Things to consider when choosing a letting agent?

Christi Collins, Lettings Director at the Basingstoke office is urging all landlords and tenants to do their research on their letting agent prior to signing any agreements or handing over money.

As it stands, anyone with little or no experience can open a letting agency and operate freely without any training or qualifications; this means that unfortunately there are some agents who do not have the extensive knowledge required in order to ensure you are protected, and that you are complying with the many laws placed upon landlords when it comes to renting your property out.

Collins Residential are members of ARLA Propertymark (Association of Residential Letting Agents); which is the leading UK regulating body, and all of our staff are ARLA trained and qualified. We are also members of the ARLA Client Money Protection scheme; providing all of our clients with peace of mind, and also the property ombudsman. All tenants deposits are registered with the government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme as standard. We use third party companies for tenant referencing and inventories; which is also equally important. 

Here at Collins Residential we feel that if you are going to pay an agent to do a job, it is our responsibility to you as a customer to ensure that you are protected in every aspect of letting or renting, and also that you are also aware of the laws and legislation that you must comply with. 

We offer a no obligation rental appraisal, completely free of charge where we can talk you through the process from start to finish. Christi has over ten years experience in the local market, and is happy to offer guidance to any new or experienced landlords.

To find out more about Collins Residential lettings service you can contact us on 01256 224 597 or email