Qualified agents to the fore as property spotlight switches to renting

With an increasing number of legal pitfalls facing the country's growing number of "accidental landlords", there has never been a better time to draw upon the expertise of a letting agency to rent out your home.

The stagnant housing market, coupled with more people being forced to relocate or downsize, has seen the spotlight firmly switch to the benefits of renting over buying.

However, according to the Ilkley office of Linley & Simpson on Brook Street, renting out a home is not an easy option for the inexperienced - new legislation makes the letting process a complex maze, and considerable expertise is needed to find suitable tenants.

"Increasing legal requirements - such as mandatory Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for new lets, as well as changes to the ways tenants' deposits can be safeguarded - make renting a complex process for many," said Linley & Simpson director, Nick Simpson.

"For those wanting to maximise the 'rentability' of their property by using a letting agent, it's important to ensure they choose an agent who is properly qualified and with as many prospective tenants on its books as possible.

"Linley & Simpson has a record high of 2,000 waiting to rent a property - a signal of the strength of the market.

"Membership of bodies such as ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) gives landlords ultimate peace of mind - plus an all-important competitive marketing edge."

ARLA is seen as a benchmark for professionalism in which both landlords and tenants can have confidence. It provides a unique marketing advantage in an industry where standards vary significantly, and where clients should choose which agent to use with great care.

Linley & Simpson, Yorkshire's largest dedicated residential letting specialist with an eight-strong network covering Ilkley, Leeds, Wetherby, Harrogate, York and Wakefield, ensures all its offices have ARLA-qualified staff.

"Membership is only achieved by agents who demonstrate that they have thorough knowledge of the local market, and who conduct their business according to best practice," said Mr Simpson.

"In the current marketplace, landlords want reassurance and peace of mind when renting out their property. Failing to comply with the myriad of current legislation can be a very expensive mistake."

Demand for properties-to-let across Ilkley and district remains high - with those properties in a good state of repair, with a realistic level of rent, being particularly quick to be snapped up.

For further information, email ilkley@linleyandsimpson.co.uk, or call 01943 816 888.

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