Carrie Alliston, Head of Lettings at Hunters gives an insight into the start of 2017 and what you should look out for if letting or renting is on your agenda this year.
There will always be those who need or want to buy and there are also those who need or want to rent and January is no exception. With a very busy start to the year for lettings, our network of offices throughout the country report that good stock levels of rental properties have met the demands of prospective tenants well.
In order for us to maintain a good choice of rental properties we depend on landlords giving us new properties to rent out – and they do! As with all agents, we are not required to obtain a license or accreditation by law to work on the behalf of landlords or tenants. However, the majority of Hunters branches within our nationwide network are members of an accreditation scheme such as ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings Agents) or NALS (National Approved Lettings Scheme) who offer codes of conduct which we feel are important and help protect our customers and their properties.
Renting a property is a complex matter for all parties, and with ever growing legislation it is important for our customers to know that the agent they are dealing with is knowledgeable and up to date with current rules and procedures.
From speaking to our customers, whether you are a landlord or a tenant, we know that transparency is greatly valued. At Hunters we have processes in place to ensure all prices, fees and lettings information is available both online and from our branches. Things you should expect from a good agent is access to price lists and information on safety and legislations and of course knowledge about your area and who’s looking to rent.
If you would like to find out more about the processes involved in letting a property or the rental value of your property, speak to your nearest Hunters branch or book a free valuation at www.hunters.com/valuation anytime.