Letting Agent Fees for London Landlords

Landlords Sep 3, 2019

For the most up-to-date guide on letting agency fees, click here to read our 2020 report.

Finding out the cost of tenant-find services requires contacting multiple agencies, and can be a long, daunting process. For this reason, we have created a guide to letting agent fees for Landlords looking to rent out their London properties in 2019. There are three types of agencies and fee structures:

Local Lettings Agencies Fees

London's local agencies charge between 6% - 9% of the total agreed contract amount. This cost covers for marketing, contracting, and tenancy progression . They will also charge renewal costs (cost of updating documentation if the tenants wish to extend their contract) amounting to 50% to 80% of the initial Tenant-find fee.

To translate the fee into nominal terms, for the average London two-bedroom flat priced at £1,750 pcm, with a tenancy duration of 2 years (the average contract duration in Central London) the average local agency fees would amount to the following:

- 1 year contract: £1,450

- 1 year renewal: £900

Additionally, some agencies would charge a Tenancy Set-up fee, as well as for individual references, admin fees, and deposit handling fees.

National High Street Agents Fees

Traditional high street agents charge between 8% - 12% of the total agreed contract amount for tenant-find only. Again, this cost covers for marketing, contracting and tenancy progression . They, too, will charge renewal costs priced anywhere between 50%-100% of the full initial fee paid.

For comparison purposes, filling the average London two-bedroom flat priced at £1,750 pcm will cost landlords the following:

- 1 year contract: £2,100

- 1 year renewal: £1,575

Before instructing a high street agency, ask the lettings manager about administration or extra tenant fees recently added onto the landlord fee structure.

Hybrid Agencies Fees

Home Made is London's largest hybrid agency, with thousands of tenanted properties per year. Thanks to its centralised and unique operating model, we are able to offer landlords a premium, full tenant-find service for a fixed fee of £948+VAT* with no renewal fees, nor any administration or hidden charges.

If you were looking to let the average two bedroom flat, you are looking at the following cost:

- 1 year contract: £948+VAT equal to 5.3% of the first year’s cost

- 1 year renewal: £0

*For properties priced over £3,000 pcm, our fee is 3%+VAT of the first year rent

Below is a comparison of letting agency fees on properties priced at £1,750 pcm & £2,500 pcm.

If you are looking to rent a property, would like to find out more about letting fees in London, or discuss other property needs, you can reach us here.

At Home Made, we offer a hybrid lettings solution that adds value at every stage of the rental process. With our game-changing new landlord platform, The Property Wallet, we offer London landlords exceptional tenant-find and property management services for a low monthly fee.

  • Avoid expensive upfront fees and spread the cost of marketing your property with the option to pay monthly.
  • Free rent collection and arrears chasing.
  • Sign off and see all charges and payments in your dashboard.
  • Real-time updates on marketing, viewings, and offers.

Prices start from just £50+VAT/mo for tenant-find and £60+VAT/mo for management. Alternatively, you can pay a one-off upfront fee of £1,200+VAT for our tenant-find service.

If you would like to speak with us about your property needs, contact us via our website to find out how we can help. If you're ready to get started, book your free valuation here.

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