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Geo Property Lettings

Professional Property Management in Greater Manchester

Introducing A New Breed Of Letting Agent

Geo Property Lettings are a new breed of letting agency who are very different from the traditional stereotypical letting agents that all landlords complain about.

Based in Irlam and covering the whole of Greater Manchester, we are different because we actually care about our landlord and tenant clients. We may not have a high street presence but that just means our overheads are lower, we know how to market properties and exceed client expectations, consistently!

We have been members of The Property Ombudsman since 2011 and use state of the art property management software to keep track of all our managed properties across Greater Manchester.

Geo Property Lettings get property repairs done when asked, providing photographs before and after works are conducted, with realistic quotes from tried and trusted trades who we have used for our own rental property portfolios over the last 10 years, our contractors have excellent ethics and high standards and we trust them, that’s not something that all other agents can boast!

Geo Property Lettings promise our landlord clients:

  • Quality fast & efficient service
  • High standards
  • No rip-off’s
  • No quibbles
  • No repeat charges
  • No BS!

All tenant applicants are thoroughly referenced by the UK’s leading specialist supplier of products and services to the property lettings industry and we are highly experienced dealing with both working and benefit claimants.

We can even help organise specialist insurance for landlords and tenants including;

  • Rent Protection Insurance
  • Tenant Liability Insurance
  • Landlords Buildings Insurance

Our typical charges are just 10% of the monthly rent for a full all inclusive property management service or 50% of the first month’s rent for tenant find only service.

We pride ourselves on customer retention, always delivering superb customer service and looking out for our landlord and tenant clients interests.

We are looking for landlords who are fed up with spending more time and money than they need to managing their existing letting agents, landlords who are fed up with empty properties, expensive property repair costs and poor service.

Geo Property Lettings are small enough to care

and large enough to cope!

We have a number of pre approved tenants waiting for suitable 2/3/4 bed rental properties within the Greater Manchester area and we can fill your empty properties quickly – Call us today – 0161 777 8844 or visit our website http://www.geopropertylettings.co.uk

Recent Survey Discovers UK Landlords And Tenants are happy!

Recent Survey Discovers UK Landlords And Tenants are happy!

Four Out Of Five Tenants Happy
With Their Landlords

The majority of tenants living in private rental sector (PRS) rented properties have nothing but good things to say about their landlords, according to a survey conducted by Saga Home Insurance.

In a poll of UK tenants conducted by the insurance company, 77% of tenants who responded rated their landlord as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

Fewer than 8% of tenants, (1 in 10) described the quality of service they received from their landlords as ‘poor’, which the insurance firm claimed to be contrary to popular stereotypes.

The survey surmised that UK landlords are largely a morally sound, ethical group of business people!

However, 56% of the tenants polled by Saga still identified room for improvement in their tenant-landlord relationships. With:

  • 23% of tenants complaining about hard-to-reach landlords
  • 21% of tenants had reservations about the quality of tradesmen used for repairs.

The insurance firm also spoke to landlords themselves about their relationships with tenants, and the biggest obstacles to a cordial co-existence with their tenants were:

  • Late rent payments cited by 37% of landlords,
  • Damage to rental property – 32%
  • Failure to provide notice when vacating rental property – 20%.

Finally, the insurance company also discovered that at least 10% of landlords, an alarming one in ten,  had not paid tenants’ deposits into one of the three the Deposit Protection Schemes currently in operation, which as well as being illegal, can result in problems when tenant eviction becomes necessary.

Saga’s head of home insurance, Sue Green, commented on the survey results, saying “In the age of housing shortages and escalating rents, landlords have been getting some bad headlines, but the research shows the extent to which this portrayal is unfair. The vast majority of landlords are conscientious and ethical, although tenants do believe more can be done which is why we have released a guide with practical tips to help them improve their ethical credentials.”

MPPT Spotlight are focusing on Tenants this week with a series of articles on getting the best out of tenant

MPPT Spotlight are focusing on Tenants this week with a series of articles on getting the best out of tenants

Tenants Admit Having Problems With Landlords And Letting Agents

55% of tenants in the UK’s private rented sector (PRS) have experienced problems with their landlord or their appointed letting agents according to the latest research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

The most common issue which affected 31% of PRS tenants was the length of time taken to fix problems in rental properties including issues with boilers, heating and electrical outlets.

Once a problem was raised, tenants have waited an average of 36 days for the problem to be fully resolved. However over 14% of PRS tenants never had their rental property problems fixed at all, according to the research.

18% of tenants surveyed also reported frustrating delays with landlords not replacing worn out fixtures and fittings on demand, including requests to replace old or damaged kitchen cupboards or tired and worn carpets.

14% of the tenants surveyed, felt that their complaints about repair issues were either ignored or brushed off by landlords or their appointed letting agents.

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Protesters Call For Ban On Section 21 Notices

Protesters Call For Ban On Section 21 Notices

Protesters Occupy Government Offices
In Call For Ban On Section 21 Notices

Last week campaigners from a tenant group called London Renters occupied the lobby of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) by bedding down in sleeping bags to protest at retaliatory evictions by private sector landlords and over the apparent insecurity of tenure within the UK’s private rented sector (PRS).

The protest followed a workshop apparently held by the Department of Communities and Local Government covering ways of making it easier for landlords to evict tenants.

The protesters wanted to highlight how being evicted by a private sector landlord has become the leading reason for homelessness in the UK. The campaigners want secure tenancies for all tenants, and in particular an end to ‘no fault’ evictions under section 21.

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Insurance Statistics Prove Students Are The Best Tenants

Insurance Statistics Prove Students Are The Best Tenants

Insurance Statistics Prove Students Are The Best Tenants

A survey carried out by the National Landlords Association (NLA) in 2013 found that students are some of the best tenant types housed in the PRS as they are less likely to miss rent and student properties tend to offer better returns.

Now, fresh research by Total Landlord Insurance in 2014 also shows that students are the most reliable tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) as only 9.6% of insurance claims come from student properties, the second lowest of any tenant group, so there may be something to the claims after all, who would have thought?

The average insurance claim made by the landlord of a student property was £2,090.18 (GBP) in 2013, compared to £6,072.97 (GBP) for a typical residential property housing tenants claiming state benefits. 

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Dramatic Fall In Number Of Empty UK Properties

Dramatic Fall In Number Of Empty UK Properties

UK Empty Property Numbers At All-Time Low

According to campaigning charity Empty Homes, there has been a dramatic fall in the number of empty residential properties in the UK.

The new research shows that the number of empty residential properties in the UK dropped by 75,000 during 2013, the largest-ever annual fall in numbers.

The substantial fall has reduced the total number of empty properties in the UK to 635,127, the lowest recorded level ever, according to campaigning charity Empty Homes.

The biggest falls in the number of empty properties were observed in the North West of England and London.

There was also a large fall in the number of long-term empty residential properties, with figures dropping by over 27,000 to a new record low of 232,600.

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Survey Finds 30% of Tenants Quit Rental Properties Due To Poor Standards

Survey Finds 30% of Tenants Quit Rental Properties Due To Poor Standards

Landlords Need To Take Note Of Survey Findings
To Attract And Keep Good Tenants

One in three current PRS tenants have quit properties and ended tenancies within the UK private rental sector due to lack of repairs by landlords and the overall poor condition of rental properties in general.

These shocking tenant revelations are from a survey carried out on behalf of the National Landlords Association (NLA) by shower manufacturer Methven, last month.

The survey of PRS tenants discovered that poor quality fixtures and fittings in rental properties are a major cause of grievances and less than 10% of tenants who took part in the survey were completely happy with the condition of the property they were currently renting.

Over 60% of private rented sector tenants who took part in the survey said the standard of bathroom fixtures in rental properties is below average with 16% reporting that standards were poor. A further 53% claimed a good shower is an essential feature of a good rental property, which is good news for the shower manufacturers conducting the survey.

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Landlord Fined For Unreasonable Delay On Repairs

Landlord Fined For Unreasonable Delay On Repairs

Landlord Fails To Conduct Repairs And Is Fined Over Delay

A landlord in Northumberland has been fined £2,000 (GBP) by Sunderland Magistrates Court for failing to carry out rental property repairs within a reasonable timescale.

Mr Brij Bushan Chowdhry was fined £1,000 (GBP) plus £900 (GBP) costs and a £100 (GBP) victim surcharge for failing to comply with the terms of a Housing Act Improvement Notice served on one of his properties.

Complaints about the disrepair of the rental property were first made by Mr Chowdhry’s tenants back in September 2010 and the property was subsequently visited by housing officers and a list of essential repairs was passed to Mr Chowdhry, however, the repairs were not carried out.

Sunderland City Council served a formal improvement notice to Mr Chowdhry in October 2012 but he again failed to act.

Sunderland City Councillor Graeme Miller said: “We work closely with private landlords to provide them with what help and support we can to maintain their properties, but will not hesitate to take action against those who fail to do so wherever necessary. Sunderland City Council will prosecute poor landlords who fail to co-operate with us in eliminating poor standards of accommodation in our communities. All tenants have the right to expect to live in safe, secure and healthy housing and we will continue to work with private landlords to ensure that right is respected.” 

This story seems very one sided, however there is little point in landlords ignoring either tenant requests for repairs or formal improvement notices served by county councils because as the above report shows, the landlord will lose. What is worse is that without repairs being done the damage will get worse and the costs to make good any damage will increase, so swift action may have a cost implication but failing to do anything will be far more expensive in the long run.

But, what if these requests were not ignored?

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Tenants Fear Eviction For Reporting Outstanding Repairs

Tenants Fear Eviction For Reporting Outstanding Repairs

PRS Tenants Living In Fear Of
Retaliatory Evictions

A new survey has revealed that some tenants in private rented sector properties are living in fear of eviction because they had dared to complain to the landlord about outstanding repairs.

A third of tenants have been evicted or threatened with eviction after complaining to their landlord, according to new research carried out by online tenant community The Tenants’ Voice.

  • 61% of tenants said they were wary about complaining to their landlords
  • 71% of tenants have paid for repairs themselves rather than ask their landlords.

The survey suggests that a growing number of PRS tenants are facing retaliatory evictions because they voiced concerns over repairs. Desperate, cash strapped landlords have avoided taking out adequate Landlord Insurance policies to protect their rental properties and instead served section 21 notices to bring about the end of a periodic tenancy, rather than undertake the repairs that the tenants have requested, hoping that any new tenant won’t complain as much.

The UK tenant survey found that many tenants worry about asking their landlords to carry out repairs in fear of reprisals.

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Beware Of Serious Maintenance Issues When Purchasing Investment Properties

Beware Of Serious Maintenance Issues When Purchasing Investment Properties

25% of properties for sale in the UK
have serious maintenance issues

New research by Halifax home insurance has revealed that home owners are far from proficient at keeping their property well maintained.

The research found that whilst 28% of home owners claim to be DIY enthusiasts, almost a third of people surveyed said they only had basic skills and knowledge to carry out basic cosmetic improvements, such as painting and decorating, grouting tiles or assembling furniture rather than tackling bigger property maintenance issues such as cleaning gutters and repairing fixtures and fittings or repairing cracks in plaster.

lacking the confidence to undertake even straightforward maintenance which could prevent problems such as damp in the longer term,

The research found that property owners in Aberdeen had the best maintained properties in Scotland, while Peterborough was the top region in England, and Newport came out top in Wales.

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