The frank landlords guide

If you haven’t used an Estate Agent before, or just need to refresh your memory on what happens next, this is where we provide a brief guide to each process. Whether you plan to sell, buy, let or rent, these guides should make the task a little easier. Print out and tick off the stages as you go.

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How it all works

Valuation

Arrange for Franklyn James to provide a rental valuation of your property. Decide which level of service would best suit you; let only, rent collection or full management. For further information on valuations provided by Franklyn James, please see our Valuations section. For further information on property management, please see our Property management section. Sign the agency terms and conditions and provide ID and proof of ownership of the property (copy of TR1 title form).

Viewings

Have a bit of a clean and tidy up in preparation for photos and viewings. On instruction, Franklyn James will arrange free photography and can assist with the arrangement of an Energy Performance Certificate and gas safety certificate where required. Provide the agent with a set of keys if you can. Try to make it as easy as possible for viewings to be carried out. Often the best price is achieved while a property is still new to the market and viewers are worried they might lose out to someone else.

Offer

Accept an offer which is realistic and which is in the region of what was discussed at the initial valuation. Get confirmation in writing of the proposed rental amount, tenancy start date and any additional requirements regarding furniture. Once you have accepted an offer, sign the terms of offer and take the property off the market.

 

Contract

When satisfactory references have been received, the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (contract) will be drawn up and both you and the tenant will be asked to sign. Read the ASTA carefully and question, in writing, any dates, amounts or clauses which are different from what you expected.

Preparation for new tenancy

Arrange for a check-in report and a detailed inventory to be drawn up. The Franklyn James property management team are able to arrange for an independent inventory company to undertake this on your behalf. Take meter readings at the property if this has not been done as part of the check-in. Drop off a full set of keys to the estate agency and if you will be managing the property yourself, ensure that the new tenants have your contact details for any early queries.

All information provided correct at time of publication.

Key steps

  • Arrange valuations & choose an estate agent
  • Sign agency terms & provide ID
  • Prepare property for photos & viewings
  • Accept appropriate offer
  • Read contract, sign & return
  • Arrange check-in & inventory
  • Drop off keys to estate agent

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BlackheathBlackheath

" Mark and his colleagues are excellent. My husband and I bought our property through Mark and he helped us find the tenants within a week! We have dealt with different estate agencies previously, and I have to say Frankly James are the best! They proactively understand our exact needs and execute the plan effectively. We highly recommend to anyone!! "

SheilaAugust, 2017

DocklandsDocklands

" Nicholas is very professional and friendly. I would recommend to anyone looking for a new place. Great positive attitude, flexibility, and responsiveness. Strongly recommend! "

JaneOctober, 2017

LimehouseLimehouse

" Friendly and professional team at Limehouse. Lee, Tristan and Gary Provided information promptly and addressed any queries swiftly. Would recommend. "

D JohnsonOctober, 2017

LimehouseLimehouse

" The team at Franklyn James has been very professional and proactive. Lee was particularly helpful and always responded very promptly whenever we had any queries, which made our lives less stressful! A very satisfying experience overall in renting our flat. "

IonianOctober, 2017

LimehouseLimehouse

" David provided an excellent service from viewing to completion on our recent purchase of a flat in Bow. David was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions thoroughly. He also went out of his way to be useful and we are very grateful for his help. "

MarcusSeptember, 2017

BlackheathBlackheath

" I have been completely thrilled with the service that Mark has provided.
He handled all negotiations with such professionalism and was able to secure a fantastic price in a very uneasy market.
Mark's ability to read people meant that all appropriate leads were followed up and he didn't waste time where it was clear people were not interested. Once the offer was in Mark continued to work tirelessly to ensure both parties were moving forward and remained positive and friendly throughout. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend Mark Kimber to anyone who needs to sell a property. "

J JibbAugust, 2017

DocklandsDocklands

" Very helpful throughout the process. Special mention to Jamie who went the extra mile in terms of effort and communications to get the transaction over the line. "

Alex SAugust, 2017

BlackheathBlackheath

" Mark was very helpful and prompt with helping me on renting a flat.
He was very proactive and performed a very professional liasion between myself and the landlord.
The process was very straight forward, professional and hassle free. "

DealdiggerAugust, 2017

LimehouseLimehouse

" We were glad we made the enquiry to Franklyn James and was passed directly to Tristan.
Tristan is the epiphany of professionalism and courtesy.
He was happy to hear our requirements, discuss our options and make valuable proposals. He had never refused to revert and respond to even the most difficult of questions, almost seven days a weeks! He is an asset to the Organisation.
I highly recommend Tristan and indeed Frankly James! "

JC & SYSeptember, 2017

BlackheathBlackheath

" Phil and Mark did a good job of selling my flat in difficult market conditions. I spent some time researching estate agents in the Greenwich area and interviewed half a dozen different agents before deciding who to go with. Franklyn James stood out because of their straight-talking honest approach, good value, and flexibility.

They managed to sell my flat within 6 weeks in tepid market conditions. We initially put the flat on the market for offers in excess of £375k, but interest was disappointingly low - we received less than a handful of enquiries in the first 4 weeks. Mark advised dropping the price a little to spark more interest - a strategy which ultimately worked well. With a couple more potential buyers through the door, Mark managed to find a very keen buyer in the final days of FJ's contract. After some negotiation, we agreed an eventual sale price of £366.5k - a figure I was happy with.

Phil and Mark and the rest of the team at Franklyn James were also very good at following up throughout the rest of the process and showed great flexibility in getting the final sale over the line when dealing with difficult demands from the buyers and delays from their solicitors.

If you're looking for a no nonsense, straight talking team of estate agents, who charge reasonable fees and are always on hand to help, then I'd recommend Franklyn James. "

TSmithAugust, 2017