Ensure your agent is an accredited member of a self-regulating body such as RICS or ARLA in the same way that you would check your holiday is protected by ATOL or ABTA.
Heather Holloway, Lettings Manager says “Prospective Tenants should undertake more research on agents, landlords and properties before choosing a place to rent.
“Tenants should expect a property where they can see the EPC upfront unless it's Listed, with up-to-date electrical and gas safety certificates, and if required carbon monoxide detectors as well, plus evidence that their deposit is safely protected in a recognised scheme such as the Tenant Deposit Scheme.
Nick Cragg proprietor of Country Property recommends “Landlords would be well advised to take the time to research how to let a property legally and safely, before they appoint an agent to manage their valuable asset and in so doing ensure they are compliant with the rafts of Regulations that apply to rented property. Helping landlords and tenants spot the rogues beforehand has the potential to drive out the people who make it hard for those letting or renting property responsibly.
Contact Lettings Department at Country Property 01454 322339 for professional attention.