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HEAD OF RENTALS AT AYLESFORD INTERNATIONAL

Q. My property is being advertised by two reputable agents, but nobody has taken it up. Should I instruct more agents?

A. Don’t instruct more agents as this can have a negative effect on the marketing of your property. Ask your agents whether they think there is anything you can do. Does it need redecorating, new carpets or a stand-up shower, for instance? Does it need part furnishing or do you need to un-furnish it? Flexibility will widen your market. Your agents can give you details of comparable properties for rent. This will help you determine whether the price is too high. If it is, reduce it and be prepared to accept a six-month break clause. Check how your agents are marketing the property. It should be on the main property search websites such as Primelocation or Rightmove and advertised in at least one publication.

Q. I have never allowed my tenants to keep animals, but I think I’m losing out because of it. Should I revoke the clause?

A. An animal does not necessarily mean that your property will be ruined. I have come across situations where children have caused more damage than animals. Firstly, if you don’t own the flat, find out whether your head lease allows animals. Some will, but require clauses added to the tenancy agreement. I would also include extra clauses in the contract relating to any damage to the property or disturbance to your neighbours. Make sure you have a full inventory including photographs at the beginning and end of the tenancy.