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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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  • Charmaine Cheung

    Rented a place in London through Samuel Estates even when I was still living abroad, thanks to the fantastic Bilal Jamil who was so helpful throughout the whole process, helping arrange the virtual viewing and following up promptly right through to the move in date. Thank you so much Bilal!

  • Kia Wing

    The process right from searching to signing the contract has been smooth and easily laid out. Stefano has been amazing from the beginning of the process. He's been very responsive and understanding of what we needed, going the extra mile to secure us the perfect property. We would 100% recommend Stefano and Samuel Estates to anyone looking for their next property.

  • Natalia Sanchez

    We found a new place to rent through Samuel Estates and our experience so far has been quite positive. Bilal, who has been our main contact responsible for the "onboarding process", signing contracts etc.. has been very helpful and responsive solving all our questions promptly and keeping us updated during the whole time.

  • Lasse Berglund

    Bilal and Aleyna were both extremely helpful during our latest search for a flat.

    Booking viewings via email was painless, and the whole offer and referencing process was very smooth.

  • Brian Sharland

    Dealing with Samuel's Estate Agents has been a real pleasure. Their staff are friendly, courteous and efficient. All our queries were taken seriously and answered usually on the spot. The paperwork was sorted out quickly and the few issues after we had moved in were handled quickly too. Their aftercare is as good as their service.

  • Damir Lipa

    Brilliant service from Lina, my property manager at Samuel Estate in Streatham. Always available, positive attitude, prompt response and follow up to all requests, proactive and professional. Highly recommended!

  • isabela maciel

    Very happy with the services provided. From the lady who picked up the phone and managed to squeeze me into a viewing for 15 minutes after the call, to Stefano who showed the property and assisted me through the offering process with his excellent expertise. Also happy with the post signing service so far, including support for setting up and transferring bills.

  • Ava Chiu

    The whole renting process was very smooth. Agent Stefano is professional and responsive to our queries by providing detailed info every time. We love the property and area but it is a shame that the property is full of heavy cigarette smell in the upholstery which is deep inside and hard to get rid of the smell e.g. leather sofa. The whole experience will be even better if the smell has been removed by professional cleaning before we moved in. Unfortunately, Samuel Estate could not help much on this after we reported. Apart from this, the experience was good and staff are helpful! That's why it's 4 stars. Otherwise, we will give 5 definitely.

  • Christian Larsson

    I have been a happy client for many years and I continue to use Samuel Estates for my property management. Professional, transparent and service minded.

  • Ross Campbell

    My partner and I are a week away from moving in! The staff at Samuel Estates have been very helpful and quick to respond to any quieres throughout the process. Having engaged with almost all agencies within the area by far have found these to have the best properties and the best staff!

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