Choosing A Letting Agent

Letting residential property in England and Wales is covered by various Housing Acts, and Landlords and Tenants Acts, as well as various Safety Regulations. Using a competent letting agent is by far the best way of ensuring that your property, and you as the Landlord, are protected.

Your letting agent will owe both you and your tenant a duty of care. It is important that this is backed up by both ‘Public Liability Insurance’ and ‘Professional Indemnity Insurance’

Why Ashton & Perkins?

Ashton & Perkins Letting & Management Department is based in Romford at 60 Victoria Road, Romford RM1 2JH is a registered member of Propertymark (ARLA & NAEA), National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), Ombudsman for Estate Agents (OEA) and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

We pride ourselves on ensuring that we act in the best interests of our clients and provide a comprehensive service. Landlords choosing Ashton & Perkins management service benefit from six month’s free Rental Guarantee and Legal Protection, following successful referencing.

We have an active register of quality professional tenants seeking property of all shapes and sizes throughout Havering, East London and into Essex. We normally achieve the asking rent very quickly and help you choose the best tenants for your property.

Ashton & Perkins is a SAFEagent – Safe Agent Fully Endorsed – is a mark denoting firms that protect landlords and tenants money through a client money protection scheme. Full details of the scope of the scheme can be obtained from the scheme operator. For more information on SAFEagent visit: www.safeagents.co.uk

Which level of service is right for you?

The Let Only Service

On receipt of formal instructions to let your property we will:

  • Market the property from our offices
  • Advertise in local press. Placing a ‘To Let’ sign at the premises.
  • Advertise on rightmove – the largest property portal.
  • Viewings- accompany viewings whenever possible and always where we have keys to the property.
  • Vet potential tenants, interviewing and obtaining credit references and guarantors when necessary
  • Prepare Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements.
  • Collect the first month’s rent and deposit
  • Hold the tenants deposit in compliance with the Housing Act 2004
  • Tenancy Deposit Scheme, should you not have registered with your own deposit scheme.

The Full Management Service

This is the hassle free option. In addition to all the Let Only services, we will:

  • Arrange Inventory/Schedule of Condition prior to letting
  • Inform local authority and utility services of the change of occupancy
  • Monitor rental payments, collect rent and pay it over to you by BACS transfer, less our agreed fees and expenses.
  • Hold the tenant’s deposit in compliance with the terms of the Housing Act 2004 Tenancy Deposit Scheme
  • Inspect the property quarterly and report any problems found, always checking with you before carrying out repairs ( unless by prior agreement)
  • Advising you when end of tenancy approaches and negotiating new tenancy or finding new tenants as necessary.
  • Agreeing any delapidations (over and above fair wear and tear) with tenants before releasing their deposit
  • Arranging any necessary cleaning and minor repairs and deducting costs from tenants deposit, subject to the terms of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme legislation.
  • We have a tried and tested list of local tradesmen who are reliable and trustworthy and whose charges are reasonable!

Landlord’s Levels of Service / Fees

Full Management Let Only
Set-up Fee £200.00 (inc vat) 6% of annual rent (inc vat)
Monthly Charge 12% of rent collected inc vat
Advertising for Tenants
Credit Check
Previous Landlord
Bank / Building Society
Personal Referee
Drawing up Tenancy Agreements
Collect 1st Month’s Rent & Deposit
Rent Collection
Quarterly Inspections
Inventory / Schedule of Condition
Property Maintenence Organised
Rental Guarantee Service (six months)

Redress Scheme Membership

Ashton & Perkins Ltd are members of the Property Ombudsman Scheme.

Client Money Protection

All tenant’s deposits are registered with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

Ashton & Perkins Ltd is a part of the National Federation of Property Professionals
Client Money Protection Scheme Ref: C0014717

Propertymark Conduct and Membership Rules


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