What do students look for from their property?
Guest Blog by Lizzie Marlow, 3rd Year LMU
Here are a few tips about the most important things to look for in your first home from home! (Things that we mostly forget when we’re looking around a house).
We’re delighted to announce that following on from last years nominations as double finalists in the prestigious national Landlords and Letting Awards in London that we’ve gone one further this year and been nominated in three categories, adding “Best Customer Service” to "Letting Agent of the Year" and "Best Website."
The dust has barely settled on your summer Jubilee celebrations and Olympic festivities, and now you have a brand new term in Leeds to look forward to!
To Rent; Very Large Medal Cabinet; Filling Quickly!
A massive congratulations to all our of Team GB athletes; the country has gone nuts! A special pat on the back to our local Olympians; at the time of writing Yorkshire on its own would be 10th in the medal table! And with the Chinese athletes training at Leeds Uni, surely we can take some credit for their golds too?!
One of the ways to gain a small income in these times of economic crisis is to rent out a portion of your home or invest in a landlord’s rental property. This is where you provide private landlord lettings to anyone who is interested in letting from a private landlord, as opposed to a company such as Sugarhouse Properties.
In some countries it is felt to be almost an obligation to buy you own property and many people struggle to do just this. However, in a lot of countries, it is thought to be better to rent your home and many people rent flats from private landlords and hunt for houses to rent from private landlords. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these methods of obtaining a roof over your head and I would recommend going through a reputable company such as Sugarhouse Properties.
The term landlord has often suffered from negative connotations and although this is sometimes justified, a lot of the time private landlord lettings and private landlord rentals have had the rough end of the stick. This is why so many people choose to use a reliable service such as Sugarhouse Properties instead of private property letting from landlord.
Sometimes in life it is useful to use a middleman and sometimes it is better to deal direct with the concerned parties. One of the areas where it can often pay to deal direct is the area of private landlord houses for rent. When it comes to landlord houses for rent, it is often cheaper to rent houses from private landlords as you cut out the fees to letting agency and this works out well from the point of view of the landlord also.
In the days before the internet, the most common way to advertise that a property was available to rent, was the “to let” boards put up outside. The other method was to put up signs in the local newspapers and shop windows. These days you can find professional lets advertised in the same way to a certain extent, but the more popular way is to advertise on the internet and different websites.
In these days of financial distress, many people either cannot afford to buy their own home, or choose not due to the uncertain economic climate. In the first instance, it is very difficult to get a mortgage unless you have a large deposit and income to match, and in the second scenario, people are facing job uncertainty and mounting debts. For these people, the best option is to rent a property and the best way to go about this is to find a good residential estate agents. Leeds has some very good residential estate agents, among them Sugarhouse Properties. When searching for good residential estate agents, there are a few things which you need to keep in mind.
The best marketing and customer service in the North Leeds student and professional market bar none!”
They have just organised my third full refurbishment for me and they all look fantastic. I haven't lost a day's rent since they took over”
They've got fantastic prices and friendly staff”
Great value properties”
Friendly, professional service that offers great advice and sees you through from start to finish of the process of letting a house. Always available for any queries that you have and have a very quick response to let any problems that we have had in the house. Feel like we're treated like adults, not students and that they really value our custom.”
They were very professional and helpful and did their utmost to provide great customer service and find us the exact property we were looking for that satisfied as many requirements as possible. The staff are very welcoming and friendly and were easy to approach with any concerns, requests or questions.”
Brill company, extremely professional yet friendly and always happy to help! Great to chat to for advice, over all the best in Leeds!”
They're simpy the best and super efficient!!”
In a highly competitive category, this agency should be delighted with itself; the judges were extremely pleased to rewards its efforts with the gold. With a focus on students and young professionals the attitude and communication is well tailored to this audience. The team has an established presence across the social media platforms and uses social networking sites extremely well. The website is very good indeed and has a number of features expected by the young and tech savvy target audience. The directors value their staff and there is a very good mentoring scheme in place to develop negotiators into senior staff. As can be expected in student sharing tenancies, they are well versed in dispute resolution and manage to remedy any issues without legal recourse, so all parties come away happy with the results.”
You've taken a hugh worry from my mind. Thank you so much for all your helpand advice. My tenants have also been really pleased with you which is really nice. Everything was really straightforward and the tenants have been great.”
Sugarhouse Properties are always helpful when we have any problems with the house and always fix it immediately. They are constantly polite and friendly when we are in contact with them.”
Many thanks for all your hard work; your administration is excellent and you communicated well with us throughout”
We had our house on with XXXX for 4 months with no success and no feedback. Sugarhouse advised me to organise some minor improvements and had the house rented within a week! ”
Such friendly and helpful people! All staff are easy to talk to and are open to questions no matter how many! Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a house!”
I have recently organised a house for next year with Sugarhouse and everything went as quick and easy as possible. The team are a great example to all other letting agencies, with their professionalism and commitment. They also make your house-viewing fun, which is very important”
When we were looking for a house they were so helpful in trying to find what we wanted. Whenever we had problems at the house they are always very quick at responding and fixing the problem. We are very happy with the service they have provide and if we were not in our third year we would definately use them again”
Great houses with really good facilities. Always reply straightaway and send someone round within the next 2 days. Staff are so friendly!”