The buy-to-let market is undergoing many changes. Demand and rental prices continue to grow, with average asking rents outside of London rising for 13 consecutive quarters at £1,190 per calendar month, for new tenants during the first quarter of 2023. * This is good news for landlords because the increasing costs of interest rates and energy efficiency reforms are covered, and profits remain strong. Many of these changes and reforms can feel unsettling for landlords, which is why a good letting agent has never been more important. This is because, in order to protect your rights as a landlord, your property needs to be managed properly.
The Renters Reform Bill
This is on most landlords’ minds now and a cause for concern, but it needn’t be. Introduced to Parliament on May 17, 2023, but not expected to become law until October 2024. Its aim is to improve the lives of 2.3 million landlords. ** Section 8 will be strengthened, which allows landlords to end tenancy agreements early if they have good reason to do so. Despite the fears some have expressed about abolishing Section 21 "no fault" evictions, the reality is that it will make it easier for landlords to evict tenants for anti-social behaviour and repeated missed rent payments. And with the new legislation in place, landlords can insist on their tenants' pets having pet insurance, certificates, and, in the case of dogs, being microchipped. Landlords will be able to increase rents after a notice period. To make the most of this reform, landlords need to be compliant. By staying on the right side of the law, the law will protect you, ultimately helping you thrive as a landlord.
Agents have a database of tenants waiting to rent your property. But they will not do so unless the right screening process has been followed. Placing good tenants in your property is imperative and reduces the risk of any tenants who could act unlawfully while renting your property.
Experts on the property market
Agents know how to maximise your rent by understanding the market. From knowing which areas to invest to tips on making the most of your property. Expert agents who deal with tenants every day can protect your investment by understanding the competition and the latest trends.
Maintaining your property
Your property will be kept in tip-top shape by a team of reputable contractors who have a long-established relationship with your agent. Arranging inspections will give you peace of mind, and keeping your tenants happy will save you time and money by preventing costly repairs.
Preventing and sorting any disputes
By using an agent, your property, contract, and tenant placement processes will be kept compliant on all levels. This reduces the potential for any disputes, and if they do arise with an agent’s team behind you, any conflicts will be resolved quickly.
Managing property can feel like a full-time job; perhaps it is. From marketing to maintenance, contracts to conflicts, agents will save you time, stress, and worry. This frees up your time so you can concentrate on other aspects of your life, such as expanding your property portfolio while protecting your investment.
Excel as a landlord and embrace the changes that open doors of opportunity by contacting us today.