Fri 20 Jan 2017
Choosing your letting agent, especially if you’re a first-time landlord, can be a daunting experience. You will want a service you can trust and be confident in, and an agent who will help you through the process.
We pride ourselves on providing the best possible advice and service to our clients; so here’s our landlord guide to help you with your property investment.
Choose a regulated Lettings Agent
Be comforted in the knowledge that we are members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Association of Residential Lettings (ARLA) and are registered with The Ombudsman – Property Services (OPS).
Our accreditations, together with our years of experience and in depth local knowledge gives you peace of mind that your property and financials are in safe hands.
What type of Lettings service should I use?
We understand that each and every one of our clients is unique and we can provide a service that is tailored to your individual property needs.
•Inherited a property
•Relocating but wish to retain your current property
•Up or downsizing but in a position to buy as a second home
Whatever your reason for needing a lettings agent we are ready to successfully navigate you through the process, and if you wish, help on managing it too.
Types of Lettings services John German provide
•Easy Agent Switch
There is flexibility to switch between our services at any time, so if you pick Letting Only but decide life’s too hectic you can contact us to change services and we will happily put this is motion for you.
Further to this we also offer Rent and Legal Protection Insurance and a Tenant Evict Service alongside other insurance products. Yet again, more peace of mind. Contact our lettings team for further details.
Marketing your property to let and negotiating offers
It’s important your property stands out from the crowd in this busy market. We provide extensive online and print media advertising, which, combined with our skilled photography, floor plans and expert guidance on preparation, can help you achieve the best possible rent. Your property should let quickly through us to a pre-qualified tenant.
Our skilled and experienced negotiators will take into account many different aspects before putting forward any applications to you i.e. income, length of tenancy, pets, children, smokers etc.
We go to great lengths to find you a tenant that matches your criteria before commencing a comprehensive referencing process which includes Government legislation such as Right to Rent.
What happens when my property is let?
We use a state of the art company to carry our comprehensive referencing checks including credit checks. A full report is usually received with 72 hours with your tenant’s viability so we can make plans for key handover.
Depending on the service you have chosen, we will now arrange for a new inventory to be prepared and draw up a tenancy agreement (along with other vital information). Throughout this process, we will be collating all the legal information and certificates which are required for the start of the tenancy. (Landlords legal obligations to follow in our next lettings news article).
Once the tenant has signed the agreement and taken keys, we will then account to you for your rental (less our fees) and register the deposit. We will then continue to manage the property…or it’s over to you!
"We just wanted to say a big thank you to the Lichfield team for selling our home and achieving the best price possible. We had had various agents value our home, but John German was confident and sincere, no gimmicks. A special thank you to Caroline who handled all the accompanied viewings and ensured our house was secure. We now realise that you may save money with an online agent but from the initial valuation to the completion day, John German looked after us and they were a phone call away for anything that we were worried about throughout the whole sale. Real people who care. We will definitely recommend you."