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The following content has been provided by Yolanda Dixon, Managing Director of the online letting agent, Lets So Simple
According to many surveys’ estate agents have the worst reputation next to politicians. Landlords often have a negative attitude towards estate agents. One of the most common misconceptions is that landlords often feel agents are just “in it for themselves” charging high agency fees for a low standard of service, and there is a lack of transparency regarding fees.
A new online lettings agency launches with the aim of changing the lettings industry – by breaking the negative perception of estate agents. Lets So Simple allows landlords to let their property for a fixed, one-off cost of £80. The company provides an online tenant-find service that commits to finding landlords their ideal tenant. There are no upfront or hidden costs along the journey– meaning landlords do not pay a penny until their property has been let by Lets So Simple.
Lets So Simple utilises modern technology in its operations, such as using a Rent Passport to eliminate time-wasting viewings and applications. Their Rent Passport is a quick and easy snapshot of prospective tenants prior to viewings. Yolanda Dixon, the founder adds “I think now more than ever, is an important time to make the most of tenant enquiries, one of the common mistakes landlords tend to make is granting a viewing to every applicant without adequate checks prior, so our rent passport secures better chances of being a suitable and acceptable tenant.
The business is founded by 23-year-old Yolanda Dixon, who is a graduate and alumni of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. Her maturity and dedication landed her plenty of opportunities including finishing as a finalist in the “National Entrepreneur of the Year 2016”, where she pitched in front of dragon’s den icon himself. Her objective is to make letting a property simple. She hopes that one day she can support other young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and be in a position where she can give back to others.
Yolanda adds “Landlords also have the freedom to market with other agencies if they wish too – which again relates back to changing the perception of estate agents being in it for themselves. We are shifting the power back to the hands of the landlord, where they can choose who they can market with knowing that they are only paying once a tenant has been found”.
In a short space of time, the company has had multiple landlord sign-ups with a growing number of interested landlords.
You can see the new agency’s website here.