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Advice on dealing with property management agents

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« on: August 06, 2020, 06:19:09 PM »

Iím a private house owner renting out my house because I have found a good job 200 miles away from my property. I donít make any money from the rental; in fact, I have spent out more in repairs than I have received in rent. It has currently been rented out for 2 years.
I currently use an estate agent local to the house to manage the rental and the tenancy.
The first set of tenants left the house in a bad state and it cost me £700 to put it right. The estate agents were not very proactive in getting this money back for me (the tenants had put down a deposit) and I only received £250.
The second set of tenants were much better, but now they too are leaving. The estate agent seems to be slow in finding tenants, and there also appears to be some confusion as to who is doing what. They said the current tenants didnít want any physical visits due to pandemic, but when I contacted them, they said they had agreed to physical visits.
I need to have new tenants in place by 14th September
I would really appreciate some advice. Do I look for another estate agent, or property agent? Or do I just need to be more assertive?
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2020, 09:35:16 AM »

Why are you persisting in being a Landlord..? You have no interest in it and you're making no money from it. A Letting Agent isn't going to be that interested in you... you're a small fish, you see? They will consider you to be noise level... if anything... changing Agent probably won't change that, unless you move to a one-person outfit who is incredibly grateful for the dribble of funds that they get from you. You have to understand (and you probably do) that Letting Agents are lazy... heck, Landlords are lazy... it's about getting money for old rope. They'll only be concerned, and sometimes not even then, when the income stream dries up. You could kick-up a fuss... you'd likely make enemies in the Agent... you could move... out of the frying pan into the fire... or you could do something more drastic.

Your expectations of finding a professional and conscientious Letting Agent are probably far too high, to be fair.
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