We at Hythe and Waterside Lettings are specialists in the Residential Lettings Industry and take pride in our reputation for providing a professional and personal service to our Landlords. Our Directors and principal staff have over 30 years extensive experience and qualifications in this highly specialised and increasingly complex market. We deal with all types of property across the Waterside area on behalf of many landlords, including portfolio investors and Companies. When you rent a house or flat with Hythe & Waterside Lettings you are investing in peace of mind, which comes with knowing that you are using a Regulated Lettings Agency that adheres to a strict set of rules designed to protect Tenants and Landlords.
Hythe and Waterside - Landlord Information
Letting Property Made Easy in Simple Steps
Visit a Hythe and Waterside Lettings Negotiator who can guide you through the process.
Our Contemporary office is situated in a prominent location next to Hythe Pier and is open 7 days a week. Arrange for Hythe and Waterside to visit the property to carry out a Rental Valuation. At point of valuation, Hythe and Waterside will discuss the; rental price, legislation, tenancy agreements, notices, possessions, inventories, deposits, references and tenant suitability. Seek a second opinion from another Letting Agent, but make sure that you check their; reputation, qualifications, experience, success rates, where they advertise, professionalism and make sure that they are pro-active and have good communication skills. Check their marketing tools and where they advertise because if your property is not advertised through the correct media channels, it will not let quickly. The rental price that the property is marketed for must be realistic and will reflect; area, supply and demand, condition and rentability.
Instructing a Letting Agent
There is no such thing as `Sole Agency’ within the Lettings Industry. However there is an Agreement with Terms and Conditions, which the Landlord and Lettings Agent will sign.
Apart from our own website, Hythe and Waterside advertise in The New Forest Post, The Herald, Internet advertising on Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location. We use eye catching digital photos on the internet and within our office window. Your property is matched with our computerised database of prospective registered Tenants. SMS Text alerts keep you informed of progress and our Mobile Application is easy and informative for all to use. We use Facebook and Twitter which are also important Social Media sites.
Accreditation + Insurance
Hythe and Waterside are members of regulated Industry bodies; Association of Residential Letting Agents, The Ombudsman Scheme , Overseas Landlords Scheme and The Letting Specialist Solicitor Helpline. This means that our practices and client accounting systems are fully regulated and you and your property have the peace of mind that you are in safe hands. Hythe and Waterside take up insurances to further protect their landlords; Client Money Protection, Professional Indemnity Insurance and The Deposit Dispute Service.
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Preparing Your Home to Let
First Impressions really count. Look around every room in your house, your garden and your garage and make a note of any imperfections you might not normally see. Ask your Letting Agent for advice, spring clean, freshen paintwork in a neutral colour, de-clutter, eradicate smells, clean carpets, lighten rooms, update accessories where practical, keep the lawns mowed and paths and refuse areas tidy. Consider going out for viewings, (if the property is still occupied), this gives the viewer time to have a good look without any pressure.
Strict Tenant Selection
After every accompanied viewing you will receive feedback from your Lettings Agent as strict tenant selection is a must.
What happens after a Tenant has been secured with a Deposit?
Your Letting Agent will draw up the necessary administrations, apply for Employment References, Credit Checks and previous Landlord References.
The Landlords Obligations
Hythe and Waterside Lettings will liaise with the Landlord regarding the Gas Safety Check, Electrical Testing, Portable Appliance Testing, Fire Precautions, the `EPC’ Energy Performance Certificate and the Landlords Rental Guarantee Insurance.
The Tenancy Agreement
An Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement will be drawn up and both Landlord and Tenant will receive a copy before it is signed.
The Inventory is of paramount importance, it will be in-depth and will be used to check the property out when the tenant vacates.
Management of Your Property
Maintenance plays a big part in the letting of any rental property and our maintenance department are very pro-active on any issues and deal with them as they arise. We employ trustworthy, local and efficient contractors and we strive to keep prices low wherever possible, negotiating on your behalf.
WE WOULD NEVER INSTRUCT ANY MAINTENANCE WITHOUT YOUR AUTHORISATION
Regular Inspections are really important, as they give the Landlord peace of mind and reassurance that everything is ticking along nicely. Rent collection and invoicing via a computerised system with Industry recognised software is essential to make sure that your property can be let at the earliest opportunity and that your rent is credited to your account within 3 days of us receiving it. (Allowing for Weekends and Bank Holidays). Testing of smoke detectors, safe storage of keys, transfer of utilities, meter reading, annual auditing of clients accounts and statements are also important services which are provided at Hythe and Waterside.
NO LET, NO FEE
We sell quality of service, always