Are you a landlord considering a change in your letting agency? Many landlords stick with the same agency for years, fearing the hassle of switching, even when they’re dissatisfied with the service. But don’t worry, switching agents can be straightforward and stress-free.
Why Do Landlords Change Agents?
Landlords decide to leave their current letting agents due to various reasons, including:
Lack of Communication
Poor communication with the agent causes frustration and misunderstandings.
Overpriced Maintenance Charges:
Some agents charge excessive fees for property maintenance, affecting landlords’ profits.
Long Void Periods:
Extended gaps between tenancies can be financially draining for landlords.
Common Misconceptions When Switching
Let’s debunk some common misconceptions:
- “I’m Bound by a Contract”
Review your Terms of Business to find out the fixed-term period and notice required for termination. In most cases, you can end the contract by giving 1 or 2 months’ written notice after the initial fixed term.
- “Should I Wait Until the End of the Tenancy?”
No, you can switch during an ongoing tenancy. The new agent can smoothly take over without the need for new advertising, and tenants might welcome the change if the previous service was poor.
- “Switching Is a Hassle”
Switching is hassle-free. Let your current agent know, and the new agent will handle the transition, including tenant communication and property inspection.
Why Choose PIIM?
At PIIM Property, we stand out from high-street agencies because we prioritize accessibility and communication that suits our clients’ busy schedules. Unlike the standard 9-5pm availability, we make ourselves contactable 7 days a week. This means you can reach us via WhatsApp, emails, or texts at a time that works best for you, even if you have a day job or are located abroad. Our commitment to being available and responsive is a significant selling point for our clients, ensuring they receive the attention and support they need.
Additionally, we hold essential qualifications and memberships, including ARLA Propertymark in Residential Lettings and Management, ARLA Propertymark in Residential Inventory Management, and NRLA Accreditation. Our comprehensive insurance coverage, membership in various industry bodies like ICO and PRS, and CMP (Client Money Protection) status further underscore our dedication to providing reliable and trustworthy services.