When you become a landlord for the first time it’s important to appreciate what kind of rights and responsibilities this brings. Working with a letting agent can help to lighten some of the load when it comes to understanding what’s required of you and taking the right action. But, if you decide to let your property via a letting agent, how does that affect your responsibilities and position as a landlord?
It doesn’t matter if you have no contact at all with your tenants – even if they only ever speak to your letting agent, the contract remains with you. Letting agents work on behalf of landlords and can help to make tenancy administration easier to manage, as well as reducing the volume of tenant contact that you need to deal with. However, the legal part of the relationship – the tenancy agreement – always remains between you, the landlord, and the tenants.
When you start working with a letting agent you’ll have an agreement in place that sets out how you want the relationship to work going forward. It’s important that you understand this relationship so that you know what the letting agent is required to do and where your legal responsibilities lie.
As a landlord, you will retain all your rights and obligations if you choose to work with a letting agent. The key difference is that you can make a claim against an agent who may be at fault if there is an issue and tenants are making a claim against you.