Letting agents providing student accommodation will 99% of the time, provide a very high standard of service. However, unfortunately not all of them stick to the same high standards. Choosing the wrong property agent for your student accommodation can lead to all sorts of problems, so here are a few of the main signs to look out for that should warn you to give a letting agent a wide berth. landlord property management
Every property agent will receive negative reviews from time to time, but if you carry out your research and find that a property agent has a particularly large amount of negative reviews, this could be a sign that you should choose a different agent.
It is easy to find reviews nowadays because you just have to make a quick search online and see what comes up. Also consider asking around to find other students who have used the estate agents to see if they would recommend them for your student accommodation.
No Tenancy Agreements
You must sign a tenancy agreement when you agree to live in student accommodation. However, some letting agents may tell you that this is not necessary. This will leave you unprotected and unsure of your rights when you stay in the property, so if your agent tells you not to bother with this then you know that you need to find a different one.
No Details of Landlords
Your letting agent should provide you with the details of your landlord, including their name and address. If they fail to provide you with these details then you should consider choosing a different agent who is happy to provide them when you move into your student accommodation.
When your agent shows you around a property, you will quickly be able to tell whether the property has been kept in a good condition or not. If the interior looks neglected, or there is equipment that is not working such as the boiler or shower, you can bet that you will have difficulty trying to get them to fix it. Never just take their word if they say they will sort it out, and ask yourself why they have not bothered to do it in the past.
Failing to Answer Your Questions
Make sure that you ask your letting agent lots of questions when you are considering renting student accommodation from them. A good agent will be happy to answer any questions that you have and will not try to hide anything. If you get the impression that your questions are not being answered in detail, move onto another agent who is more open and wants to help you.
Choose the Right Student Letting Agent
When you want to choose a letting agent for your student accommodation, the above are some of the main signs to look out for. Choosing the wrong letting agent can lead to a very unsatisfactory experience for you and your housemates, so make sure you choose a letting agent you can trust so that you can enjoy your time being a student as much as possible.
Natalina Sutherland and I’m the Marketing Manager at the regions premier letting agents Easilet.
Our reputation is built on customer satisfaction and we work hard to deliver the best professional, personal and student lettings solutions in the North East.