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  1. Following "clear cut" with "likely" and "safe...

    Following "clear cut" with "likely" and "safe route" show it's far from clear. As an agent we re-issue the PI but do not relodge, simply no need for it. If a matter ever made it to court we'd have...
  2. Landlordexpert/landlord association - anyone heard of them?

    They're touting advertising space on their website but i've never heard of them despite having 45k members, apparently. My suspicions are that it's just making money from advertising without giving...
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    If the Section 21 was produced by the agent £90...

    If the Section 21 was produced by the agent £90 is a ridiculous charge. Realistically though I doubt it'd be grounds for dismissal, you'd be best to negotiate with them to bring their management to a...
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    She'll no doubt have to pay a fee to cut all...

    She'll no doubt have to pay a fee to cut all ties, just ensure it is final i.e. they won't try to come back with renewal charges etc. The deposit would be transferred to your friend, would be prudent...
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    It depends what you're looking for in return. If...

    It depends what you're looking for in return. If you're looking to develop new business then don't bother, you won't get anything. For industry news and useful information just keep an eye on...
  6. They're obviously covering themselves just in...

    They're obviously covering themselves just in case, but presumably your signature would be alongside today's date anyway, rather than the commencement of the tenancy?
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    Indeed, speak to them to negotiate bringing their...

    Indeed, speak to them to negotiate bringing their management to an end.

    Regarding the deposit, as long as you have an account with the DPS the agent can transfer it to your DPS account. If you...
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    No, but helpful. You'd need to send a copy of the...

    No, but helpful. You'd need to send a copy of the tenancy, breakdown of costs and have the statutory declaration stamped by a solicitor (costs no more than £5). Will take around 4-8 weeks before you...
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    Claim for the deposit, wait (21 days I think)...

    Claim for the deposit, wait (21 days I think) then escalate to single claim process.
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    They're a bit gutless indeed. Far better to hit...

    They're a bit gutless indeed. Far better to hit them where it hurts - pockets. Allagents and google are a good start to leave your feedback.
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    One of my employees is currently studying for it,...

    One of my employees is currently studying for it, there's actually a hell of a lot to learn, some of it not particularly worded very well. You can do modular exams, costs a little more but might be a...
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    From what you've pasted it only appears to be...

    From what you've pasted it only appears to be valid if a tenancy is in place. If you moved in there wouldn't be a tenancy agreement and therefore no charges.

    They're obviously unscrupulous, make...
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    Agents pay a fee of around £500 to enter, as most...

    Agents pay a fee of around £500 to enter, as most realise it's useless don't bother. As such some of the worst agents can win 'best letting agent north west'. Mostly run by Zoopla ( the ESTAs), means...
  14. Thread: Portal Costs?

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    Rightmove for lettings & sales you should expect...

    Rightmove for lettings & sales you should expect somewhere between £800-£1k inc VAT.
    Zoopla something circa £500.

    Invest in your own website too, so you're not dependent on the portals.
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    When did you sign up with them? Had a demo in the...

    When did you sign up with them? Had a demo in the office in January and it most certainly was in the thousands, couldn't believe it!
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    CFP costs several thousands vs Gnomen which is...

    CFP costs several thousands vs Gnomen which is normally sub £100 per month. I currently use Gnomen, it's good in some areas but not great in others, or at least doesn't quite meet my needs - having...
  17. Indeed it's not difficult, especially on a small...

    Indeed it's not difficult, especially on a small block - that's how I started. Just need an accountant and decent solicitor on hand for any legal issues.
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    Do you mean in case the tenant defaults, or to...

    Do you mean in case the tenant defaults, or to pay even during voids?
  19. You're acting as a letting agent, so if blanket...

    You're acting as a letting agent, so if blanket regulation does go through then you'd be better to err on the side of caution. TPOS is the most simple, will cost approx £250 including the insurance...
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    As an agent I have no problem listing a property...

    As an agent I have no problem listing a property alongside other agents, all I ask is to be kept informed if a deposit is taken. Make sure you haven't signed sole agency with the original agent,...
  21. As part of the tenancy, always. Just make sure...

    As part of the tenancy, always. Just make sure the full terms and conditions are included too, and ideally initialled/signed too.
  22. It sounds like you've answered your own question,...

    It sounds like you've answered your own question, the smaller agent sounds to be most suitable.
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    I'm an agent and think it's bloody ridiculous...

    I'm an agent and think it's bloody ridiculous what they're trying to pull, they're obviously just trying to take money wherever possible. Light bulbs for under counter units are at most £4, though...
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    We left Zoopla earlier this year, partly due to...

    We left Zoopla earlier this year, partly due to their awful customer service, but mostly due to their threefold price increase! Rightmove are no saints but at least offer a reasonable service, just...
  25. Rubbish = ARLA. Indeed the client would have an...

    Rubbish = ARLA. Indeed the client would have an extra person to speak to, but very doubtful anything significant would come of it.
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