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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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

" It was a pleasant surprise to find Philip after the poor treatment that I'd had from my first estate agents. Phillip's interest in the house, experience and knowledge of the area led to a sale agreement after only a few weeks of asking him to become joint agent. It was brilliant to be able to do business with such an amiable and efficient agency. "

Robert RussellAugust, 2017

Property managementProperty management

" Great service and Gary is always quick to respond to any queries or questions. I'd recommend him to help you with any rentals. "

VickyOctober, 2017

LimehouseLimehouse

" Kylie and I cannot thank you enough for the level of service, help and support you have given us over the last 6 months. I really can't begin to say how much we appreciate yours and Antony's help. It was so nice to have an agent we could connect with on a personal level as well as a business one. Wishing you and your family all the best for the future. "

JakeFebruary, 2018

LimehouseLimehouse

" David is just fantastic, very proactive and responsive. We took a bit of time deciding on the property and asked to see it several times. David was always very accomodating and happy to schedule the viewings for us at the most suitable time. During the buying process everything was just perfect. We never had to chase. We both highly reccommend David and will use his help again. "

AlonaOctober, 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

DocklandsDocklands

" On the night of the viewing i was unable to locate the property due to my GPS playing up. However Nicholas located me, arranged a meeting point and drove me to the apartment! Nicholas was friendly and professional. Certainly recommend to others. "

KSApril, 2018

DocklandsDocklands

" Service of a lifetime ;-) I was amazed to find out that service of this top level still exists. Professional, helpful, caring, service minded and extremely effective -I felt like I had a helping soldier by my side around the clock until everything was taken care of. I have never done a review in my life, but this one I just couldn't turn my back to. Thumps up! I can strongly recommend Stephanie Dang she is just amazing. "

Sharaz AzizAugust, 2017

LimehouseLimehouse

" We had an amazing experience with Franklyn James, and especially with Tristan and Gary, who supported us from the flat searching to the handover of the keys to our new flat.
Tristan was amazingly helpful with us, we had tons of questions about our prospective flat and he patiently answered all of our queries. He also followed our referencing process closely, so that this went through as quickly as possible. We couldn't have had a better experience!
Gary helped us through the signing of the contract and handover of the keys and we couldn't be more satisfied with the service we received.
We would definitely recommend Franklyn James to all prospective tenants, they are a extremely helpful, professional, caring and super efficient. "

LIndaSeptember, 2017

LimehouseLimehouse

" David has provided great support throughout the whole process of selling our flat from the outset with his understanding of the local area and market conditions through to coordination with all parties at each stage and keeping us fully informed. I would certainly recommend David and Anthony at Franklyn James to anyone seeking a thoroughly professional and supportive service. "

LimehouseFebruary, 2018