I had a disagreement with my agent the last time they found me a tenant. Basically, they insisted on using their own AST where I normally use my own. Many agents normally assume that landlords don't know what they are doing and insist on doing everything themselves. I do and just wanted them to find me a tenant. Anyway I finally accepted them using their own AST as there was nothing wrong with it. In the end I discovered that they had charged my new tenant £150 for issuing same. Now if they had only been up front and said that the reason for using their own AST was to save me £150 on their fee for finding a tenant, I would have been perfectly happy! Why are we so embarassed about talking about fees and comission in this country? Everybody has to earn a living - is it just a "dirty" word?
Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.