How to get rid of your letting agent – a new guide for landlords

Agency problemsOne of the main reasons why landlords join my Landlord Law service is that they want to manage their property themselves, having had a bad experience with a letting agent.

However – how do you go about the business of actually dismissing the agent?  What are your rights?

For a long time I have had it in mind to do a guide to help landlords in this situation.  At long last I have finally done it, and it was finished last night.

What the guide does:

  • Sets out what you need to do first (ie do lists of what the problems are, read your agency agreement etc)
  • Discusses how you actually end an agency agreement
  • Gives guidance on the various problem situations (agent failing to pay over the rent, deposit not protected etc) and what you should do
  • Takes a look at when agents are entitled to continuing commission, and
  • Considers when you should take professional advice from a solicitor

There are thousands of agents and no doubt thousands of situations where landlords are unhappy with their service.

So it is impossible for me to consider all situations that could arise.

However I have tried to outline the main types of situation and give general guidance.

Its not anti agent!

For all the agents reading this – please do not consider this to be an anti agent service!  Good agents are like gold dust and to be treasured.

This section may also be helpful for YOU, to help you advise landlords coming to you who want to use your service but who are having problems with their existing agents.

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Tessa Shepperson

Tessa is a lawyer specialising in residential landlord and tenant law. She runs the Landlord Law website (now in its 12th year) and is a director of Easy Law Training Ltd and Your Law Store. Tessa also sits on the Property Redress Scheme Council. When not working she enjoys reading, cooking and messing around on the computer. You can also find her on Google



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