I only use an agent to find and check-out a tenant. Though even that
isn't guaranteed to provide an acceptable outcome!
Paying an agent to manage is, in my view, a waste of money and removes
you from (the minimal) contact with the tenant that can be 'useful'.
Is that not just for "tenant-find" services though? You really need to
have someone 'on the ground' to liaise with tenants.
No, indeed: horror stories abound of agents who haven't properly checked
references and credit checks, and then have the nerve to bleat about the
Data Protection Act when the landlord quite rightly demands to see the
original paperwork relating to a subsequently defaulting tenant. Me -
I'd much rather DIY; eg I can take whatever steps I deem necessary to
verify that the employer /landlord sdetails provided by the applicant
are genuine: you can bet your socks that most agents won't bother with that.
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