We had spent a very great deal of money on re-furbishing this property following a long term let, which ended in a 10K non payment and eviction so were very anxious to let (a) quickly (b) to good tenants and (c) for the best rent possible.
After three unsuccessful weeks with a free, on-line agency, we were again contacted by LT (they had quoted initially) with a phone call from their Sherard James, with whom we negotiated the final fee.
Within 4 days, we had a choice of two sets of tenants, both of whom were offering £220 pcm more than we had been asking online.
Having chosen one group, we left it to LT to do the referencing. Naughty girls! Of the 4, one had no job and another's job contract was 4 weeks from expiry without an option of renewal. However, full marks to the team at LT for spotting this, but we wondered just how lucky we would be a second time, especially with Christmas less than a month away.
However, no worries - LT's Nick found us our present tenants within (yes, yet again) 4 days. This time, they were absolutely up-front and honest and moved in on 10th December.
When we reviewed the statistics in our account on-line, we were amazed at the number of prospective tenants to whom the property had been shown. The team at Tooting must never stop. But. it is a numbers game - the more people see it, the better the chance of a let.
And to wrap up, with the end of the first year's let approaching, we've had only one, very minor problem with one of the tenants, to do with his mis-understanding his rights as a tenant vs our rights as landlords. Although we are "find tenant/collect rent" only, the manager, Alexander, did not hesitate when asked to play honest broker and everthing was very amicably settled. We give this agency's team 12/10 and look forward to doing more with the in future.