Know­ing you are in good hands with a safe agent

Harefield Gazette - - UXBRIDGE PROPERTY -

SAFE AGENT:

The team at Bennett Res­i­den­tial (from left) let­tings ne­go­tia­tor Bobby Mal­ick, let­tings manager Bradley Smith, prop­erty manager Emma Pow­ell and Maria Mazurenko pro­mot­ing Safe Agent Week 2015, a cam­paign to en­cour­age peo­ple to choose rep­utable agents who be­long to a client money pro­tec­tion scheme.

BENNETT Res­i­den­tial, which has been es­tab­lished as a lead­ing in­de­pen­dent agent in the area for more than 26 years, was proud to sup­port last week’s SAFE agent Aware­ness Week 2015.

For any­one not aware of the scheme, it re­quires its mem­bers to ad­here to a strict code of pro­fes­sional con­duct and en­sure that all ten­ants’ de­posits are reg­is­tered with a gov­ern­ment-ap­proved scheme.

In Bennett Res­i­den­tial’s case this is the Ten­ancy De­posit Scheme (TDS). Mem­ber agents also have to of­fer

Client Money Pro­tec­tion (CMP), which means all ten­ancy de­posits have to be kept in a sep­a­rate ‘ring-fenced’ bank ac­count and be prop­erly au­dited.

In the un­likely event that the com­pany ceases to trade, the ten­ancy de­posits are cov­ered by an in­sur­ance­backed scheme mean­ing that nei­ther the ten­ants or land­lords are left out of pocket.

Bennett Res­i­den­tial take is­sues of com­pli­ance very se­ri­ously and is also a li­censed mem­ber of ARLA (The As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­den­tial let­ting Agents),The Lon­don Rental Stan­dard and the NAEA (Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion

of Es­tate Agents).

Man­ag­ing direc­tor Philip Bennett MNAEA MARLA said: “Whether you are a first-time land­lord, just start­ing with buy to let, or a more ex­pe­ri­enced ‘port­fo­lio land­lord’, it is im­por­tant that you take the ad­vice of a wellestab­lished and li­censed let­ting agent who is up to date with the lat­est and ever-chang­ing leg­is­la­tion.”

Bennett Res­i­den­tial let­tings manager Bradley Smith added: “I am con­stantly sur­prised that land­lords are pre­pared to leave what is a very valu­able as­set in the hands of the low­est bid­der.”

He has met many land­lords who

have fallen prey to let­ting agents tempt­ing land­lords with very low fees who have ended up with prob­lem­atic ten­ants who cost land­lords much more in the long run than pay­ing a slightly higher fee to a qual­ity agent who would pro­vide them with a smooth, trou­ble-free let­ting ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you have a prop­erty you are cur­rently look­ing to let then Bennett Res­i­den­tial would love to hear from you. Pop in and see the team at 10 High Street, Uxbridge, call 01895 812244 or email re­cep­tion@ ben­net­tres­i­den­tial.co.uk.

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