Hannah comments, “the main focus has always been to ensure that our clients get the best possible service in a very complex industry, and the awards we have received are a reflection of our success at this.
There are so many cowboy agents out there that it is difficult for landlords on the street to determine who is and who isn’t going to give them the service that they deserve.
Letting out a property is a business in its own right, and can be a legal minefield, especially when things go wrong. It is essential that landlords know that the agent they instruct will be setting them up with a legally compliant tenancy.”
Since McCartan Lettings opened their doors on the 1st September 2006, there have been many significant legal changes to housing legislation:
Tenant Deposit Protection – landlords must protect a tenant’s deposit in an approved scheme, and issue prescribed information relating to that within 30 days of receiving the money.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) – required by law, to market a property, these documents aim to offer advice on the energy consumption of a home and how you might cut it down.
Legionella Risk Assessments – all landlords are required by law to protect their tenants against legionella bacteria and to keep documents to show how this is achieved.
Consumer Regulations – all agents are required by law to display all of their fees for both landlords and tenants, including VAT, on their websites and in their offices.
Housing (Wales) Act 2014 – the legal requirement for all landlords and managing agents to be registered, trained and licensed through Rent Smart Wales in a move to push out rogue landlords and improve the standards of renting in Wales.
Looking towards the future, there are still many more changes coming, including not being able to rent a property with an EPC rating of F or G, and the introduction of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 which will make current Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreements obsolete.
Hannah says “it’s imperative for landlords to keep on top of this ever changing legislation, and one way of doing that is to instruct the services of a professional letting agency.”
To coincide with their 10th anniversary, McCartan Lettings are now also one of Swansea’s first letting agencies to be licensed with Rent Smart Wales.
“I am delighted to officially announce that we have now got our licence with Rent Smart Wales. I have always been a champion for best practice in the lettings industry, and this year we finally see the legal requirement for all landlords and agents to have a licence in Wales.
This is a great step forward in the fight against rogue landlords and letting agents who offer poor quality services”
For more information on any aspect of letting your property or buying a property to let, from obtaining a license to deposit protection advice, visit mccartanlettings.co.uk or give the team at MCCARTAN LETTINGS a call on 01792 430100