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Renting Through a Local Estate Agent: Benefits and Tips

Whether it’s your first time or you’re planning on moving to a different location, renting through a local estate agency is the best way to go. We have helped hundreds of tenants find the perfect properties to rent across Leicestershire, including in some of the most sought-after areas in Oadby and Wigston. There are many reasons why choosing to rent through an estate agency can simplify the process and why going local can benefit you. As experts in the area, we want to tell you why you should consider a specialised agency over the broader, national names in the business. 


Why you should Rent through an Estate Agent

When looking at places to rent, you probably look at the property’s price, condition, location and local amenities.  What often goes forgotten is the landlords themselves. You can’t tell by an advert whether you will rent from someone reliable, honest and communicative. When privately renting from a landlord, you are responsible for checking that you are renting from somebody legitimate. Otherwise, you might get a nasty surprise when you discover your ‘landlord’ doesn’t own the property. In some cases, people appear to be landlords; however, they are tenants who unlawfully sublet the property they rent. 

To avoid any unpleasant shocks, you should rent via an estate agency.  Agents have established relationships with trustworthy landlords and made thorough identity checks to ensure they are genuine. When working with an agent, you will 

be guaranteed a hassle-free experience, as they will relieve you from uncertainty.

Renting Through a Local Estate Agent: Benefits and Tips

Working with an agency will also benefit your personal security and safety. When replying to a private advert, you effectively share your personal information with a stranger. If you work with an agent, this isn’t a concern, as they keep your details secure. Also, as anyone can post an advert for their property, you could respond to a fake advert. Scammers have been known to take advantage of renters by showing them around a property that isn’t actually on the market, then pocketing the deposit they pay, believing it to be legitimate. These fake adverts can also be used sinisterly to lure people to houses by bad people with criminal intentions.  If you decide to rent privately, be wise to scammers and don’t attend a property viewing on your own. The best way to protect yourself is to rent through a trusted estate agent.

Open House is registered with both The Property Ombudsman and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. We closely follow their guidelines to ensure we partake in only the highest standards of practice. 


Why Choosing Local Matters

Choosing an estate agent local to the area you want to move to makes a big difference in giving you a swift and easy rental process. Open Rent specialises in renting houses across Leicestershire, so we have in-depth knowledge of the area and the local housing market. We want you to know about the advantages you could benefit from by choosing a local agency. 

Renting Through a Local Estate Agent: Benefits and Tips

Expert Local Knowledge

The greatest benefit of working with a local estate agent is their expertise in the area. They have sold and rented hundreds of properties in the location you want to live, so they have more insight into the region than larger agencies that work nationwide. This means that they will be able to give you in-depth answers to any of your questions about the area and give you exact recommendations suited to your specific needs. 

Personalised Service

When working with a local estate agency, you can expect a much more personalised service with a dedicated agent who will take the time to get to know your circumstances and needs. This way, they can help you find the most suitable home for you in an area with all the amenities to fulfil your needs. For instance, an agent would know the areas with the best education facilities and direct transport links to schools for young families. This is a massive help if you are moving to a place you are not familiar with. 

Community Ties

Local agencies have strong ties to the community, with many of their agents likely living in the area themselves. They will have strong relationships with local landlords and be able to confidently reach out to them, giving you a better opportunity to secure the perfect home for you. Because of this, these agencies might have a better heads up on properties soon to become available. With these well-built connections, you can trust that you will be renting from a reliable person or company, which is sure to ease your mind.


Find the perfect house to rent in Leicestershire

If you are looking to rent in Leicestershire, Open Rent can offer you all the benefits of renting through a local agency. We have agencies located all over the county in Oadby, Loughborough, Mountsorrel and Queniborough. Whether you are looking for a house, flat or bungalow, we are here to help you with our expert knowledge.  We know the area’s market like the back of our hand, so we are guaranteed to find you the perfect place to call home. 

Contact us today to get a head start on your renting journey.

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