Changing Estates Agents or Property Management Service Providers

Changing Estate Agents and Management Provider

There are many myths and misunderstandings about transferring estate agents, especially if you’re in the middle of a tenancy agreement. Here, we look to debunk some of those myths and help you get a clearer picture of the benefits and process of changing estate agent.  

Expand the statements below to learn more about how easy the process is with Samuel Estates.

1. I have signed an agreement with my Letting Agent, so I must stay.

In most cases, you will be tied into an initial fixed term period with your letting agent. This is to avoid landlords leaving a company immediately after an agent has invested considerable time and effort in finding, referencing and moving in a new tenant.  

The initial term can vary from agent to agent, but it is usually 6 to 12 months. The best place to start is to check the Terms of Business that you have signed. This document will outline the fixed term period and the notice that you must give to terminate your contract.  

If you are out of your initial fixed term or are approaching the end of the contract, you can most likely end the contract by giving one or two-months’ written notice. This doesn’t have to coincide with the end of your current tenancy.  

2. I have tenants in the property and don't want to lose them. Will I have to wait until the end of their tenancy?

Many landlords believe that they have to wait until the end of a tenancy to changing estate agent. However, this is not the case. The Tenancy Agreement is between the landlord and tenant, with the agent working on behalf of the landlord. Changing agent doesn’t affect the legal rights or obligations of either party.   

It’s a much more straightforward process to transfer estate agent during an ongoing tenancy as it means that the new agent can smoothly transition the property without the added task of advertising and finding a tenant.  

If a letting agent has not been delivering on service, the tenant will likely be pleased that the management is changing, meaning that they may be more likely to stay in the property for longer than they would have with the previous agent.  

3. I don't want the hassle of transferring Estate Agent.

Changing letting agent – whether at the end of or during a tenancy – is a straightforward process for landlords. Once a landlord has given their agent written notice that they would like to leave, the new agent will handle all aspects of the switch on behalf of their client.  

At Samuel Estates, we are experienced in taking over management from other letting agents and make the process as straightforward as possible for our clients. We will:  

  • Contact the tenant  

The first step for us is to get contact details for your tenant. We liaise with the tenant directly regarding the changeover, letting them know who we are and when we will be taking over the property. We ensure that the tenant knows who to contact in the event of any maintenance issues, and has the correct bank details to make rent payments.  

  • Obtain tenancy documents  

Including the Tenancy Agreement, prescribed information, referencing reports, deposit details, and check-in inventory.  

  • Obtain property documents  

Including safety certificates and warranties. We will check that your property is fully compliant with current safety legislation.  

  • Collect keys  

We will collect all sets of keys held by the previous agent on behalf of the landlord.  

  • Arrange a property inspection  

Our initial inspections are scheduled in the first six weeks from taking on the property.

4. Are all agents not the same, surely it is not worth the hassle of changing.

While most letting agents – on paper anyway – offer similar lettings and property management services, how these services are carried out can be very different.   

The main variables between letting agents, ones which can lead to the success or breakdown of the landlord-agent relationship, include:  

  • Competence  
  • Regulation  
  • Communication  

Regulated letting agents must adhere to a strict code of practice, encouraging professionalism within the industry.  

Check that the agent is qualified to manage your property. Samuel Estates is a fully regulated and licensed ARLA (& NAEA) Propertymark agency.   

Lack of communication is one of the most common complaints from landlords looking to change letting agent.  

We offer a dedicated Property Manager, meaning that landlords have one point of contact.  

  • Transparency  

Landlords trust letting agents to manage their most valuable assets, and so agents must be completely transparent in everything that they do. We believe in always being honest with our clients and working in their best interest, even if it means less profit for us.  

We would love to hear from you if you are thinking about switching from your current letting agent.

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  • Charlie

    I’m not someone to usually write a review, but I was highly impressed with the service I received from Samuel Estates. I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone looking for a new home. I have had to move a few times over the last few years and she was the best estate agent I have ever dealt with. She was helpful, professional and answered any questions we had promptly and efficiently. She made the process stress-free and took care to make sure we was happy every step of the way. I highly recommend.

  • Garfieldield Davidson

    Got looked after very well by Jessica, very professional and always on time for viewing which I loved.

  • Vincent Board

    We have been very happy with the level of service we receive from Lina Svegzdaite and the team at Samuel Estates. They keep us regularly updated on the properties and are always quick to respond to any questions or queries either from ourselves or from our tenants.

  • Diana Chira

    Me and my boyfriend have had a great experience with Samuel Estates. Very professional, informative and responsive at all times. Bilal Jamil in particular has been very helpful with everything we needed. Would highly recommend.
    Many thanks to BJ again. 🙌🏼

  • raj kumar

    special thanks to Daniel. he has been very kind and helpful. he made that whole thing very easy. very professional and friendly agent. thanks SAMUEL ESTATES.

  • Angel Li

    Nicole Smith was helpful and prompt to resolve the issues I reported with the flat and made my stay much smoother for sure. I appreciate her call after the issue was fixed just to give that extra personal touch.

  • Dahye

    I recently rented a flat as an international student, and the process couldn't have been easier thanks to Samuel Estates, and more specifically my property manager, Lina Svegzdaite. She has been extremely helpful and accommodating from the moment I landed in London, and has continued to provide great support to my queries, no matter how small. Made moving and adjusting to a new climate less stressful and easy to navigate thanks to her support- highly recommend.

  • Gabriela Santos

    Nicole Smith (Colliers Wood office) was super helpful to try and resolve an issue we had. And she did!!! Thank u very much!

  • Ania Kocznur

    Have had the most seamless experience in finding my new rental with Samuel Estates. Bilal was responsive and on the ball in keeping me up to date with all matters in sorting out the tenancy, and whenever I called the office there was always someone available to help immediately or address my questions. The justmovein service provided for free too made the admin of sorting out bill transfers etc. completely stress free. Highly recommend!!

  • Alex Chung

    we are very happy & they are helpful on the whole process for renting house, quick respond with clear information to us.

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