So, the first blog of 2018 – what’s been happening within Hartington Property Services…….
Reflecting on our First Christmas
Last Christmas was the first for Hartington Property Services and it proved to be a really busy period after several property owners took the decision to move the management of their investment properties over to Hartington Property Services during December and January. We were delighted to prepare their properties for the market and have now welcomed tenants into all of them under Scotland's new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) arrangements introduced in December of last year.
Taking care of Tenants – more important than ever
Responding quickly to tenant feedback and addressing issues has been a priority for Hartington Property Services since the day we launched. It’s all the more important now under the new Private Residential Tenancy regime - with the removal of any specified end dates from lease documentation, unhappy tenants can now give notice to vacate a property at any time after they have moved in. Poor service tolerated in the past by tenants that had committed to an initial 6 month lease term could - quite rightly - now see many of them choose to vote with their feet and seek a better quality of accommodation elsewhere.
31st January 2018 – a big day for Scotland’s Letting Agents
Many people can’t wait to see the back of January but for Scotland’s Letting Agents it heralds another significant step in improving the way letting agencies do business with Property Owners and Tenants.
The new Letting Agent Code of Practice that takes effect from 31 January introduces a number of protective measures for the greater good of the industry and should ultimately see agents unable to abide with the required standards exit the market.
For me personally – it’s also a chance to go back to school. In order to comply with the new standards, I have commenced a 5 month programme to ensure I have the necessary accreditation in place. After enjoying the opportunity to study for an MBA at the University of Edinburgh before launching Hartington Property Services, that experience will prove invaluable ahead of the assignments and lectures that now await as part of this important professional development.
No client tie ins, just a desire to deliver a great service
We are one of the very few letting agents in the market that don’t look to tie in property owners for a fixed period or levy penalties should they no longer require our service. Our aim is to simply deliver a high quality of service that will encourage clients to stay with us because they want to - not because of a prohibitive penalty they would incur to move away.
So, if you own a buy to let property and one of your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions was to either review your investment or the service you are receiving from your current Letting Agent, contact me for a chat to see what Hartington Property Services could do for you.
Telephone: 07771 506701