HARRINGTONS LETTING SERVICES – PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Established in 1993, Harringtons Lettings have over twenty-seven years’ experience helping landlords. They let and manage their properties in Brighton, Hove, and Sussex area. We provide several professional lettings services for example. We are here to help the needs of our landlords. Our services include rent collection. Initial rental assessments. Finally, full property management services.
Please read more about the property services we provide.
This service is for landlords who do not require support with their tenancy. They are familiar with property management. They are up to date with the laws and regulations.
For instance, the service includes:
- Firstly, initial rent assessment
- Secondly, marketing and promotion of your property
- Thirdly, accompanying all prospective tenants to viewings
- Providing viewings feedback
- Obtaining a guarantor
- Preparing the tenancy documents and contracts
- Assisting tenants with the moving in process
- Carry out tenants’ applications to include right to rent checks.
- Preparing the tenancy documents to include the contract.
- Lastly, collecting the first month’s rent and deposit
Rent Collection Service
Our rent collection service is for landlords who want to be more hands on. Additionally, they have the time to deal with any problems. And can deal with maintenance issues with the tenants. Therefore, they do not have the means or understanding to deal with legal issues. They want to ensure the rent is collected on time.
This service includes everything covered within the Introduction Service plus:
- Ensuring that the rent is paid on time into your account from us by BACS.
- Tenancy renewal and negotiation of any rent increases
Additionally, we can assist landlords with:
For instance, this includes a comprehensive report on the condition of your property including photography.
We can provide you with a full professional report. This will outline what should be deducted from the tenant’s deposit. After that, photographs of the property will be provided.
Deposit registration and notices to the tenant
Similarly, for those who use our Introduction Service (included in our Rent Collection and Fully Managed Services)
Various optional extras
We have various services that can be taken as an optional extra. However, please contact us regarding these.
Fully Managed Service
Fully Managed Service is for landlords who require minimal involvement in managing their property. We would take care of all the requirements. However, we deal with the day-to-day management.
For instance, this service includes:
- Firstly, professional photography for placing it on the market.
- Secondly, featured property listing on Rightmove.
- Thirdly, inventory with full photographs
- A visit to your property for a three-month inspection, and then six monthly thereafter (to include full report with photographs)
- Deposit registration
- Check out report with photographs.
- Carrying out work and arranging maintenance and repairs
- Advice on all aspects of new laws and regulations
- Looking after you and your property throughout the tenancy
- Arranging a gas safety check
- Dealing with the deposit returns
- Project management of major works (subject to an additional fee)
- Arranging an electrical installation condition report
- Lastly, arranging portable appliance testing (PAT) certificate
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE (EPC)
To advertise your property, you will need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). However, please refer to our previous article for more information on this, click here.
All residential properties now must have carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke detectors must now be fitted on every floor. Please refer to the government website for more information – click here.
Electrical and PAT test reports (EICR’s)
Electrical Installation Condition reports are now compulsory. Additionally, they must be carried out every 5 years. Portable Appliances Test must be carried out to appliances. However, you need to ensure your appliances are safe.
Are you thinking of renting your property?
Our online valuation will give you a fast and easy estimate of its current rental value.
Therefore, to get started, simply enter a few details and you will be given an estimated rental value of the property. The online valuation uses data from millions of property records to give you the best possible estimate. Click here.
Marketing and advertising.
The lettings market has changed dramatically in the last five years. It is now more important than ever to employ the right marketing to achieve a premium rental income. We understand that the internet is now all important and where your office is irrelevant to what you are letting. Our statistics show this over the last 20 years.
The importance of correct advertising.
Over 92% of all property enquiries come from online portals. Whether they are your properties in Brighton town centre, central Hove or anywhere in Sussex it is important that it must be advertised in the correct way from the first day it goes on the market. There are many different aspects to this and if not done correctly you will not generate the best possible response. This can have an impact adversely on the rental price.
We advise on all major property website including Rightmove, Zoopla, On the market and Prime locations. Our managed landlords enjoy the benefits of featured lettings at no additional charge to them. Featured properties on Rightmove ensure that your property is seen at the top of every page every day. Rightmove featured listings have 22% more enquiries than normal advertising. We are one of the only agents that do this. The featured properties increase your advertising exposure.
It is paramount to have all the modern tools that you can to advertise your property. We have invested heavily in the correct technology to include a virtual tour. This allows tenants to go through the property and look at every room before they even attend it. It produces a huge amount more enquiries.
It is very important to have good quality photos of the property included within the advert. Figures from Rightmove state that 70% enquiries come within the first week of a property being listed.
We have ensured that all our staff are professionally trained. This allows us to get better photos than most other agents. Statistics show that properties with attractive photos get 55% more enquiries. Our photos are linked into our virtual tours.
Top tips for landlords on how to rent your properties.
Get your property ready to rent. Good first impressions count. Clear any outdoor and access areas and decorate your property in neutral colours. Create a feeling of space by taking away anything you are not planning on leaving. Every little touch makes a difference.
The better the property, the better the tenant.
Keeping your property immaculate and ready to let, will always guarantee a good tenant. A clean and tidy property with reasonable fittings and a neutral décor is always popular. You may wish to consider including WIFI and please do not hesitate to ask us about our facility that we can provide.
Always ask for a guarantor.
We find that most tenants can obtain a guarantor often being the tenants’ parents. This gives the landlord peace of mind increase of rent arrears. It is unusual but it can happen. When a guarantor enters into an agreement, he or she will normally agree to meet the full obligations of the tenancy agreement. They do this on behalf of the tenant. This includes any rent arrears. It would include damage and any other liability.
Without such protection, it can take substantial time to get possession of your property should an eviction become necessary. You may also incur legal costs and loss of rent throughout this process.
Obtain a proper tenancy agreement. This avoids any costly mistakes. You should get your agreement drawn up by a letting agent that has been approved by trading standards such as ourselves. Our tenancy agreements are approved unlike some local agents.
Always have an inventory carried out. This is a comprehensive document which includes all details about the condition of the property. This is before the tenant moves in. These will always include photos. The inventory is an essential document should any damage occur during the tenancy. Just in case deductions need to be made from the tenant’s deposit. If you do not have such a document, please ask Harringtons to discuss this with you.
Do not hesitate to contact us regarding any information you require for your property management. Please call us on 01273 724000.
Are you looking for landlord insurance?
Our sister company iInsure365 does all types of insurance for landlords. For instance, they include.
- Firstly, landlord insurance
- Secondly, commercial insurance
- Thirdly, unoccupied commercial insurance
- business insurance
- professional indemnity insurance
- Tenants contents insurance
- Buy to let insurance.
- Blocks of flats insurance.
- Lessee’s insurance
- Lastly, Directors and offices insurance
Finally, please do not hesitate to contact them on 01273 870090 or firstname.lastname@example.org