How To Beat Property To The Punch With Rightmove Alerts

rightmoveWhen searching for a place to live, keeping on top of the local property market can be a strain – especially when you’ve got work and family commitments to juggle. The best properties soon get snapped up if you aren’t quick off the mark.

Yet there’s an easy way to stay a step ahead of the game… Rightmove, one of the UK’s top property directories, can give you special alerts that tell you what’s available in your area, as soon as it’s posted.

In case you aren’t familiar with the alert system, here’s an introduction to what it is, and how to use it:

Why set up Rightmove alerts?

It’s difficult to argue with the speed and breadth of Rightmove’s information. While independent agents, like Summermere, will update our own sites with the latest listings on a regular basis, we know that Rightmove is the best place to find and be found when it comes to lettings.

As a tenant, it also doesn’t make sense to waste time scouring a dozen websites or waiting for agents to elbow their busy schedule aside to get in touch. By setting up Rightmove alerts, you’ll never miss a new listing that meets your criteria.

Save your search criteria

The Rightmove search bar sits on their homepage; it’ll ask you, initially, for the postcode or general area you’re looking within and whether the property is to buy or to rent. From there, you’ll be taken to a second list of options, including min/max price, number of bedrooms, whether it’s been listed now or anytime in the last 14 days, and preferred type (bungalow, apartment, etc.).

Fill them out with your preferences. After you click the ‘Find Properties’ button, you’ll be taken to every relevant offer that matches your selection. ‘Create Alert’ will be another button at the top of the sequence. When you hit it, you’re telling Rightmove that this is your perfect search template for renting a property in the chosen area. It’ll save your criteria and base notifications around them.

Set up a Rightmove account

At this stage, you’ll be asked how often alerts should be delivered. For ultimate speed and transparency, you’ll have to create a Rightmove account. It’s fairly straightforward: head to the Register page, enter your details, and choose a password. That’s your gateway into all the latest rental news, and ‘Instant Alerts’ will be available.

From now on, pre-qualified rental opportunities will jump to attention on your PC, tablet or laptop. You can follow the alert to the property that catches your eye. If anything changes – your money situation, say, or the desired locality – it’s a simple matter of fiddling with the search labels in your account settings.

You’ll find the latest Summermere properties on Rightmove; we’re advocates of the alert system, because it helps our future tenants find the place they’ve been eager to see, refusing to be anywhere else than the head of the queue.

By all means, see which rental homes in the North West are available on our website – but don’t count Rightmove out either. It’s a great resource to bring the best prospects to your attention.

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The Perils Of Bad Tenant Referencing

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We don’t swipe a product off the supermarket shelf unless we know what it is. Similarly, tenants are made up of many ingredients, and there’s no harm in checking someone’s background when they’re hunting for a home. It ensures you make the right pick before the contract is signed.

Some lettings agents, however, have less regard for this process than we do. Bad tenants can cause headaches and reduce your property’s appeal for future residents, so it’s important to be bold, thorough and questioning when it comes to referencing.  

Stay clear of the following perils, because a thorough reference covers them all, and ensures they aren’t a concern…

Rent dodging

How can we be reasonably certain that a tenant is going to pay up on time? Plenty of people try to skirt rent deadlines, or claim to have a better track record than they actually do.

Luckily, it’s easy to run a credit check, and see whether they’ve been late, consistently, for any bills. Red flags are quite instantaneous; we ask for the tenant’s permission to do this, so they’re staking truth on the claim to meet rent payments, deposits, or potential repair fees.

Aggressive, noisy or lazy behaviour

While we like to see the best in others, some people are just plain inconsiderate. Every landlord wants tenants who are courteous of their environment. By touching base with previous landlords or letting agents, we get a glimpse as to how they live once the ink has dried on any agreement.

Failing to do so can leave you exposed to a host of personality types. A lazy tenant who can’t ever be bothered to take the recycling out is one thing, but a bullish or rowdy occupant could be a real problem.

Insecure or deceptive employment

In the same vein as our first point, it’s crucial to be certain that someone will pay you at all – they could be fabricating employment history, just to get a literal foot in the door.

This can be dealt with by asking kindly for employer details stretching back two or three years. Summermere starts at the most recent, to get an up-to-date sense of their finances, before crossing over old jobs and paid work records. Then we’ll see if there’s a pattern. It also helps us decide whether they need a separate guarantor.

A mistaken identity…

Despite all of the above, there’s a single distinction left, and it’s the most valuable: is the person you’re assessing who they say they are? A reference should ask for a form of ID (passport, driving licence etc.), and proof of UK residency, such as a birth certificate or long-term visa.

If none of this is provided, your tenant may be breaking the law. In the interests of security, ID checks are a must, so you’re comfortable with every tenancy agreement.

Knowing what to look for is central to a full, no-stone-unturned series of ticks for any prospective resident. Summermere is here to help with the fact-checking you’ll be liable for. Get in touch now for a lettings agency that doesn’t pull its punches when seeking the tenants you deserve.