Why Choose Quay Living Letting Agents in Poole?
Quay’s sister company, Quay Holidays was set up in 2006 to manage holiday letting properties throughout Poole and Bournemouth. It quickly established a solid reputation as a hands-on manager with a great team of directly-employed staff. When clients wanted to switch to long lettings over the winter, they had to go to other agents, but what they wanted was a one-stop service that could offer both long and short lettings. Our 2010 move to larger premises in Orchard Plaza allowed us to expand our business to offer long lettings and sales. Today, Quay Living lets and manages well over 100 long-let properties, and offers tenant-find only services to many more landlords. We maintain the same 7-day-a-week service and attention to detail that holiday letting demands, combined with the systems, the personnel and the know-how to offer a comprehensive service.
Experienced and Qualified
Quay Living is Regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), and a member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). We use the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) to protect all our tenants’ deposits, and adhere to the independent arbitration service of Ombudsman Services; Property in the unlikely event of a dispute.
Our two partners are each fully qualified in the business – one as a chartered surveyor of over 20 years standing, and the other a fully qualified member of ARLA. Quay’s letting manager has 30 years’ experience in residential sales and lettings.
It can be difficult for private landlords to keep up with the frequently-changing requirements of letting legislation. Whether it’s gas safety certificates, electrical tests or tenant notices, it is terribly important to keep fully up-to date with the law, and Quay’s qualified staff are vital in ensuring landlords’ properties comply. In addition our Winman computer software system ensures that no key dates are forgotten, and rents are always paid promptly.
Maximising rents, minimising voids
Being in the market every day ensures we are best placed to know the highest rent you can reasonably achieve for your rental investment. This is vital – if you hold out for too much, you could be looking at a prolonged void, council tax and utility charges. If you ask too little, you will be failing to maximise your investment returns. We can advise how to present your property to ensure you achieve the best yields. For an additional fee, we can even source furnishings and fittings and oversee their installation.
We market all our clients’ properties on the principal third-party property web sites such as Rightmove and as well as our own. We also advertise in the local specialist property publications, and prepare full colour marketing particulars which are displayed in our high-profile shop front in Poole High Street.
Aside from our external marketing, we maintain a close working relationship with many local businesses, including Barclays, Sunseeker, Ryvita and MoD who often require corporate lettings for staff and contractors. In addition, we frequently work with insurers to accommodate householders whose homes have been rendered uninhabitable by insured risks.
Comprehensive Tenant Vetting
Quay Living prides itself on having some of the lowest arrears and default rates in the lettings industry. The reason for this is simple. We undertake comprehensive tenant vetting and credit referencing and we use our own professional instinct to assess whether the prospective tenant is suitable. We do succeed in achieving rapid lettings, but we won’t accept a tenant unless we are fully satisfied with them. If we have ANY reservations we will always discuss them with the landlord first. Depending on our findings, we may recommend that you proceed with additional security, or we may simply reject the application and seek a fresh tenant. This cautious approach pays dividends for landlord and agent – better tenants look after the landlord’s investment, pay their rent on time and require less time to administer.
Reliable Team 24/7
Quay Living is almost unique amongst residential agents in directly employing its own maintenance manager, handyman and cleaners. We also have a dedicated team of external contractors who can be called upon at short notice to handle repairs and undertake safety checks.
Being open 7 days a week with ‘phone lines open until 10pm means we are always on-hand to deal with queries or problems – offering comfort to both tenants and landlords. We maintain a 24 hour emergency number, so landlords can relax, safe in the knowledge that if a problem does occur, we are available night and day to deal with it.