also, the fact that a professional agent is managing the property will usually have the beneficial effect of enhancing the creditworthiness of the landlord.

It is well known that bad tenants can result in all sorts of different problems. They may upset neighbours by being antisocial. One way that they may do this is to play loud music and have noisy parties on a regular basis. This can make a neighbourhood an unpleasant place to live and reduce the value of rents and house prices.

Apart from causing a lowering in rental prices and house prices, one of the main difficulties that bad tenants can cause is landlords losing money because the tenants may not pay their rent when it becomes due. The fact that a letting agency will have a portfolio of reliable and professional tenants is another good reason for landlords to use such a firm to manage their rental properties. Such tenants will ask the agency if they wish to move locally, for example to be in a new waterfront development or nearer the town centre.

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