Letting agent Letting negotiator, rental agent
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Letting agents manage rental properties on behalf of the owner.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll usually start as a trainee.
Employers will usually expect you to have skills and experience in sales or customer service.
You may also find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
You'll usually need a driving licence.
2. Skills required
- excellent spoken and written communication skills
- IT skills
- negotiation, sales and marketing skills
- the ability to build good working relationships with a wide range of people
- the ability to work under pressure
- organisational skills
3. What you'll 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
Some agents specialise in one type of property, like student lets.
Starter: £16,000 to £19,000
Experienced: £20,000 to £28,000
Highly Experienced: Up to £35,000
You’ll earn a basic salary, plus commission based on the business you generate.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’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.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could progress to a management role, or move into estate agency work.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018