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FREE RENT GUARANTEE … Available to all new landlords !!!

What is this?

Rent Guarantee is a nil-excess insurance policy which in simple terms – pays rent if your tenants don’t. Further to our intelligent referencing provided by our partners Let Alliance, Let Me Lettings Ltd are able to provide the additional financial protection outlined within until vacant possession is granted. This policy also covers any potential legal costs incurred to recover possession if necessary thus providing our clients with complete piece of mind.

Simple and completely FREE OF CHARGE.


https://www.letalliance.co.uk/letting-agents/rent-guarantee-insurance/

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Christmas Offers for Landlords

Landlords

  • Would you like your property to be tenanted all year around?
  • Would you like quality tenants?
  • Would you like to receive rent all year around – guaranteed?
  • How about a professional agent to assist you with this?

Let Me Lettings & Property Management are an independent Lettings Specialist with offices in Skelmersdale, Pemberton and Southport. We effectively apply a fresh and innovative approach to lettings and provide landlords with complete peace of mind knowing that their property is with dedicated and diligent professionals.

Our unique “Let Me Lettings Formula” is underpinned by the individual skills, experience and all important local knowledge provided by our enthusiastic and resourceful team.

Our team has been thoughtfully brought together to encompass a wide range of combined skills and experience all Let Me to offer both landlords and tenants an exclusive and unparalleled service.

Get in touch for more details here.

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SUMMER OFFERS 2016 – LANDLORDS

NEW LANDLORDS

LET-ONLY OPTION

Let Me … Can tenant your property for just £199. This includes viewings, credit/employment/reference checks, completion of statutory paperwork and the coordination of the move-in. We simply hand over the management of the tenancy after the tenant have moved into your proeprty.

FULLY MANAGED OPTION

MANAGEMENT FEE’S – 10% INCL. FREE RENT GUARANTEE

Do you currently manage your own tenancies OR are you unhappy with the service that you are receiving from your current agent? Are you finding it all a bit of a ‘headache’? If so – why not ‘Let Me’ take away this hassle and manage all aspects of your tenancy for as little as 10% pcm*. This includes FREE Rent Guarantee for the initial 6 month term.

(£100 per property will be applicable for the preparation of all new paperwork for existing tenancies to be transferred over)

(New tenancy set-up is £199 incl. Rent Guarantee)

MULTIPLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT OFFER

For Management of multiple properties, Let Me will reduce fee’s as follows –

3 + Properties – 8% Management Fee 

5 + Properties – 7% Management Fee

(This can be applied to properties that are already tenanted – just ask)

FREE ADVERTISING

Why not ‘Let Me’ advertise your vacant or soon to become vacant property FOR FREE via all major property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation and locally.

(Set-up fee’s only applicable up on tenancy commencement)

FREE RENT GUARANTEE*

Take advantage of our FREE Rent Guarantee Insurance Policy for the initial 6 month term of any new tenancy. This covers both your rent and any necessary legal costs.

“Let us do the checks – so you get the cheques ….”

PUBLIC INCENTIVE

£50 ‘Cash-Back’ for NEW Property Referrals

Do you know any landlords with properties currently available to rent? If so – we will reward you with £50 cash back up on tenanting any new properties that we are instructed to advertise.

Simply call – 01695 633000 and speak to a member of our dedicated team !!!!

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We are now proud members of the Property Redress Scheme

A testament to our commitment to delivering the highest standard of customer service to all of our clients.

How it works

By law, Property Agents are required to join a government authorised consumer redress scheme. The purpose of this is to give consumers of the Property Agent an escalated complaints procedure if they are unhappy with how their complaint has been dealt with by the Agent.

A ‘consumer’ is a person who uses the service of the Property Agent. Estate Agent consumers will be both sellers and buyers of a property. Letting Agent consumers will be both landlords and tenants. Property Management Agent consumers will generally be the freeholder, head leaseholder or residents’ management company.

The Property Redress Scheme is also open to other Property Professionals. Any customer who uses the service provided by the Property Professional is considered to be a ‘consumer’.

The above consumers of Members of the Property Redress Scheme may be able to have a complaint dealt with by us.

There is a set of criteria which must first be met in order for a complaint to be considered by us:

  1. The Agent/Professional mustbe a Member of the Property Redress Scheme – check the ‘Member List’.
  2. The Complainant must show that a formal written complaint has been sent to the Member within12 months of the incident related to the complaint occurring.
  3. The Complainant has allowed a minimum of8 weeks for the Member to investigate the matter and respond fully.
  4. After the Member’s final response to the complaint or after the Complainant has waited8 weeks from sending the complaint letter and the Complainant has not received a response, a complaint can be referred to us within 6 monthsof the formal letter of complaint being sent to the Member.

We are required to put these time limits in place to enable us to deal with complaints fairly and they are deemed reasonable under the Arbitration Act 1996.

Raising the Complaint

Once the above criteria have been met, the Complainant is able to raise a complaint about the Member with us.

The complaint must be raised using our Complaint Form. When completing the form, the Complainant must explain all the reasons why the complaint is being raised, the actions that have been taken and also include all relevant evidence. This must include the letter/email of complaint and if applicable our Member’s final response. It may also include copies of other communications received from and sent to the Member, including any settlements offered and relevent contracts/agreements and associated documentation.

There is no charge to the complainant for raising the complaint with the Property Redress Scheme.

The complainant can withdraw from the Property Redress Scheme complaints process at any point.

Accepting the Complaint

The Property Redress Scheme can only consider a complaint if it is in relation to the act or omission of the Member, and fall under the following criteria (see below regarding leasehold management complaints):

  1. A breach of the Member’s obligations under the law;
  2. When legal rights have been impinged or breached by a Member
  3. When a Member has not acted in accordance with a Code of Practice it has signed up to
  4. When a Member has not administered a transaction as efficiently as would be expected.
  5. Unfair treatment of the complainant by the Member; including, but not limited to:
    – Rudeness or discourtesy
    – Not explaining matters
    – Poor or incompetent service
    – Avoidable delays

The Member’s actions must have resulted in the complainant suffering a financial loss, or unnecessary aggravation, distress and/or inconvenience.

If the Complainant does not respond to reasonable requests made by the Scheme then we may suspend or close the case.

The Complaint Process

The complaint process is as follows. All timescales are subject to reasonable change depending on the circumstances of the complaint.

  1. A Case Assessor will first check the validity of the complaint.
  2. If the Case Assessor believes that the matter requires the consideration of our Member then the complaint form and evidence will then be sent to our Member. The Member will be given the opportunity to resolve the complaint directly with the complainant or send a rebuttal to the complaint and evidence to the Scheme within approximately 10 working days.
  3. At this stage the Case Assessor will decide if the case should progress. If not the Case Assessor will explain the reasons why to the parties. If the complaint is to proceed the Case Assessor will prepare a Resolution Plan. The plan will include the collation of any extra  relevant evidence and set out attempts to resolve the matter. Generally, this process will take approximately20 working days. If at the end of the Resolution Plan there is no resolution to the complaint, the file will be passed to an Ombudsman or the case may be recommended for a more formal mediation.
  4. The Ombudsman or mediator will then resolve the case within approximately 20 working days.

If the Complainant agrees to the Ombudsman’s decision then the Member will be bound by the findings of the decision. If a Complainant does not accept the decision then the Member will not be bound by it but the Complainant can still choose to resolve the matter through the courts.

Rejecting a Complaint

We may not investigate a complaint or shall discontinue the investigation of a complaint if:

  • at any time it appears it is more appropriate for the complaint to be dealt with by a Court or under another independent complaints, conciliation or arbitration procedure (such as the First Tier Tribunal)
  • the complaint is already being or has been considered by a Court, or under another independent complaints, conciliation or arbitration procedure.
  • the complaint does not have a reasonable prospect of success or is considered to be frivolous or vexatious.
  • the complainant has not fulfilled their obligations under a contract or agreement such as paying disputed fees (this is to prevent legal action being taken as we are unable to accept a complaint when legal proceedings have/will be issued).

If the other resolution body has not considered all aspects of the complaint or if that body is not designed to offer financial compensation to the complainant, we may resume consideration of the complaint after that body has provided its decision on the matter (including court order). We will consider extending the 6 month deadline to raise the complaint in this situation, however the complaint must be raised with us within a reasonable period of time.

In all cases, we will provide the Complainant and Member with written reasons of any decision made.

Making a Decision

The matter may be resolved by mediation which means the parties have negotiated a settlement. The settlement agreement will be legally binding on the parties.

If the complaint proceeds to an Ombudsman then he may request further evidence. If a request for information or evidence is made and the complainant or Member does not respond within the period set out, the Ombudsman will not be compelled to consider any information or evidence provided late.

He will make his decision based on the evidence provided and any relevant Code of Practice connected with the Member, terms and conditions agreed by the parties, the law (including consumer law) and also what is fair, just and equitable in the circumstances of the specific case in question.

The burden of proof for any decision made will be on the ‘balance of probabilities’.

The Ombudsman may also request the parties attend a face to face hearing or mediation if he feels that is the best way to resolve the complaint.

If, after analysing the complaint and evidence provided by both parties, the Ombudsman believes he is unable to make a decision on the complaint then he will explain to the parties that he cannot make a decision and give his reasons why.

Response to Decision

The complainant will have 15 working days to accept or reject the decision.

If the complainant agrees with the decision made by the Ombudsman, the decision will be delivered to the Member who will need to take appropriate action in accordance with the decision.

If the complainant informs us that they do not agree with the decision made by the Ombudsman within 15 working days of the notification or does not respond to us within 15 working days of notification of the decision then the complaint file will be closed and no further action will be taken by us.

If the complainant agrees with the Ombudsman decision then it is final and binding and the Member who must adhere to the findings of the decision.

Awards

When making the decision, the Ombudsman may make an award to the complainant consisting of one or more of the following:

  1. an apology
  2. an explanation
  3. practical action to mitigate any detriment
  4. reimbursement of actual loss and/or costs incurred
  5. a payment in recognition of time and trouble taken to make the complaint
  6. a payment, where appropriate, for distress
  7. other appropriate action suggested by the complainant or decided by the Ombudsman

Any compensation payment will be calculated based on demonstrable loss or costs and will take into account any degree to which the complainant has contributed to the failure or loss suffered.

Residential Leasehold Complaints

With regards to Residential Leasehold complaints we would recommend you read the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) guidance on the remit of the ombudsman with regards to dealing with complaints.https://arma.org.uk/regulation/complaints-procedure

If you are an individual leaseholder and the Managing Agent takes its instructions from a residential management company then you should complain directly to the residential management company.

If you are unhappy with the response from the residential management company then we recommend the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber – Residential Property) may be your best avenue for redress.

https://www.gov.uk/housing-tribunals/overview

If you are an individual leaseholder and you consider that the Property Redress Scheme is the correct avenue for your redress then we would recommend you contact us before raising the complaint so we can discuss your options.

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Exciting Christmas Offers at Let Me…

Landlords

  • Would you like your property to be tenanted all year around?
  • Would you like quality tenants?
  • Would you like to receive rent all year around – guaranteed?
  • How about a professional agent to assist you with this?

Let Me Lettings & Property Management are an independent Lettings Specialist with offices in Skelmersdale, Pemberton and Southport. We effectively apply a fresh and innovative approach to lettings and provide landlords with complete peace of mind knowing that their property is with dedicated and diligent professionals.

Our unique “Let Me Lettings Formula” is underpinned by the individual skills, experience and all important local knowledge provided by our enthusiastic and resourceful team.

Our team has been thoughtfully brought together to encompass a wide range of combined skills and experience all Let Me to offer both landlords and tenants an exclusive and unparalleled service.

Get in touch for more details here.

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Urgent News for Private Landlords…ACTION REQUIRED!

Immigration Bill 2014

The aim of the Immigration Bill is to prevent those with no legal right to live in the UK from accessing private housing.
It will introduce financial penalties (£3000>) to landlords AND AGENTS who rent to illegal immigrants having failed to comply with the checking requirement.

Any landlords that are not in receipt of an acceptable proof of Legal Residency from current tenants or new tenants going forward will face financial penalties and Immigration will have a new power of eviction.

What does this mean for the landlord?

Ultimately any rental yield will be wiped out having digested any penalties and you will be left with a vacant property.

What does this mean for an illegal immigrant?

You will be evicted from your rental property via a mediated and accelerated eviction process.

I am a landlord – What shall I do?

Contact Let Me Lettings today. We can ensure that any current tenancies are compliant with the new regulations set up by this Bill by coordinating new tenancy agreements. Together with our referencing partner UKTENANTDATA, we have the software to enable us to identify the correct documentation dependent on your tenants residential status.
Any new tenancies completed by Let Me will be GUARANTEED compliant and Let Me will absorb all responsibility for this Bill.

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New Landlord Offers Available!

Check out our latest landlord offers

With summer approaching Let Me Lettings are pleased to announce some fantastic offers available to landlords until July.

Why not take advantage of our multiple property discounts and allow us to manage your properties while giving you more time in the sun?

Perhaps you would like some free advertising?

Take a look at all of the offers we currently have available on our landlord offers page and ‘Let Me’ help with your property management needs.

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Landlords Wanted This December

Let Me Lettings are looking for great Landlords in the Skelmersdale, Southport and Wigan areas. If you need to know what it feels like to work with the area’s best letting specialist, don’t hesitate to call one of our team today to discuss your options!

We’re offering a free rent guarantee for all of our new landlords this December and have many local tenants awaiting great new properties to move in to.