Fred Jones

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 12

Fred Jones

9:57 AM, 13th August 2014, About 7 years ago

Naive Questions from Landlords?

If that’s the case, I guess Property 118 isn’t the place for him, but it is for many other people who don’t consider themselves guru’s in the business.
I would however agree with some members using the site to offer their services to others. The site is supposed to be a none advertising site isn’t it? And supported by members donations.... Read More

Fred Jones

23:21 PM, 7th August 2014, About 7 years ago

5 Killer Questions to Choose a Letting Agent

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "07/08/2014 - 07:02":

Hi Mark sorry for the delay.

Ok, questions I think may be important and relevant are:
1, How do you vet a tenant?: (a) is it done purely in-house (b) do you use a vetting agency or (c) do you do both?
2, How do you market the property: internet (which portals etc) and media?
3, What length of tenancy would they recommend and why?
4, If there are repairs required on the property, do you assess who’s liable, and how do you oversee that the work is done correctly?
5, How do you handle things if the tenant abandons the property?

Though I am sure there are many more.... Read More

Fred Jones

23:10 PM, 6th August 2014, About 7 years ago

5 Killer Questions to Choose a Letting Agent

How poor some people think when it comes to what a letting agent should do or be: For me an agent should act professionally, charge as little as possible but be allowed to make a profit.
So far, I see questions that are not in the slightest relevant to what should be expected.
1. What is your average void period across your managed portfolio? And you non-managed? (As long as your property does not have void periods, what does it matter? Some landlords have great properties, some have not so good properties. Whose fault is that? - not the agents.)
2. What stock do you have available to let as an average, and how many lettings negotiators do you have to let them? (How does this apply to a small family agent with all their properties let out, or a group agency with 20 or 30 properties still on the market?)
3. What percentage of tenants deposit do you return as an average across the last year? And what is the biggest area of contention? (I can see why you may ask this one, but again I think this is only relevant if the agent is scamming the tenant.)
4. How many clients have you lost to a competitor over the last 12 months, and what was the principal reason for their defection? (What agent should have to answer this & do you really expect them to answer it?)
5. Why should I instruct you rather than any other letting agent in this area? (I guess that would come down to every good question you failed to ask).
Also Marks question of what professional qualifications! (There are lots of companies out there who do an excellent job and don’t have any professional qualifications in the industry, some who have been trading for many years. There are also many NAEA/ARLA etc. agents who have been found to be dis-honest & fraudulent! Professional qualifications stand for nothing without trustworthiness. )
Feedback on is only relevant if you are a registered agent with them.... Read More

Fred Jones

10:30 AM, 7th July 2014, About 7 years ago

Time scales for vacated tenant's goods?

You may want to read the information on the .gov site, link below! Read More

Fred Jones

16:23 PM, 20th May 2014, About 8 years ago

What To Do When A Tenants Guarantor Dies?

Hi, I have looked again at my tenancy agreement and it states under a section of the agreement
E. Rent
The tenant agrees to the following:
1. That all tenants will provide the relevant documents, including, but not limited to, an information and referee form and a suitable guarantor.
As she no longer as one, is she not a breach of the tenancy?
Also as the rent is paid direct, she is not in areas. However, the question is still also regarding damages.
what would be best grounds for eviction?... Read More