5 tips to secure a rental property in a busy market

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The UK property market has been booming off the back of the pandemic, with private rental properties hitting the market and being let within the same 24 hours. For tenants, this fast-paced process may come as a bit of a shock, but letting agent, Sims Williams, are here to share our 5 tips for securing the rental property you really want in this busy market.

1. Be prepared

For tenants already in a rented property, it’s important to note the renewal date of your contract and be prepared to re-enter the market. Whilst you may wish to stay put, there is a risk that your landlord could make a decision to sell or find a new tenant, despite your loyalty thus far. The silver lining in this situation is that landlords must give 2-months notice for you to vacate the property; which gives you some time to embark on your search.

2. Register with letting agents

Most letting agents issue email alerts to their tenant database when a new property comes on the market, and this will often happen before the property hits the online portals. With the market as busy as it is, it’s important you register for these email alerts, as well as regularly checking the property portals like Rightmove, Zoopla and On The Market, so that you have the best chance of seeing the property before others.

3. Keep your search as open as possible

There will always be reasons why you’d choose a particular location over another, but if you’re willing to broaden your search you may find another area that is equally as desirable as the first – there may even be additional benefits like lower council tax, cheaper rent and so on. The more open and flexible you can be with your search, the easier it should be for you to secure your next rental property.

4. First impressions count

Most private rentals will be managed by the letting agent that’s conducting the viewing, and they will be meeting all interested parties. By leaving a positive first impression on the agent, if the landlord asks for personal feedback, you can be rest assured that you’ve done all you can. Landlords may ask for this feedback because they want reassurance that you will be a good tenant and look after their property. First impressions are paramount.

5. Act fast

If you want to take a rental property, say so as soon as you can. Some agents may ask for this in writing alongside a written testimony as to what will make you the best tenant.

Once you’ve been given the great news that you’ve secured the property, things will move very quickly. You’ll need valid ID, bank account details, details of your employer, evidence of your right to reside in the UK and funds for your deposit. Make sure everything is ready so that there’s no hold ups!

If you are a tenant looking for a rental property or a landlord seeking an experienced letting agent, you’re in the right place. Contact your local Sims Williams branch to register.

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Ian & Patsy - Vendors - Feb 4th, 2021

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Selling our parents house was a daunting prospect so we have to thank the team at the Sims Williams Bognor Office who really did make it as pain free as it could possibly be! From the valuation to the open day and right through the sales process, John and his team kept us informed and nothing was too much trouble. Having bought and sold property before, we both know that’s not always the case and, in this instance where we were acting on behalf of family, it was doubly important to get it right so we can’t thank John and his team enough enough for their professionalism and help. We would happily recommend their service to anyone looking for that same support. Thank you!
Carol- Vendor - Jun 13th, 2022


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Flora - Tenant - Jul 13th, 2020

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As someone who has never been involved in a property sale before, I am extremely grateful to Lynne, Helena and Emma for helping me through the process. They were very efficient, helpful and supportive, and always there to advise and guide me. I would strongly recommend Sims Williams
Victoria - Vendor - Jul 29th, 2021

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We don’t normally write reviews, but on this occasion we had too. In life you get what you pay for, whilst I’m sure that there are cheaper agents out there; if you want a stress free move with knowledgeable, friendly and dedicated agents, that give excellent communication, then look no further than Sims Williams. We dealt with John, Annie and Vanessa, we sold and purchased through them. The Team in the Bognor Branch is fantastic, we couldn’t of hoped for better agents to support us through the journey which wasn’t always the easiest but they communicated to either side of the chain fantastically, keeping stress to a minimum and helped us through the bumps to complete in 11 weeks. A big thank you to you all, and in the future we wouldn’t look anywhere else. Sam and Lisa.
Mr & Mrs Poston - Dec 7th, 2021


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Ricky - Tenant - Oct 8th, 2020


We were impressed by the efficiency and professionalism shown by all the members of the team. They were friendly and reassuring during what was a stressful time for us, particularly with the current restrictions we are all experiencing. We would not hesitate to recommend Sims Williams to anyone planning to buy a property in the area.
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