Lettings

Estate Agent Tips

How To Start In Property

What do I need to do to start operating as an estate agent? Should you work in lettings and wish to go into sales the main thing you should consider in terms of compliance is your AML procedure. As well as compliance, we recommend spending some time researching the sales procedure to ensure you’re fully aware of how to successfully complete a sale before it falls through. Our guide to the moving process is a useful tool you can use, click here to read it. What do I need to do to start operating as a letting agent? If you’re considering becoming a letting agent you should take into account your compliance procedure. With over 150 laws, incorrectly letting a property could lead to a fine or potentially prosecution. We recommend becoming qualified through ARLA to ensure you have the essential knowledge to keep you compliant whilst provide you with …

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Property Software

Repair Reporting: What You Should Know

Is it acceptable to tell tenants that the only way to report repairs is via your website or through an app like Task Manager? You can’t dictate how tenant’s report repairs, it’s the tenant’s choice how they do this. Your tenancy agreement should clearly state this, highlighting how tenants can report repairs in writing, in person, online, by phone or by text. When instructing your tenants, tell them to report repairs via Task Manager and explain the benefits they’ll receive which will hopefully encourage them to do so. You should also keep a record of the communication you’ve had with your tenant as well as the repair. Changes to the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Bill means agents should keep a record of the repair through photo’s and written evidence before and after the tenancy. Discover Openview, call 0800 328 0460, email info@vtuk.com or visit vtuk.com.

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Compliance

Explaining The Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation Bill)

From March 20th 2019, agents and landlords must comply with the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) regulations. The Inventory Check The first step to demonstrating your property is fit for human habitation is to think about inventory check. You should re-design your inventory check to meet the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). Photo evidence should be provided in your inventory check to highlight the points raised in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). This includes your property’s electrical hazards, lighting and food safety. (Your inventory check should already include photo evidence of the property’s condition in reference to the HHSRS, it’s vital this stays the same.) At the end of the tenancy, it’s vital you create a photo based check-out and inventory check so you can see if the property has become unfit. A mid term inspection with photographs will help avoid the property become unfit. …

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Lettings Tips

Friends and family, who’d have them?

Letting to a friend or family member? Read our guest blog… I’m sure we all have customers who insist on renting to their family members, personally I couldn’t think of anything worse. It’s not that I’m against family but renting to family never seems to end well. I have a close friend a few years ago who asked me to go and value his rental house. As a friend I was brutally blunt with him about the mess, dirty nappies and even worse dirty underwear. I went on to mention that I thought the parents were border unfit to bring children up due to the overall mess, dog mess in the garden etc etc. SO! you can imagine my worst nightmare when my friend says “Bloody kids hey,,, who`d have them?” It was only his son and daughter in law! What do you say to that??? We went onto let …

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