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We are completely committed to providing a full lettings service to rental investors and looking after your buy-to-let property should you require us to manage it for you. Our success is only when we let your property and we are 100 per cent dedicated to achieving the optimum rental - always.

Our experience

Established in 1958, we have six decades of experience at letting and managing property throughout London. Our track record and localised experience has helped overseas and home-grown investors prosper in the peaks and the lows of the rentals market.

Realistic valuations

Securing a quick let to the best possible tenant is always our aim. This is only possible when a property is marketed at a realistic, achievable local rental. Through decades of experience, our advice is unbiased and tends to be accurate.

London-wide branches

Our current network of branches are highly visible and strategically placed in the most popular rental locations including Beaufort Park Colindale, Canary Wharf, the City, Ealing, Greenwich, Fulham Reach Hammersmith, Hampstead, Highgate, Hyde Park, Imperial Wharf Fulham, Kensington, Kew, Knightsbridge, Nine Elms, Surrey Quays, the West End and Wapping.

International offices

We’ve been operating in South East Asia since 1995 and following expansion, we now operate out of five international offices in China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore. Each office employs local staff with experienced, dedicated property managers providing a convenient and personalised service in your time zone. And, you receive the same level of service as our UK clients.

Attracting tenants

Our network of high traffic websites including brlets.co.uk ensure our properties are seen by a constant flow of prospective tenants. We also list with the main property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla and Onthemarket. We are very active on social media and across the Google network. We also do e-marketing and use signboards - all dedicated to attracting tenants 24 hours a day. Once instructed, a property can be online within minutes and images and a virtual tour of your property will be taken by our in-house photographers to give it maximum exposure.

Peace of mind property management and accounts

Run by a fully qualified solicitor, our property management department can look after everything from organising repairs with trusted contractors; give advice on legal issues, carry out inspections and generally making sure everything runs smoothly. Our accounts centre is managed by a chartered accountant and offers a full range of financial management services including 24hr access to our online accounts providing you with secure, real-time information when you require it.

Our memberships

Governance and compliance are important to us. Benham and Reeves are founder members of ARLA Propertymark (the Association of Residential Letting Agents) and full members of The Property Ombudsman for Lettings and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. As estate agents in London, we are also members NALS (the National Association of Estate Agents). You can learn more about this by going to our membership page.

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New Electrical Safety Regulations for Landlords

The UK Government is soon to introduce new Electrical Safety Regulations, requiring landlords and letting agents to ensure electrical installation inspections are carried out on all new tenancies in England from 1st July 2020 or from 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies. Landlords will have to ensure that every fixed electrical installation in their rental property is inspected and tested by a qualified person at least every five years. The landlord will also have to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test and supply it to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test. They will have to keep a copy for themselves until the next inspection is due.

Key requirements of the new Electrical Safety Regulations

Landlords must:
  • Obtain and retain a copy of the report from the person carrying out the inspection and test, with the results and the date of the next inspection.
  • Provide a copy of any new report to the tenant(s) within 28 days of the inspection and test.
  • Provide a copy of the report to the local housing authority within seven days, if requested.
  • Supply a copy of the most recent report to any new tenant before they move in.
  • Supply a copy of the most recent report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of any request from that prospective tenant.
You can find more information on the new legislation at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780111191934/pdfs/ukdsi_9780111191934_en.pdf

Penalties for non-compliance

Local housing authorities are required to enforce the regulations and will be able to organise remedial action if necessary. If a local housing authority is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that a private landlord has breached a regulation it may impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

What to do next

If you own a rental property you will need to ensure that a qualified electrician carries out an inspection and testing at your property before the 1st July 2020 deadline or before 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies. We believe that the new regulations are a positive step forward for the lettings industry, helping to improve safety standards across the Private Rented Sector, although of course professional landlords will already be carrying out these measures as standard. If you use our Property Management service, we will organise any required Electrical Safety Regulations inspections and testing on your behalf, as we already do for Gas Safety testing and certificates. If you have any queries about the new legislation and how you can ensure your property is compliant, please get in touch here

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