Tenant's Toolkit

Letting Your Property

The UK government has produced a "How to Rent" guide, which you are now required to provide a copy of to your tenant as part of their tenancy.

This guide is frequently updated, so you must ensure that you provide the current version, available from here.

You may also want to read through the "Renting out your property" section here and the guide by money.co.uk on "How to rent out your house".

Local Estate and Lettings Agents

To list your property locally, you can visit an agent online or at their nearest office to register your property with them.

A list of estate and lettings agents in Bromley can be found here.

Note: Some agents may require you to list with them exclusively, often in return for a better rate.

Online Letting Agents

With many tenants starting their search for property online, there is a growing number of sites that offer cost-effective letting services. The advantage of an online service is that as long as the service is an official agent, for example a member of the National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS) and/or the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), you can still secure the protection that you would have from a local high-street agent. In addition, the online service will be able to advertise your property on top search sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla.

The downside of an online agent is that not all of them visit your property. The advantage of a high-street agent is that someone who has letting qualifications will be able to check that your property is safe and legal to let. While some online agents offer this service, others don’t — meaning you could accidentally let your property to someone illegally and potentially be fined.

For a list of popular online letting agents, click here.