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Non-resident Landlords that reside outside of England

At Samuel Estates, we offer overseas landlords a comprehensive range of lettings and management services. Whether you’re seeking to let out your home or investment property, trust is essential, and you’re in safe hands with us. 

If you’re moving abroad and have decided to let a property in England and Wales, there’s a lot to consider before you leave the country:  

Letting your property  

It takes skill and expertise to negotiate a tenancy successfully to completion and still achieve the best possible price. Backed by over 15 years of experience, in-house and extensive industry training, our staff can offer expert advice on both the letting process and your legal obligations as a landlord.

Helping you grow your investment 

We have a hands-on approach, and our Directors and Heads of Lettings & Property Management enjoy meeting portfolio clients to discuss specific requirements and advise where we can add value.

Management of your property 

If you choose to manage the property yourself while living abroad, you will need to consider practicalities and logistics. Simple things such as communication with the tenant can be difficult, especially if there is a time difference between countries.  

Our experienced property management team looks after many properties on behalf of overseas clients. We carry out regular property inspections and report back to our clients directly on the condition of their properties. We are the sole point of contact for tenants, so you don’t have to worry about routine repairs and maintenance, or experience the unpleasantness of late-night phone calls.  

We’ll keep you updated every step of the way through regular communication, whether that’s email, phone calls or video chats. We’ll also update your property information regularly on Landlords Online, an online cloud that enables efficient property management and communication between you and us.  

Address to serve notice  

If you’re living abroad, you should be aware that your tenant must have an address in England or Wales for where they can serve notice. This is required under Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.  

As you can see, letting a property while living abroad has its complexities, so an agent you can trust is a necessity. At Samuel Estates, we make the process easy and hassle-free.  

Living abroad and looking to change the agent currently managing your property?  

If you would like to move your property from another agent to Samuel Estates, we can help to ensure the transfer process is as smooth as possible. We’ll keep you and your incumbent tenants fully updated at all times. 

Safeguarding against property fraud  

We aim to keep all landlord clients updated on important property issues. Land and buildings are frequently the most valuable assets people own and can be sold and mortgaged to raise money. They can, therefore, be attractive targets for fraudsters. HM Land Registry, professional conveyancers and mortgage lenders all have safeguards in place to minimise the risk of fraud. However, landlords themselves must do what they can to help prevent fraud and protect this valuable asset.  

If you own a property registered with the Land Registry, you have to provide an ‘address for service’. This is an address to which the Land Registry will send letters and notices if they need to contact you, such as where they have received an application concerning your property. Many Landlords don’t do this, resulting in their rental property being the ‘address for service’ rather than their private home address. A Landlord may then not be alerted that someone is inquiring about their property. You can have up to three ‘addresses for service’ on the register. One of these must be a postal address, but this does not have to be in the UK. The other two addresses can include:  

  • A UK or overseas postal address  
  • An email address  

If you would like any advice or guidance, please feel free to contact our one of our offices or call 020 8090 9000, and a member of the team will be more than willing to help. 

Testimonials from our Non-resident Landlords

“Since moving overseas in 2006, having Samuel Estates managing our UK investment property has given us peace of mind that an expert team is acting on our behalf with our best interests in mind. Timely communication is important and Samuel Estates modern sophisticated tools, ensure our interactions are always seamless.”

David & Karen Nye, Newcastle, Australia

I have been using Samuel Estates since 2004 on a fully managed basis; this made sense for me as I moved abroad soon after buying my property. In my first week away from the UK I had an e-mail from Samuel Estates to inform me that there had been a major leak from the boiler and the flat was uninhabitable as a result of this; the tenants had already been re-housed and the insurance company informed and there was nothing for me to worry about; they just wanted to keep me informed! Perfect service.

Since then the flat has seen around 5 sets of tenants and not been vacant for more than 14 days in between tenants; Samuel Estates have managed this very well. I would certainly recommend Samuel Estates to anyone wanting a truly professional service with a personal touch and no headaches.

Robert Whitwam, Uganda

“Samuel Estates is an extremely efficient and helpful estate agent who strive to give us the most smooth service with friendly staff and a beautiful welcoming office. Top class! The best agent ever we’ve ever used. I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is considering moving house and selling their property.”

Albert Teo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“I have been a client of Samuel Estates for the last 15 years, utilising both the rental and sales operations of the business. I have seen Samuel Estates grow from one small outlet to multiple shops, even though the business has grown significantly I am pleased to say that the service is still as personal and tailored to the client’s requirements as it was when the business was in its infancy.

My job dictates that I travel for a large proportion of the year, hence I require an estate agency that I can trust and use initiative to resolve issues in my absence. Nick and the team are very customer-oriented, its prevalent that the customer is at the heart of everything they do, and that satisfaction and repeat business is more important than making a quick buck.

Samuel Estates always delivers and on many occasions, they have gone above and beyond service expectations. I have no hesitation recommending Samuel Estates to friends and family.”

Paul Nelson, Executive Director, International Brand Marketing, Fairmont Raffles Hotels
(Based in Dubai UAE)

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What our customers think

  • 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!

Our office locations

Balham

45 Bedford Hill
London
SW12 9EY

Colliers Wood

30 Watermill Way
London
SW19 2RT

Streatham Common

432-434 Streatham High Rd
London
SW16 3PX