Choosing An Edinburgh Letting Agent – All You Need To Know

Whether you’re renting out your Edinburgh buy-to-let flats or portfolio of houses or are looking for the perfect family home to rent out to student tenants in the city, you’ll likely need the services of a letting agent to help you on your journey as a landlord. But with hundreds of letting agents in Scotland’s capital, how do you make the right choice – and is there much difference in their approach anyway?

Letting agencies perform a variety of roles, from helping tenants to search for properties to helping investors make the right purchases and providing a property management service for landlords.

How a letting agent can help landlords

A letting agency will provide a valuation at the outset of the rent likely to be achieved, then find a tenant for a landlord's rental property, collect references, handle the deposit and inventory for them and support tenants until check-out on move-out day. They will also manage the tenancy contract and alert landlords to their legal obligations. The industry is regulated, and a letting agent must be registered with the

But not all letting agent packages have the same property management services included, or offer the same level of customer service for their clients, so it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for before you make a decision to rent your rooms, apartments, bedsits or even HMO (home of multiple occupancy).

Investing In Property In Edinburgh

If you want to buy a property to rent out, unfurnished or furnished, letting agents can provide customers with vital insight, tips and advice on the local property rental market and most desirable areas of Edinburgh.

However, not all letting agents in Scotland have a qualified professional property manager in-house to help with buying rental properties and building an investment portfolio. At Clan Gordon we have several property managers in our team as well as our own chartered surveyor so we can manage the letting process from check-in to check-out. We are also Regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, so you know you’re in good hands.

We have been helping investors choose the right properties in the area for more than 15 years, and our experience and expertise mean you’ll get the best advice before you buy.

Managing Your Buy-To-Let Property in Edinburgh

If you already own a property in Edinburgh, you might be happy to manage your rental property yourself. But if it becomes too much of a burden, a professional letting agent can take the strain and look after it for you.

Most letting agents offer complete property management services for their customers, but make sure you read the small print as they’re not all the same and the charges and additional fees can vary considerably. Also, the level of attention paid to both tenants and your property beyond move-in day can vary.

Excellent service from Clan Gordon letting agent

At Clan Gordon, we look after more than 500 properties for Edinburgh landlords and 98% are happy with our letting service. We take care of everything. For example, vetting tenants and managing a guarantor requirement (if required) to marketing the property and drawing up photographic inventories - even managing compliance and safety certificates and supervising repairs and renovations, (using only reputable local tradespeople).

We only work with landlords who aspire to our high standards and whose properties exceed the Scottish Government’s Repairing Standard. We advertise our properties extensively with all the leading online sites, ensuring they reach the biggest possible audience. Some agents save money by limiting their advertising to only one or two sites, thereby reducing exposure.

Finding Your Perfect Home To Invest In

Property of all types is in high demand in Edinburgh, and many homes are snapped up before they even go on the market, which makes choosing the right letting agent all the more important when you’re looking for your dream home.

Landlords choose to let their properties with Clan Gordon because we’ve been repeatedly voted the best letting agent in Edinburgh. Our property managers are all highly trained and members of ARLA Propertymark, the leading organisation for the lettings industry. Our staff have exceptional knowledge of the local rental market and can offer guidance on which property to purchase, the location in Edinburgh to aim for as well as offer insights into the most in-demand rental properties at the moment.

Managing everything from viewings to moving in day

We always offer individual personal property viewings so tenants are never competing for time and space with other people, and we make sure we’re there on moving-in day to demonstrate how everything works and iron out any problems.

We offer exceptional communication and respond to issues quickly because we believe tenants deserve to feel happy and safe.

If you are looking for a letting agent in Edinburgh who can take the hassle out of renting your property, schedule a call with one of our expert property managers today.

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