Lettings - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will you value the potential rent of my property?

An experienced lettings valuer will visit your property to undertake a rental valuation. They will discuss the potential rent based upon recent comparable lettings and also offer advice on how the property could be improved to maximise the demand, if required.

Q: Are Maggs & Allen letting agents regulated?

We are members of the property Ombudsman letting scheme, which means we adhere to their codes of conduct. In addition, we are members of RICS, NAVA as well as being NAEA Licensed Estate Agents. This should give our clients 100% peace of mind when using any of our property services.

Q: What Tenancy Agreements do you use?

Whatever your requirements we will draw up a tenancy agreement that complies with all the relevant legislation to safeguard your interest.

Q: Do you carry out credit checks and referencing for Tenants?

We will ensure that your potential tenants are professionally referenced and will offer advice accordingly at that time. We check affordability & employment, current landlord references, credit history, previous address history and character references.

Q: Can you provide an inventory of furniture, fixtures and fittings?

Every property that is let should have either an Inventory or a Guidance to the Condition and contents of the property. We can undertake a professional inventory for you with a qualified Inventory clerk.

Q: Who needs an inventory?

Every landlord should have an inventory for each property, because this outlines not only what is in the property, but also what condition it is in. We will include photographic records as part of our inventory to safeguard the condition of your property.

Q: What should be included in the rent?

Rent does not generally include: Gas, Electricity, Water Rates, Telephone Charges, Council Tax etc, but should be inclusive of Buildings Insurance, Maintenance costs and Ground Rent. Obviously, inclusions and exclusions can differ from property to property and we will offer advice specific to your requirements.

Q: Who is responsible for repairs?

Under current legislation landlords are responsible for all repairs to the property and its contents except when a repair is necessary due to a tenant's misuse. If we are managing a property for you, we will arrange for the work to be carried out by one of our approved contractors.

Q: What should I do about insurance?

Landlords are responsible for insuring Buildings and their own contents. We strongly advise you discuss your letting requirements with your insurer at the earliest opportunity to avoid any potential complications. We can put you in touch with specialist insurers who can landlord specific advice.

Q: Do I need to tell my mortgage company?

If you have a mortgage on the property you wish to rent out, you should discuss this with your mortgage lender as soon as possible. Whilst in most cases consent is given by the lender, it is worth checking this at the outset to avoid any potential problems.

Q: Which letting service should I choose?

We offer a range of services for landlords depending on how much responsibility you want to take on yourself. These services include Full Management, Let Only and Rent Collection. Find our more below:

Our Services

Q: Furnished or unfurnished?

Whether you choose to let your property with or without furniture will depend largely on your target market. Student rental properties would usually be let furnished whilst properties being let to couples or families can often be let unfurnished. We will advise on the likely target market and if any furniture is required.

Q: How long will it take to find a tenant?

In most cases a tenant can be found within a very short timescale. During our initial meeting, we will offer professional and practical advice on how to improve your letting prospects and achievable rent. The Bristol rental market is extremely fast paced with demand outweighing supply in most areas. However, it is crucial to find the right tenant, not just the first tenant.

Q: How much do you charge?

Our costs vary depending on the level of service you require and we can tailor a fee structure to meet your needs. Our initial rental assessment and advisory service is free of charge and we offer competitive rates based on the type of service you choose. All cost’s will be agreed with you prior to instruction to avoid any hidden surprises.

Q: Why not give us a call?

If you are a landlord with a property to rent and are looking for a professional letting, we are waiting for your call. 0117 949 9000.