By Griffin Lettings on 16/01/19 | Lettings Advice

When it comes to renting out your property, you need a property lettings agent you can trust. At Griffin Lettings, we believe in making the letting process as simple as possible, finding you the right tenant and all for one transparent and affordable price. Whether this is your first property rental or you have been renting out properties for years, we would be delighted to assist.

Choosing the Right Lettings Agent For Your Property

List your property for only £19.95

One of the most important priorities for us as a company is to give our customers value for money. Where other letting agents might hit you with confusing or hidden charges, we make it very simple with our fixed fee listings. For just £19.95, we’ll list your property with the UK’s leading property rental portals, including Rightmove and Zoopla, so that your property is put in front of thousands of people looking for a property like yours.

Sign-up is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Signing up and listing your property really is as easy as 1, 2, 3, and we’re on hand to help you every step of the way. If you’d like to have a chat with us about listing your property, our team is available to give you advice on the important things like taking photos, choosing a rental price, formulating a tenancy agreement and writing a great description.

1. Signing up

In 20 minutes or less, your property will be listed online using some of the most well-known and reputable property portals in the country.

2. Upload and go live

You can upload your property in mere moments. Our letting experts will check the details before your listing goes live to the nation. Once your property is live, you can sit back, relax and wait for prospective tenants to get in touch. And because we’ve carefully selected the most popular portals used by tenants today, we are sure you’ll be hearing from them very soon!

3. Renting your property

We’ve also made it easy for you to communicate with prospective tenants through our secure online portal. From here, you can give prospective tenants more information and arrange viewings. Our letting experts are also on hand to help with credit checks, deposits and references.

 

The easy way to rent your property

If you are looking for a no-nonsense approach to renting your property that will help you to get maximum exposure and maximum returns on your property investment, come to Griffin Lettings. We have years of experience and are on hand to help with every aspect of the lettings process.

By Griffin Lettings on 14/01/19 | Lettings Advice

Viewing a property with a view to renting can be a very exciting time, but one where you will need to have your wits about you and also do a little research beforehand. Whether this is your first time renting or you are a seasoned tenant with a few properties under your belt, this is going to be your home and so it pays to ensure you get as much as you can out of the viewing. Here are a few tips for making the most out of that first viewing so that you can make a smart decision.

How to Make the Most Out of the Property Viewing

Find out as much as possible in advance

We live in an age where technology has brought the information we need into our homes and pockets. Most letting agents now publish the properties they have available on sales and lettings portals such as Zoopla and Rightmove and also on their own websites. These listings often have a lot of detail included like photos, floor plans, additional fees or charges, details about the area and many more nuggets of information that can help you to decide whether to book a viewing.

Phone a friend

If you are looking for a property on your own, it’s a great idea to take a friend or family member along with you for advice. You can view each room together, taking note of any defects or features along the way. The best bit is discussing the viewing over a coffee or glass of wine afterwards!

Make a list of pros and cons

A property listing online can give you a good idea of what to expect before you view a property for the first time. However, photos can be deceiving and they can be out of date. The best way to remember what a property looks like is to view the property and take photos and make notes as you walk around. Afterwards, you can make a list of pros and cons to help you make a decision. For example, there may be a lot of noise from traffic outside. Photos can never tell you this and while your agent may be honest about the fact, you really do need to experience it for yourself and decide whether you can live with it.

Look for defects and confirm features exist

From mould and condensation and the brightness in each room, it is important to look closely during your viewing to find the things that might not have been mentioned in the property listing. Also, is that airy bedroom really airy or freezing cold?

Check the area out before you arrive

Arriving early for your viewing and checking out the area beforehand can give you a real sense of what it would be like to live there. Spend some time walking around, taking in the daily traffic and the amenities as you go.

Wherever you plan to move, that first viewing is one of the most important aspects of renting a property. Take your time, take in as much information as possible and do your research. That way you can reduce the chances of any nasty surprises and increase your chances of finding a property to suit your needs.

By Griffin Lettings on 02/01/19 | Lettings Advice

The buy-to-let market is booming. As more and more young people struggle to build up the deposits they need to afford their own homes, they are turning increasingly to rented accommodation. If you see yourself as something of an entrepreneur or simply want to create a new source of income for your family, becoming a landlord could be a great idea. In this article, we’ll look at some of the things you’ll need to consider and how to get the best from the experience.

Do your research and learn from others

One of the best ways to learn how to become a landlord is to listen to others who have been there and done it. The National Landlords Association, for example, is a great way to meet landlords and letting agents and get trustworthy advice based on years of experience.

Which property?

At some point, you’re going to need to decide which type of property to let. Perhaps you already have a property or perhaps you are looking to invest in a property. Speak to a lettings agent in the first instance to see which type of properties are in demand and which areas have the most demand. This can give you a good idea of the type of property that will not only be easy to let today, but long into the future. For example, if you let out a property near a university or hospital, you will no doubt have many students and hospital staff looking for accommodation all year round.

Budget and income

Doing your property and area homework will also give you a good idea of the rate of rent you can comfortably expect. If you are considering a buy-to-let mortgage, seek the advice of a mortgage broker to help you to find the best rate of interest. You should also think about the amount of profit you can generate once the mortgage payments and any other charges are taken into account.

First impressions count

Once you have decided on the property you wish to rent out, ask yourself this question - would you want to live there? If the answer is no, then it’s time to take action and prepare your property for the first tenants. In addition to decorating and making each room presentable, you will need to consider safety aspects of your property, such as the boiler, electricity and whether there is any condensation or mould that could potentially cause health issues. All of these things should be in order before you put your property on the rental market.

Find a good lettings agent

Many landlords choose to use a lettings agent to handle the administration and management of their rented property. From arranging viewings and drawing up paperwork to managing rental payments and dealing with any issues, a lettings agent can do much of the hard work for you.

If you are considering renting out your first property, we’d be delighted to tell you more about the properties we have available and how to land your first paying tenant.

By Griffin Lettings on 01/01/19 | Lettings Advice

Renting your first home can be a very liberating and exciting experience. It can also be a stressful and daunting one. However, with a little planning and research and a great agent behind you, there is no reason why you can’t have a hassle-free and happy moving day. In this article, we’ll take a look at the things you need to know and prepare for before you are handed the keys to your new home.

What Do First-time Renters Need to Know Before Moving Day?

Do your homework

Remember when your teachers would say doing your homework was important? Well, they were right, and that advice still applies outside the school gates. Thanks to the technology we have available today, there is no excuse or reason not to do some thorough fact-finding before renting your first property. From checking out the local area to finding the perfect property, all of these tasks can be carried out online.

Don’t stretch yourself

When renting a property, it is always important that you choose a property that you can afford. Living beyond your means could land you in hot water further down the line. Unpaid rent or late payment could mean you are evicted or that you find it hard to get a favourable reference from your landlord. In addition to your monthly rental costs, also be aware of any hidden costs, such as utility bills.

Be aware of deposits

Most rented accommodation requires a security deposit to be put down before you can move in. This down payment is usually kept by the landlord to pay for potential damage that is caused to the property while you are living there. If you decide to move to another property, a final inspection will be carried out by the landlord and your deposit paid back to you if everything is in order. Details of deposits together with their terms should be included in your tenancy agreement.

Get everything in writing

Before you agree to move into a property or part with any money, it is important to have everything drawn up in writing. This will ensure you know exactly where you stand as a tenant. A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document that details the rights, rules and regulations that you and your landlord need to agree on. It is essential that you understand the document before signing on the dotted line. If there are any areas you are not sure of, be sure to take them up with your agent or the landlord directly.

These are just some of the things you should be aware of a first-time renter. If you have any questions about finding the right property or your rights as a tenant, our team would be delighted to help.

By Griffin Lettings on 30/11/18 | Lettings Advice

As the cold weather and dark nights continue to draw in and you find yourself spending more time indoors, you might be feeling a little claustrophobic and in need of more space. Or perhaps your family is growing in size and you need more bedrooms and more living space in general. Whatever the reasons, knowing the right time to upsize and find a bigger rented property could make all the difference to your quality of life and enjoying the time you spend at home. In this article, we’ll look at the most common reasons for upsizing and how to find a property with more space.

When is the Right Time to Upsize and Find a Bigger Rented Property?

The great escape - for you and your friends and family

One of the most common reasons for upsizing is the need for more space to escape to and for friends and family to come and stay. If you’re fed up with pulling out the sofa bed, bumping into your mother-in-law on the way to the one bathroom in the house or you simply want to invite friends to stay more often, finding a bigger property will solve all of these problems and more.

A growing family

When it is just the two of you in a one-bedroom flat, space might not be an issue. It is only when the prospect of another person, albeit a little one, becomes a reality that you need to consider expanding your living space. While you might not need another bedroom in the first few months, it will become a necessity as your baby grows into a toddler.

Building a forever home

With long-term leases come long-term dreams. If you are considering a bigger property to turn into your forever home, you are not alone. More and more tenants are looking for properties they can call home for the foreseeable future. Perhaps you are looking for a property with a garden or a few extra bedrooms to turn into a study, playroom or TV room.

Flexible working arrangements

For many, the dream of working from home is becoming a reality as more and more employers allow their staff to ditch the commute and adopt this more flexible and convenient way of working. If space is an issue, you might want to consider upsizing to a property that has enough room for a home office, or at the very least a large desk and space for a printer.

When is the right time to upsize?

Whatever your reasons for moving to a bigger rented property, there is never a wrong or right time to start looking. Properties come and go throughout the year and so it’s a good idea to tell your agent what you are looking for early so that you don’t miss out. Have a list of must-haves so that your agent knows exactly what you are looking for and what you absolutely won’t or can’t compromise on.

If you would like to find out more about renting a property, get in touch with the team here at Griffin Lettings. We would be delighted to assist.

By Griffin Lettings on 12/11/18 | Lettings Advice

The property rental market is booming and it shows no signs of stopping. More and more landlords are investing in property and thanks to high prices in the sales market, more people are choosing to rent instead of buying outright. Whether you are looking for your first property rental or you are a seasoned tenant, here are a few tips to help you find the perfect property to rent.

5 Tips On Finding The Perfect Property To Rent

1. Review Your Finances

One of the first things a landlord will need to know is that you can afford the rent on their property and that you can make payments comfortably going forward. Before you go and view a property, get a good idea of what you can afford each month taking into account other expenses, such as energy bills, car costs, contents insurance, broadband and other living expenses. You will also need to have a deposit available to secure the property.

2. Finding A Property To Rent

Thanks to technology and the sheer amount of properties available in most regions, you should have no problem making a shortlist of properties to view. Take a day out of your schedule to visit local estate agents and view online property rental portals to get a good idea of what is out there. Just keep in mind that the rental property moves fast and property in high-demand areas will go fast. When you see a property you like, move as fast as you can.

3. Ask The Right Questions

Before you sign any tenancy agreement it is important to know as many facts as possible about a property. For example, if there is a garden, find out who is responsible for maintaining it. If you are thinking of owning a pet in the near future, make sure this is permitted in your tenancy agreement. Also, try to get a breakdown of any charges that are included in your rental agreement so that you know what you are paying for, when and why.

4. Check The Inventory

The inventory is a list of all items contained within the property right down to the last knife and fork or minor defect. Make sure you carefully review the inventory and make the landlord aware of any missing or damaged items the moment you move in, or before if you can. For example, if there is a mark on the carpet that is not mentioned on the inventory or anywhere in the tenancy agreement, make the landlord aware so that you are not held responsible. Not doing so may mean you don’t get your full deposit back.

5. Paying The Rent

Your rent will usually be paid by standing order directly from your bank account. Non-payment is a serious breach of your tenancy agreement and you should always go into any property rental with the confidence that you can afford your rent each month. If you do run into any difficulties, always be upfront and try to resolve any payment issues as quickly as possible in order to avoid court action or marks being made against you on future references.

If you would like to find out more about renting a property, get in touch with the team here at Griffin Lettings. We would be delighted to assist.

 

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