Become a landlord with Yorkshire’s best letting agent

Sit back and relax as we apply our knowledge, experience and expertise in the lettings arena to provide landlords with a seamless service to maximise the return on their property investment. We offer three levels of service to suit all the requirements that landlords may have so we cover all bases.

Why let with us?

No agent in the area manages more stock than we do and we’ve won numerous awards for our work in the field, including being recognised as the Best Letting agent in Yorkshire at the esteemed ESTA Awards.

Knowledge of regulatory landscape

Tried and tested

Ultimate peace of mind

24/7 communication

Build to Rent

Knowledge of regulatory landscape

The lettings sector is one which undergoes frequent change in the regulatory landscape including the current Renters Reform Bill. Our team of dedicated lettings experts have an A-Z understanding of the regulations to ensure you have every base covered.

Tried and tested

Our numbers speak for themselves: we manage more properties than any agent in the area, take an average of just 36 days to let your property and cover a broad range of properties including high end rentals of up to £3000 pcm.

Ultimate peace of mind

We have a number of rental guarantees in place to remove the prospect of arrears and undertake a rigorous tenant reference check. We’re members of ​​NFOPP and ARLA  and always endeavour to introduce you to the best landlord insurance package.

24/7 communication

We understand that communication is key. Our online tracker allows you to monitor tenancy details, inspections, work order and download statements 24/7 and we offer fast, on-demand interaction with your tenants to address any issues that arise.  It’s a doddle to use.

Build to Rent

We can help larger landlords and investors source and develop Build to Rent (BTR) purpose-built housing developments via our New Homes team.  These developments are designed for rent rather than sale and are becoming increasingly popular due to increased rental demand from tenants and the higher returns which are now achievable. We can offer an in-house professionally managed service via our established Lettings Department.

Packages Available

All landlords have different requirements depending on how much they wish to be involved and we offer tailored packages to suit all needs.

Let Only

Rent Collect

Fully Let & Managed

Let Only

This entry level service is perfect for landlords with the time and expertise to commit to the day to day running of their investment but want the full experience and back up provided by Robert Watts for marketing the house and moving in the tenant, to make sure the tenancy gets off to the best possible start.

Rent Collect

Our mid-level service is ideal for landlords who are on hand to deal with the day-to-day maintenance of their property, but want Robert Watts’ 30-year knowledge and experience in rent collection. This service can be combined with our ‘Let Only’ service to find a suitable tenant and prepare the contract and additional services are also available such as inventories and rent guarantees to give full peace of mind. These extra services can be included for additional fees.

Fully Let & Managed

As the title suggests this is the full ‘belt and braces’ package and is aimed at those landlords who want to take the stress out of the whole process and let Robert Watts deal with the full day-to-day running of their property rental.

Our comprehensive service aims to help landlords avoid any nasty surprises and includes initial marketing, finding suitable tenants, all safety checks, preparing the agreement, move-ins, rent collection, inspections and organisation of any repairs. Rent guarantees are also available on this option at an additional fee

Services offered check list

£450 inc VAT£270 inc VAT and 6% plus VAT£270 inc VAT & 10% plus VAT
Free market appraisalyyy
Marketing of the property to include a to let board, web advertising and accompanied viewings,yyy
Full referencing including credit check, employer and previous Landlord if applicable. Full right to rent checks......
Full right to rent and immigration checks......
Preparation of in depth property inventoryyy
Preparation of legally binding tenancy agreement (AST)yyy
Preparation of all legally binding associated documents for the tenantyyy
Informing utilities together with meter readings of a new tenantyyy
Collecting the first months and deposit equivalent of 5 weeks rent yyy
Registering the deposit with the DPSy
Monthly accounting with rental payment yy
Emailing monthly statementsyy
Regular property visits per year
Rent guarantee and legals....
Organising tradesman to carry out repairs/maintenance y
Pursuing any rent arrears to the point of issuing legal noticesyy
Renewal of lease agreementsy
Preparing and issuing an annual income and expenditure statementy
Carrying out a move out inspectiony
Organising the return of the deposit and any negotiationsy
Organising legal safety checks including certificatesy

Optional Additional Services

(extra fees apply subject to change)

£450 inc VAT£270 inc VAT and 6% plus VAT£270 inc VAT & 10% plus VAT
**Full referencing and credit checks including Right to Rent Checks £60 per person plus guarantor if required £60 p.p
Preparation of in depth property inventory £240 incl VAT unfurnished £360 incl VAT furnishedY
Registering the deposit with the DPS £120 incl VAT per annumY
Organising the return of the deposit and any negotiations an hourly rate applies
Renewal of lease agreements £120 incl VAT per agreementYY
Preparing and issuing an annual income and expenditure statement £90 incl VAT per annumY
Carrying out a move out inspection £240 incl VAT unfurnished £360 incl VAT furnishedY
Court attendance if rent is not covered by rent guarantee an hourly rate appliesYY

** Rent guarantee and legals

The cost of this covers

Missed rent by the tenant one month in arrears, until vacant possession.
Costs of solicitors who issue all relevant notices and court papers
Attendance by a member of the Robert Watts team an advocate at any court hearing
The cost of a bailiff appointment if the tenant fails to vacate
Attendance at the bailiff appointment by a member of Robert Watts Team

Once the property is vacant 75% of the rent will be paid whilst the property is being advertised
with Robert Watts for a maximum of 3 months
The cost is £250 p.a. for rents up to £500 p.c.m. – £350 p.a. for rent over £500 p.c.m

Additional costs **subject to change**

Gas certificate £65 plus VAT
EPC £100 plus VAT
EPC and professional photographs £150 plus VAT
Electric certificate £150 plus VAT

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Our lettings process in 5 easy steps

Step 1

Discover the value

Our first port of call will be a visit to your property to give you an accurate and realistic idea of achievable rent. Applying our 40+years of experience and intricate knowledge of the local market, we’ll also provide you with pointers on how to make the property more appealing to tenants.

Step 2

Far-reaching marketing strategies

Following a written instruction agreement, we get to work on the marketing front. We’ll process high-quality photography and arrange hard-hitting advertising campaigns across social media, On The Market, Rightmove and our website. We also advertise your home across all six of our offices.

Step 3

7 day viewings

We then begin to arrange viewings, which are offered 7 days a week and outside of traditional working hours. Prospective tenants are always accompanied by a Robert Watts lettings staff member to ensure the property is promoted in a highly attractive manner and any queries are responded to with demonstrable expertise and professionalism.

Step 4

Bidding and referencing

We will always strive to secure the highest rent so will encourage a competitive application & referencing process, if appropriate. Once an acceptable offer has been agreed we undertake an intensive tenant referencing check which includes a full credit check; employment references for the last 6 months; and a landlord reference if the tenant is currently in rented accommodation.

Step 5

Completion in 5 days

Following a successful reference check, typically within 5 days, we will discuss the results with you and confirm a move in date if you are happy for us to do so.