These include: preparing the property for rent; marketing and advertising; carrying out safety and other property inspections; vetting tenants; drawing up the lease and inventory; managing the deposit; collecting rent and chasing rental arrears; and organising maintenance.

There are more pros than cons to using a letting agent, so your choice may simply come down to cost, what you see as value for money and how much time you want to spend on letting your property.

Some major advantages are listed below:

  • Stringent vetting and referencing procedures mean you’re more likely to attract reliable tenants
  • The secure deposit protection scheme administration is taken care of for you
  • We can handle all of the paperwork in relation to your property
  • Rent can be collected and chased up on your behalf
  • We can deal with all the day-to-day property management and maintenance issues
  • We are experts in the field with good knowledge of market conditions and demand
  • We will probably be able to achieve a higher rent than you would
  • We are up-to-date on current legislation affecting landlords
  • You have an objective and impartial buffer between you and your tenants
  • We are experienced in dispute resolution
  • If you need to evict a tenant, we know the correct legal process
  • Employing us should reduce your workload (and possibly stress and anxiety)
  • We may be able to offer legal, landlord Insurance and tax advisory services.
We provide a full management service that really gives our clients complete peace of mind. Your property is managed by our fully trained, ARLA qualified and experienced Property Managers. As our client you get online access to see everything the Property Manager sees, most agencies refrain from this level of honesty.

Your tenants feel comforted knowing they can contact us 24hrs a day to report any maintenance or emergency issues. Our vetted, qualified and fully insured contractors are available 24 hours a day which ensures any emergencies are adhered to quickly, minimising the risk and damage.

Your dedicated Property Manager will visit the property regularly providing you with a photographic documented report on the current condition and their feedback.

If we need to attend a court hearing, serve legal documents on the tenants or visit your property to oversee contractors work, we are on hand to accommodate this.

On all our service levels we will run an extensive full reference check on your proposed tenants this will include an employment reference, bank validation check, fraud prevention check, credit scoring, bankruptcy and IVA checks, previous landlord reference, identity and address confirmation.

You will be provided with the report and a guide as to your applicant’s suitability.
It is best to make sure a professional independent inventory is carried out for when your tenants move in. This will help to ascertain any neglect, damage or fair wear and tear when your tenants come to vacate.

We use an external AIIC (Association of Independent Inventory Clerks) inventory company as they are dedicated in promoting the highest possible standards of accuracy and reliability.

Contact Us for more information and pricing of an inventory report.

We will provide necessary information to your new tenants in regards to changing over utilities and council tax to their name, you will be liable to pay any bills up to the day of the move in and then your tenants will take over the responsibility thereafter unless agreed otherwise.
Our dedicated renovations team are experts in their field. They will visit the property, providing you with a detailed quotation on works required. One of our team, is on hand to manage this for you.
Here are six ways of maximising rental income:

1. A new paint job and clean-up:
These days, tenants tend to stay in a property for around two years, so they are not looking for temporary accommodation as they may have been in the past, but for a home they can call their own.

2. Upgrade kitchens and bathrooms:
Replacing a tired and out-of-date kitchen and bathroom can not only have an impact on rents but can encourage the tenant to stay longer, reducing re-letting costs and potential void periods in between lets.

3. Add en suites:
Modern student halls often have en suites, but not all rental properties do. So, if it is possible to add private facilities – especially for landlords who are renting rooms – it is worth doing so as this may attract wealthier tenants who are willing to pay extra for the facilities.  

4. Can you extend?:
If renting rooms is not an option, such as where the property is not large enough, it may be possible to add extra space to create more rooms to rent. Alternatively a landlord may have a two-bed property of a type that is oversupplied in an area where tenants are desperate for three-bed properties.

5. Target specialised rental markets:
Some properties may be suited to tenants who can pay more, such as a home that incorporates a 'granny annex' for multi-generational living.

6. Offer ‘added extras’:
Many people consider that tenants are renting because they are on a budget, however, in some areas, renting can actually be cheaper than buying.

If as a landlord you have access to a premium tenant market, it may be possible to secure more rent by providing a higher than average spec property with state of the art appliances, decor and security systems. Do check this investment will deliver enough additional rent to cover the higher costs and that premium tenants will rent your property type in the area it’s located.

Don't worry, here at Yooodle we can take care of your property while you are overseas, things that we take care of include:

  • Advertising your property, taking enquiries from potential clients and booking rentals
  • Liaising with clients to answer all queries and handing over keys and instructions for the property
  • Handling all day to day problems and sorting them out quickly
  • Keeping accurate records of bookings and income
  • Handling deposits and checking inventory, replacing faulty or broken goods
  • Cleaning the property in between lets - and during them if necessary 
If your tenant has stopped paying rent, it’s understandably frustrating. With your own overheads and financial commitments to consider, it’s easy for the situation to get to you. But the best chance of a resolution is by acting reasonably yet decisively, sticking to the letter of the law at all times.

Of course, to stay within the law it helps if you know a little about it. There is no substitute for professional legal advice, but here are some key factors to consider if your tenant stops paying rent.

Unpaid rent and landlords’ rights - Put simply, as a landlord you have the right to charge rent and to receive rental payments when they are due. You also have the right to receive proper notice to end the tenancy if and when your tenant decides to move out.

Beyond your basic legal rights, your tenancy agreement may grant additional rights and responsibilities to the tenant and/or landlord. That’s why having a carefully considered and legally sound tenancy agreement is a must – it could save you significant time and money in the future.

Some tenants may think they can legally withhold rent if there is a dispute, such as the condition of the rental property. But, as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau points out, tenants cannot legally do this and can put themselves at risk of eviction if they stop paying rent.

As a landlord you also have a legal right to explore your potential or existing tenant’s rental history. There are resources to check a tenant’s history. These provide information on the tenant’s previous landlord and whether there were any rent defaults or property damage registered to that tenant.