Changing Letting Agents
Is your agent letting you down? Feel like you need a change?
Sometimes things just don't work out with your chosen agent. There may be a number of reasons why but if you want to change or remove your letting agent there are things you should know
You will be in a contract
Somewhere along the line you have probably signed a contract with your letting agent. This will not only stipulate what they do and what they charge but it will almost certainly contain a cancellation clause. Before you even start in the process of removing or changing agents, you should find whatever you have signed and give it a read through.However, just because there is a cancellation clause in the contract,it doesn't necessarily mean it is enforceable. sometimes more onerous clauses would be difficult for the agent to enforce but you should ALWAYS check before you go any further
Cancelling whilst retaining your tenant
This is where you will find the most onerous charges. Getting away from your agent when the property is void is far easier than when it's tenanted and so you may find that preferable. Usually there will be some facility in the management contract allowing the agent to recover lost commissions from you in the event that you cancel, so beware!
The agent has breached the management contract
If there has been a direct breach of the management contract or even a breakdown of trust, it is wise to outline that to the agent when giving them written notice of your intention to cancel your contract with them. It may help for them to know that there is no way back and that you intend to leave them regardless.