Landlord Tips

Landlord Tips

Avoid Void Property

As an agent or landlord having a void property could result in a loss of income, therefore avoiding a void property is something you should consider. We’ve put together some tips you can use to not just avoid a void property but retain your business should you face an empty property. Let To Pets Considering tenants with pets is something you should allow especially if you’re struggling to find suitable tenants. Letting to tenants with pets is likely to bring you a longer term rental as tenants in this situation tend to typically move less often. Think Longer Term Perform exceptional customer service from the very start of each tenancy. Think about using PropTech such as Openview Online to allow your tenants to access an online version of your agency alongside your traditional high street branch whilst Openview Task Manager allows your tenants to report repairs instantly online, allowing you …

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Contractors

Contractor Communication

Whether it’s your plumber, electrician or painter, communicating with your contractors is often a tricky process. We’ve outlined several things you should consider to achieve effective contractor communication. 1 Plan Plan your communication with contractors before you begin the tenancy, making sure they understand the responsibility they are undertaking. Should they be a company working on your behalf, ensure you have a point of contact you can call easily. 2 The Process Ensure you communicate with all your contractors in a similar fashion. Establishing a process of communication will allow your rentals to flow allowing you delivering outstanding customer service. Think about using Openview’s online portal, allowing all parties, contractors, landlords and tenants, to communicate instantly, giving you a seamless communication process. Think about using private social networks such as WhatsApp, LinkedIn or Facebook to establish a personal connection with your contractors too. 3 Repair Reporting Sometimes you need your …

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Estate Agent Tips

How To Guides For The Housing Sector

The government has released several “How To” guides for the housing sector. Whether it’s buying, selling or letting a property, the guides detail everything your tenants, buyers or vendors need to know. Should you be a letting agent it’s important you issue your tenants with a copy of the latest “How To Rent” guide at the start of a new or renewed tenancy. A copy of the latest “How To Rent” guide can be downloaded below along with the other guides below. How To Rent Guide How To Rent A Safe Home How To Let How To Lease How To Buy A Home How To Sell A Home Find out more about how Openview can assist you in the housing process, call us 0800 328 0460, email us info@vtuk.com or visit us vtuk.com.

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Compliance

Things Landlords Should Be Aware Of

With over 150 forms of landlord law, the complexities of drawing up a tenancy agreement and the continuous maintenance of the let, letting a property is getting more and more difficult. As a letting agent, you should elaborate on this when trying to win business from your landlord, convincing them to turn to a managed strategy. Below we’ve outlined key things your landlords and yourself as a letting agent need to consider. 1 Repairs Ensuring you correctly manage your repairs and maintenance will not only allow you to successfully serve a Section 21 but will also keep the property in good condition, reducing the risk of the tenant living in conditions unfit for human habitation. Openview’s Task Manager ensures tenant’s report repairs, instantly, online to yourself, meaning you can consult the contractor immediately, resolving the repairs process. 2 Tenants Knowing your tenant is an important part of letting a property. …

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