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Using Skip Tracing as a Letting Agent

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Features, Real Estate Radar, Variety

Letting agents often have a lot of work to deal with when they are looking after and renting out a range of properties. Fortunately, in today’s digital era, many tools can help them manage their properties more efficiently. This includes a variety of online tools that can be used with ease and convenience and can prove invaluable in a variety of ways.

One of the tools that agents can use is skip tracing, which provides a great way of accessing the details of people who have skipped town for one reason or another. For letting agents, this provides the ability to get the contact information of tenants who may have skipped town because of damage they have caused to the property or because they have fallen behind on the rent.

What Is Skip Tracing?

So, what is skip tracing and how can it help to let agents? Skip tracing does what it says on the tin – it is a tool that can help trace people who have skipped town for whatever reason. When people skip town, there is usually a reason behind it, and this reason can have an impact on others. For letting agents, the reason could be extensive property damage or high rent arrears, which can impact agents and landlords regarding their finances and properties.

So, what can letting agents find out from skip tracing? Well, there are many details that can be accessed through these tools, some of which include:

Current Contact Number

One of the things that letting agents may struggle with when a tenant skips town is trying to contact them via phone. While the agent may have a phone number on record, this may be incorrect, or the tenant may even have changed it after skipping town. This then makes it increasingly difficult for the agent to make contact. With these tracing tools, agents can get information on the most current phone number for the tenant, which means that they can then contact them quickly and easily regarding the issue.

Current Address

Another thing that letting agents struggle with when a tenant skips town is finding out where they have gone. Obviously, the tenant will need somewhere to live but they are not likely to give the letting agent their new address if they have caused damage or owe rent on the property. The simple solution is to use these tools to find out what the current address is to write to the tenant and get the most updated address.

Deceased or Bankrupt Status

One of the other things letting agents can find out from these tools is whether the tenant is deceased. Some agents may spend a lot of time chasing tenants because they have not been informed that they have passed away. Likewise, the tenant may have been declared bankrupt, and this is something else that is flagged up in these searches.

These are some of the ways in which letting agents can use these skip tracing tools. 

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