LETTING AGENT NIGHTMARE
I understand your article on letting to students ( Finweek, 29 November 2012) – but the big question is whether owners of homes or apartments are not letting to students because of hopeless letting agents. Which body controls letting agents? Any code of conduct? IEASA refuses to acknowledge that estate agents also act as letting agents. It is up to enterprising journalists to provide a list of what is expected of letting agents, and that is not simply collecting rent. Please discuss in an article: If the letting agent does not manage the property in a satisfactory manner, what do we do? (Remember he has already pocketed one month’s rental as a “finder and managing” fee – he gets that in advance) Do we take the letting agent to the small claims court? Do we report the letting agent to the EAAB? Will the EAAB hold a hearing? Will the letting agent be blacklisted by the EAAB? Will the list of blacklisted letting agents be available on the EAAB website? Will IEASA hold a hearing? Will the letting agent be blacklisted by IEASA?