Real estate advices

Landlords: How to attract & keep a long term tenant

With many people renting long-term in the London area, tenants will be increasingly looking for somewhere to call home, and as a result are becoming choosier about where they lay down their roots and are wanting to stay-put for longer.

With this in mind, the way a rental property is presented is more important than ever.

So, whether you’ve years of lettings experience or you’re taking your first steps into the world of rentals, we’ve got some simple tips to help attract those valuable long-term tenants.

Our experienced property management team can help and advise when it comes to renting out your property, and we help take the stress out dealing with tenants and looking after it, but there are ways that you can help give us a good head start when it comes to doing this.

Help them make their mark

While it’s tempting to decorate to your own personal tastes, long-term tenants will want to make your house their home. Therefore, a blank canvas to work with is attractive to many potential tenants, so we always say that neutral colours are a good idea. This includes walls, flooring and curtains (if provided). 

Giving your tenant more freedom to make changes can give many people the wobbles, with nightmare visions of inexperienced DIY enthusiasts taking hammers and drills to your freshly plastered walls. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

Why not consider erecting your own picture hooks around the property, putting up easy to remove (and store) curtains and including enough storage and shelving that the temptation of flouting the tenancy agreement, to personalise the space too much, is minimised?

Make it easy to live in

It’s one thing to make a house look nice, but is it actually comfortable to live in on a day-to-day basis? Simple things can make or break a tenant’s rental experience and prevent them from staying in the property long-term.

Make sure you’ve fully assessed what it’s like to live in your property. What’s the temperature like? Would it benefit from thicker carpets for added warmth or wooden floors to keep it cool?

What’s the lighting like, at night, in the bedrooms? A poorly placed street lamp or neighbour’s security light can mean a horrible night’s sleep. Consider putting up some good quality blackout blinds, or letting the tenants provide their own.

As we’re talking lighting, putting up your own security light can give peace of mind to tenants, especially families or people living on their own. 

Pets or no pets?

Think about the possibility of accepting pets. Before you completely dismiss the idea, you’d be surprised how many people we have come to us looking for a property to rent but are struggling to find a place that will accept their furry friends.

If you’re still worried, consider adding a clause to the tenancy agreement that asks pet owners to pay for a professional, specialist deep clean when they leave, or to pay for any damage to furnishings.

By allowing pets, you could open yourself up to a much wider market and take on some fantastic tenants that, because they have a cat or a dog, wouldn’t otherwise be able to find somewhere to rent.

Provide the goods

A lot of new tenants don’t own any white goods, and may not be able to afford all new ones, so the option to rent somewhere with a fridge, dishwasher and washing machine is always more desirable. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but opting for the best you can afford, with good energy ratings, could clinch a deal when it comes to your already attractive rental property. 

If you have any queries about renting out a property in the Bromley area, then please do get in touch.

To see more of our rental properties we currently have, visit our Lettings page

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Lewis McKale

Director, Residential Sales, Lettings & New Homes

07507 656 668

020 8462 7155

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Lewis has over 20 years experience in the property industry. As a young negotiator he worked for large South East London Estate Agency and he also worked his way up to Associate Director at a City based Estate Agency by the time he was 25.

He jointly owned and sold a successful business in the East End of London before deciding to come back to his roots and set up Bromley Property Company in late 2016.

Lewis is a life long Bromley Borough resident and hails from West Wickham where he attended Wickham Common Primary School and then Hayes Secondary School.

He's married with three children, all of whom attend local schools. Both himself and his wife are very active with local autistic charities helping with various events.

Football plays a big part in his life, playing for Charlton Athletic youth team in his early days and he is an avid supporter of Bromley FC.

The competitive drive that pushes him on is what helps fuel his passion for the business. This and his in-depth knowledge of the borough is a great combination which helps deliver the results his clients have come to expect.

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Kyle Peters

Director, Land & Commercial

020 8462 7155

07801 577 782

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In a career spanning more than 20 years Kyle has bought, sold and let Real Estate of all types and sizes in every sector of property industry. Throughout this time he was a long serving founder member of one of the South East’s most successful Commercial & Development property agencies. In addition to a successful agency career he has held senior client-side positions in asset & property management and investment and development acquisitions affording Kyle a holistic viewpoint and greater understanding of the entire process than some agents.

Technically knowledgeable and with a keen eye for detail he has a deep understanding of how to effectively market a property and revels in getting amongst the strategy of a transaction to ensure his clients expectations are regularly exceeded.

With a natural flair for identifying development opportunities and adding value Kyle works regularly with a number of clients on acquisitions and development & planning consultancy and has specialisms in the retirement, care and affordable housing sectors.

Born and raised in the Bromley area, outside of work Kyle enjoys spending as much time as possible with his young family, travelling and all things car related.

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Stuart Jackson

Sales & Lettings

020 8462 7155

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Stuart has worked in the property industry for 10 years now.

Previously working in the East End of London specialising in Shoreditch and The City but deciding to come back to his roots and work in Bromley, Stuart brings his enthusiasm, knowledge and hard work to the company and local Bromley residents will all benefit from this.

Stuart is also a local lad that grew up in Keston, attending Keston Primary School and Hayes Secondary School so his local knowledge is second to none. Currently living in Shortlands Stuart prides himself on his excellent customer service levels and is always available to talk about property and will accommodate viewings whenever he can 7 days a week.

Stuart works very close with Lewis in ensuring that Bromley Property Company offer a customer service unlike any other local estate agent making sure all of our clients be it Vendors, Landlords, Buyers or Tenants are all looked after and dealt with in the best way possible.

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Angela McKale

Admin & Marketing

020 8462 7155

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Angela has worked supporting Lewis and his team for the last 5 years now and has taken the admin side of the business over and helps to ensure that our clients are given a service that is as efficient as possible.

She is responsible for that majority of the companies marketing and she also looks after the properties on our website as well as ensuring our clients are written to promptly.

Helping to run diaries for the team and ensuring everyone is kept on their toes is a real help and she helps keep things organised and ensures the business runs as efficiently as possible.

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Trevor Doran

Head of Property Management

07740 055 025

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Trevor has over 30 years’ experience in maintaining and managing properties.
20 years in the home improvement industry rising to director level served him well as a landlord and since 2009 owning and running his own business specialising purely in property letting and management.
A lifelong Bromley borough resident Trevor runs Bromley Property Company’s letting and management department and continues to operate at the highest possible levels of professionalism and service as the portfolio grows.
Sport and fitness play a big part in Trevor’s life as he tries to keep up with two athletic children currently in sixth form and university. He also follows the fortunes of the ever-improving Bromley FC.

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Amy has worked in Lettings and property management for 10 years starting as a Lettings Negotiator for a corporate Estate Agents in Dartford.

She then worked for an independent Estate Agent in Bexley as a Property Manager and then as Branch Manager for 3 years.

She took some time out when she had her daughter and started working again in Property Management 3 years ago.

Amy has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion and enjoys making clothes and she is also classically trained to Grade 6 in Piano.

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Becky Freeman

Digital Marketing & Social Media

020 8462 7155

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Becky brings with her nearly a decade of digital marketing and multi-award nominated lifestyle blogging experience, and has worked with both household names and smaller companies to create content and enhance their social and online presence. She has appeared in various Interiors & lifestyle magazines, written for publications including The Guardian, and appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ winning her category of Christmas table styling!

After a disappointing experience trying to sell her house with a local high street agent, West Wickham-based Becky had heard great things about Bromley Property Company, swapped to us and quickly sold, and says she couldn't rate Lewis and his team's knowledge of the area and honest valuation highly enough.

As a bit of a property geek with a background in both business and lifestyle marketing, Becky is now on board to oversee all things digital for us through her agency Becky Freeman Digital.

Living and raising 3 children in the local area, Becky loves Bromley and all it has to offer a young family.

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Mary Radovanovich

MAAT, MICB PM.Dip., Accounts

020 8462 7155

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Mary has been in the accounting industry for over 23 years and has a license with the AAT and ICB. Mary prides herself on excellent customer service and strongly believes in building a close working relationship with her clients.

Mary deals with the invoice payments and tax for the group as well as assisting with all aspects of accounting.