I don’t know if you have experienced it, but one of the worst nightmares for a landlord is a void period, a property empty with no sign of a new tenant. However in my experience there are ways to make sure this does not happen to you;
- Make sure your property is clean and tidy ( essential for a quick let )
- Good quality photographs ( to use for marketing)
- Ensure your property is reaching the widest possible range of tenants
Tenants prefer a letting agent to carry out the viewings; tenants will then often be more open and honest with any feedback at the viewing. You can benefit from this and make positive changes to your property. Generally your property should be clean and tidy, curtains should be open, and beds made. If you want to convince prospective tenants this is the home for them, then this is essential.
Can prospective tenants find your property?
List your property with an agent that uses Rightmove, with the majority of professional tenants looking online for their next property, property portals like Rightmove are essential to maximise interest in your property.
Are you available for viewings?
Remember most tenants are only able to view properties during the evenings and weekends. Letting agents can be available for viewings at short notice and can cut your void periods dramatically. Make sure your agent carries out viewings after office hours and weekends.
Having good quality photographs will increase the number of tenants enquiring-dramatically. Make sure your agent uses quality photographs when marketing your property.
How much rent can I get?
It would be nice to achieve a little more in rent, I know I would, however you do need to be realistic. If the rent is set too high you could be left with an empty property. Most agents will offer a free no obligation rental appraisal; it would be an idea for you obtain at least three rental appraisals. It is also a good opportunity to meet the agent and discuss their levels of service and fees. You can also set up a property alert on Rightmove so you always know what similar properties are going for, and weigh those properties up against what yours has to offer.
Director, Green City Lettings
ARLA Licensed Agent