Salford Property Link – letting agency

Private renting is booming in Salford but letting and managing property can be a challenge.

Landlords wanted

Salford Property Link can help you find the right tenant, manage your property and even guarantee rent for the whole of the agreement.

We have thousands of potential tenants waiting for good homes and our role is to help you and your tenants to find the right home and successfully manage the tenancy, minimising void time and work for you.

What we offer

As part of Salford City Council, we’re a not for profit, ethical service.

We know that sometimes it’s not easy being a landlord. You need to act quickly, efficiently and legally when problems happen with tenants.

Our free landlord advice service can help you with everything from rent arrears to disputes with your tenants. We can often settle disputes early on before they get to the legal stage which benefits everyone or we can help you serve Section 21 or Section 8 notices correctly.

When it comes to finding the right tenant, managing your property and guaranteeing rent, we offer competitive rates for our Property Link service. We have established and effective links with other council services from regulatory services to welfare advice, should you or your tenant need any support. We also work closely with local partners such as JobCentrePlus to support tenants claiming Universal Credit.

We offer four levels of service – bronze, silver, gold and platinum depending on whether you want us to simply help you find a tenant or completely manage the property and guarantee rent.

Choose the level of service that suits you

Bronze

Standard let only service for a one off fee. 

We’ll:

  • Advertise your property to over 6000 people who need housing via Salford Home Search which people check daily to find the right property.
  • Include photos, full property and area details, rental amounts and any special requirements you may set for tenants, such as not having pets or not smoking.
  • Field enquiries and provide you with contact details for suitable applicants.
  • Work directly with people who need accommodation so can directly match your property to suitable tenants.

Cost: £60 one off fee

Silver

Premium let only service is suitable for landlords who want to avoid the stress of finding tenants but want to manage the property themselves. 

We’ll:

  • Advertise and market your property to find a suitable tenant.
  • Conduct viewings and take up tenant references.
  • Arrange tenancy agreement signings and hand over the keys.
  • Arrange a rental bond if necessary to avoid any need to secure a deposit.
  • Make sure your tenant is fully aware of all their benefits or financial assistance they are entitled to, if appropriate.
  • Conduct the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) inspection.

Cost: £200 one off fee

Gold

Our property management service means we’ll do all the work to let and manage your property.

It includes all the services from our silver service plus:

  • We'll collect rent and carry out regular tenancy checks, keeping you fully updated.
  • Manage the relationship with your tenant and all the legal paperwork.
  • Make sure any disputes or rent arrears are promptly dealt with and brought to a satisfactory resolution.
  • Extend the let or serve notice where necessary.
  • Re-advertise your property as required.
  • Minor repairs and maintenance: we're working towards providing this service, watch this space!

Cost: 10% of the rent we take + VAT (can be slightly reduced for multiple properties)

Platinum

Our private sector leasing service guarantees your rent as well as providing a full tenant and property management service. It's the ultimate stress free way to enjoy being a landlord.

It includes all the services from our property management service as well as giving you peace of mind:

  • Guaranteed rent (minimum 12 month lease).
  • Full property management, including minor repairs and maintenance scheme when agreed.

Cost: £150 sign-up fee and 15% of the rent we take + VAT (can be slightly reduced for multiple properties)

What we expect from landlords

We aim to keep the paperwork to a minimum but there are certain conditions that must be met before we can lease your property. And we’ll expect you to work with us and stay in touch.

If your property is mortgaged you’ll need your lenders agreement to let all or part of it.

The property must be fit to live in and maintained to a decent standard. It must pass/
will be subject to a Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) assessment before being let.

You must have:

  • Building insurance
  • Electrical certificate (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, NICEIC, standard)
  • Gas certificate provided by an accredited gas safety engineer
  • An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) certificate
  • Working smoke alarms throughout the property and a CO2 alarm
  • An effective gas or electric heating system throughout the property

Questions and answers

What areas do you cover?

Primarily Salford but we will consider any properties in the surrounding areas to help local people looking for good homes.

How will Salford Property Link advertise my property?

We will advertise your property with photos, full details and any tenant requirements you have on Salford Home Search which reaches 6000 people looking for homes. Many people check it every day. We also work directly with people who need accommodation so can directly match your property to suitable tenants.

How much rent will I receive?

It depends on how big the property is, what area it’s in and which of our packages you choose. We’re happy to discuss your needs; please speak to one of our advisors to decide what suits you best.

Do you provide a rent guarantee scheme? If so, how long for?

Yes we do, depending on the package of support you choose. We’ll start by putting your property on the rent guarantee scheme for a maximum of 12 months and review it after that.

How much will it cost to let my property through Salford Property Link?

We offer four levels of service depending on whether you want us to simply promote your property, manage the let or manage both the tenancy and property.

You choose which package suits you and pay accordingly.

Will I need to provide anything for the property?

We will request the gas safety certificate, electric installation condition report and an energy performance certificate. Please see What we expect from landlords for full details.

Will you need to complete an inspection of the property?

Yes, we will visit and inspect the property to make sure it meets the necessary criteria. We’ll work with you to find a convenient time and provide a full report. Please contact an advisor for more details.

Do you provide a repair and maintenance service?

That’s our aim and we’re working to get this in place. Please check with an advisor for the latest information.

What checks will you complete to make sure the tenant is suitable?

We will take up references, carry out credit checks and complete an income and expenditure assessment with each potential tenant to make sure they can afford to rent your property. We can also help them with benefits advice and claims if necessary to ensure they can meet the rent.

How involved will I be in the day to day running of tenancy?

You can have as much or as little involvement as you wish. Just choose the package of support that best suits your needs.

Do I need to inform my mortgage lender before I let my property?

Yes, you must have permission from your mortgage lender before you can let your property. If you are looking to buy a property to let you may be able to obtain a buy to let mortgage.

Do I get a designated contact I can keep in contact with?

Of course – but everyone in our team will also be on hand to help with any queries you may have. Just email or phone us.

Contact us at

Salford Property Link 
Salford Housing Options Point (SHOP)
7 Wesley Street
Swinton
M27 6AD 

Email: salfordpropertylink@salford.gov.uk
Telephone: 0161 793 2626

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