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    Duke Letting have been letting and managing properties in East Sussex for nearly 20 years and manage their impressive portfolio from their office in Uckfield High Street. Whilst some estate agents have a letting department as a sideline to their main aim of selling houses, Duke Letting are solely dedicated to letting and managing and provide a more reliable service by experienced staff.
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    Duke Letting pride themselves on the quality of their property details, providing many photos, floor plans, room sizes and an energy performance certificate. Having seen the details tenants are often able to decide they want to rent a house even before seeing it. There are many properties Duke Letting have been looking after successfully for over 15 years and even some past tenants who have gone on to become landlords themselves. Duke Letting covers Uckfield, Heathfield, Hailsham, Lewes, Haywards Heath, Crowborough and all the rural areas between. Both Rod Carmichael and Lynda Clayton-Smith have an intimate knowledge of the area and are experienced in dealing with everything from property renovation to the complexities of the Housing Acts.
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    When deciding which Letting Agent to use to let and manage your most precious possession you can rest assured that you will be safe with Duke Letting.
    • Rod Carmichael and Lynda Clayton-Smith have been involved in letting and property management in the area for over fifteen years. As an independent Agent we can offer the best service to landlords, tenants and residents associations alike.
    • Duke Letting is a small, reliable business with a dedicated permanent staff. This means that we know all our landlords and tenants on a personal basis, as well as knowing all the idiosyncrasies of the properties we manage. We are able to tailor our actions to your needs and to be there as required.
    • Duke Letting are members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). We are bound by strict rules of conduct and membership is only granted after exhaustive investigation. It is a mandatory requirement of ARLA that all client monies are kept in clients' accounts and that these accounts are subject to an auditors report every year. All client money is bonded.
    • A senior member of staff is available day and night in the case of an emergency.
    • Our advertising is extensive. We have selective appearances in local advertising papers but concentrate on the internet where 80% of home movers expect to find their next home. We have our own dedicated web site and your property will appear on Right Move, Prime Location, Zoopla and a further 15 property portals. Our comprehensive details show many photos, room sizes, floor plans and all have an energy performance certificate.
    • We are members of the following:
      • OEA Ombudsman for Estate Agents
      • FSB Federation of Small Businesses
      • UCC Uckfield Chamber of Commerce
      • ARLA Association of Residential Letting Agents
    • All deposits are held under the strict rules of the TDS The Dispute Service.
    • We hold full Professional Indemnity Insurance.
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    LETTING SERVICE
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    1. We will visit your property and advise on the rental value and on any other relevant points including the latest regulations. At this time you will be able to ask us any questions you may have.
    2. We then advertise your property and search our tenant database for a suitable tenant. Duke Letting can show the property on your behalf or arrange suitable viewing times for you.
    3. When we have found a suitable tenant we will take up references and check their credit profile.
    4. A tenancy agreement is prepared and issued to yourselves and the tenant with any relevant notices.
    5. We collect the first months rent on your behalf and arrangements are made for payments of further monthly rent in accordance with the tenancy agreement. We also collect the deposit and hold it in our client deposits account as stakeholders.
    6. All the relevant utility companies are informed of the tenancy and given meter readings for the transfer of service accounts (eg. gas and electricity).
    7. Duke Letting can on request check in your new tenant at no extra charge.
    8. We can arrange for an inventory of the contents of your property and its condition. It is very important that an inventory is prepared prior to the commencement of the tenancy to avoid any disputes on vacation of the premises.
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    FULL MANAGEMENT SERVICE
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    In addition to the services offered in our letting service we also include the following:

    • Arranging the preparation of the property for the incoming tenant and inspect the property, in the presence of the tenant where possible, twice a year or more regularly if required.
    1. In the event of any repairs or maintenance being necessary we will contact the tenant for access to the property, arrange for any emergency repairs to be carried out immediately and liase with the Landlord where possible in the case of non-emergency repairs.
    2. We will accept rent payments, pay all the expenses for the property, and remit the remaining funds to your bank or send it to you by cheque. In all cases we will provide a comprehensive monthly statement.
    3. We will be in regular contact with your tenant and at least one member of staff will be contact able by telephone at any time. We will hold a key at the office for entry to the property in the case of an emergency.
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    MAXIMISING THE POTENTIAL OF YOUR PROPERTY
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    Decoration

    Most tenants prefer rented properties to be plainly decorated. This means that their furniture will not clash with the decoration and plain painted walls are easier to repair should your tenant have an accident.

    Cleaning

    If a tenant finds the property in good order they are more likely to return it that way. We recommend the use of professional cleaners prior to the start of the tenancy. The Landlord can then insist that the tenant uses professional cleaners when they leave the property.

    Viewings

    It is important to present your property in good condition to prospective tenants. They may be looking at a selection of houses or flats that day and first impressions count. If you are showing the property yourself make sure you have plenty of time so that they are not rushed.

    Below are a few items you may want to see to before the tenant arrives:

    • Keep the rooms uncluttered, as this will give an extra feeling of space.
    • Clean the windows to make the most of the light and ensure that any cracked or broken panes are repaired.
    • If you have a pet ensure that it is out of the house. You should be cleaning your carpets prior to the tenancy, so why not do it before the viewings start. This will give a good appearance to your carpets and ensure a fresh smell.
    • A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference for not much effort, both inside and out.
    • In the bathroom and kitchen remove any limescale from taps, plug holes and other areas, repair leaks and check the grout and sealant round the bath or shower. If necessary change the showerhead.
    • No one likes cleaning ovens but if you leave it clean at the start you can expect it clean at the end.
    • Replace broken light bulbs and if viewings are done in the dark or dusk ensure that the house is well lit.
    • In the garden make sure that the patio and paths are swept and weed free, the lawn is cut, the beds weeded and the shrubs pruned. In most cases the tenant will be responsible for the garden and you will be setting a good standard.
    • Clear out the garage as much as you can and keep it tidy.
    • Remember that tenants viewing your property will be comparing it to others and its appearance will influence whether its yours they rent.


    Duke Letting are always available for further advice so if you have any questions just ask!
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    INVENTORIES

    The importance of an Inventory and Statement of Condition cannot be over stressed. It is an agreement that will ultimately decide what dilapidation has occurred during the tenancy and should be capable of being used in the event of a dispute. Under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme it is in practice essential to have an inventory otherwise it is likely, in the event of a dispute, that the tenant will be awarded the deposit.

    Duke Letting use a trained Inventory Clerk and have negotiated an exceptional deal to keep the cost of an inventory to a minimum when arranged by us.

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Uckfield
105 High Street,
Uckfield,
TN22 1RN
Letting: 01825 596007  Local call rate

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105 High Street,
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TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials from Landlords

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    somebody acting with our best interests in mind

    "Please accept our most sincere thanks for your efforts in Managing H W and for your extremely afficient control of the budget and our money. It is comforting to know that we have somebody acting with our best interests in mind"

    Mr and Mrs M

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    high occupancy rates and good returns

    'Duke have sourced and managed my small residential portfolio in St Leonards for 2 years, which has enjoyed high occupancy rates and good returns without any fuss. I have happily recommended them to colleagues and friends'

    S C MRICS, S.O.L.

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    making property ownership such a painless thing

    Thanks again for making property ownership such a painless thing.

    F L

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    Many thanks

    I really appreciate your help now and over the years! Many thanks

    J L

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    found all aspects to be to a very high standard

    In our opinion the management of the building has been exemplary, we have always found all aspects to be to a very high standard.

    M S H

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    very efficient and professional manner

    We have been dealing with Rod Carmichael of Duke Letting Since 1991. In 1998 he took over the management of a block of 12 purpose built flats which, in our opinion, he has managed in a very efficient and professional manner. He has overseen improvements to the exterior of the property and dealt very promptly with any problems that have arisen. We have no hesitation in recommending him.

    J and D P

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    I will not hesitate to use your services

    May I express my thanks to both of you, for all your help. You have done an excellent job and your efficiency meant that my vacant, unpaid time was kept to a minimum. I will not hesitate to use your services in the future or recommend you if the opportunity arises.

    H P

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    excellent value for money

    MSH own the freehold of 8 blocks containing approximately 80 long leasehold flats all of which are managed by Duke Management. The first development Rod and Lynda managed for us contained two blocks with 20 flats and was constructed over 10 years ago. It is testament to the service offered by them that they were appointed at the outset and have been retained by the residents to the present day. In my view Duke Management are highly professional and extremely efficient and above all have offered the owners of these flats excellent value for money.

    K T

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