Letting AgentJob Description:
Letting agents manage rental properties on behalf of the owner.Job Category:
What you will do:
You’ll take responsibility for all aspects of the let, like:
- advising clients about the letting process
- setting up viewings and showing potential tenants around the property
- selecting responsible, reliable tenants
- preparing tenancy agreements and inventories
- checking tenant references
- making sure all aspects of the letting meet legal requirements
- meeting landlords and advising on rents
- arranging for maintenance to be carried out
- working with solicitors, builders, cleaners and suppliers
- handling any problems with the property
You could work for an agency that lets residential properties like houses and flats, or a commercial letting agent that advertises shops, offices and businesses.
Some agents specialise in one type of property, like student lets.
- business management skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- customer service skills
- the ability to sell products and services
- the ability to use your initiative (drive)
- organisational skills
- active listening skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- persuading and negotiating skills
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
You’ll usually start as a trainee.
Employers will usually expect you to have skills and experience in sales or customer service. Maths & English are useful subjects to complete at school.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need a driving licence.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week, between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
You might also work in the evenings or on Sundays.
You’ll be based in an office, but will spend a lot of time visiting properties.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could progress to a management role, or move into estate agency work.