Pro­fes­sional agency you can re­ally trust

‘Real es­tate can­not be lost or stolen, nor can it be car­ried away. Pur­chased with com­mon sense, paid for in full, and man­aged with rea­son­able care, it is about the safest in­vest­ment in the world’ Franklin D Roo­sevelt

Harefield Gazette - - PROPERTY -

AS with any in­vest­ment there are no guar­an­tees about re­turns, but once the prop­erty has been ac­quired a ques­tion that of­ten presents is whether to man­age the prop­erty one­self or to em­ploy the ser­vices of a rep­utable let­ting agent, says Christo­pher Foster, manag­ing part­ner of Or­chard Prop­erty Ser­vices.

Or­chard Prop­erty Ser­vices prides it­self on be­ing such an agent, by re­li­giously ad­her­ing to both the As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­den­tial Let­tings Agents’ (ARLA) strict codes of con­duct and Christo­pher Foster’s per­sonal code of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ethics.

Christo­pher said: “For the in­di­vid­ual land­lord it can seem like a daunt­ing task to source suit­able ten­ants for your prop­erty, and in­deed this is one of the pri­mary ad­van­tages of lever­ag­ing the ex­ist­ing pools of prospec­tive ten­ants which Or­chard will have ac­cess to.

“Not only do we ad­ver­tise on ev­ery ma­jor por­tal, we also have a strict in-house pol­icy to en­sure that once a ten­ant has been found for you, they not only suc­cess­fully com­plete the stan­dard ref­er­ences, they also sat­isfy our obli­ga­tions needed to be a ten­ant.This means that by the time they move into your in­vest­ment you are sound in the knowl­edge that ev­ery­thing has checked, dou­ble checked and triple checked!”

“Many peo­ple, not just land­lords, have an aver­sion to or in­her­ent dis­com­fort in con­duct­ing busi­ness with com­plete strangers. For Or­chard Prop­erty Ser­vices this is our job, we know all the tricks of the trade, not just to sell your prop­erty to prospec­tive ten­ants but to col­lect rent, fend off ex­cuses, and to en­gage with all man­ner of queries at all hours of the day and (some­times) night, and most im­por­tantly to spot and re­ject the trick­ster/ prob­lem­atic ten­ants quickly and eas­ily.”

“Per­haps the most daunt­ing as­pect of self-manag­ing rental prop­er­ties is be­ing aware (and stay­ing abreast) of the nec­es­sary laws and reg­u­la­tions, from draw­ing up the nec­es­sary ten­ancy agree­ments to deal­ing with ar­rears.

“The ten­ancy agree­ment is the most im­por­tant part of this jig­saw and land­lords will of­ten try to save time by us­ing generic agree­ments which they find on­line.

“When dis­agree­ments oc­cur the agree­ment sim­ply may not be up to the job leav­ing the land­lord wish­ing they had made the ini­tial out­lay of get­ting it done prop­erly by an ex­pert in a let­ting agency.”

“If you are look­ing for a pro­fes­sional agency to source suit­able ten­ants for your in­vest­ment prop­erty, then I urge you to call me di­rectly on 01895 623 626 op­tion 2, and find out for your­self why our land­lords con­tinue to place their trust in us,” added Christo­pher.

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