Month: May 2017

Commuters: why choose rental property in Hertfordshire?

If you travel into London every day for work and are thinking about moving, it would be worth considering a rental property in Hertfordshire. Located just north of London, Hertfordshire combines the best of both worlds: fast transport links into the capital and picturesque countryside. In fact, the uSwitch Quality of Life Index listed Hertfordshire as the third-best place to live in the UK in 2013 and 2015.

Hertfordshire is a business traveller’s dream, within easy reach of Luton, Stansted and Heathrow Airports. It offers four motorways and five train lines which run into London and out into East Anglia, the Midlands, the north and Wales.

Whatever your preferences and budget, you will find your ideal rental property in Hertfordshire, with its market towns and garden cities, urban communities on the outskirts of London and sleepy country villages. Hertfordshire offers all types of property, from town centre apartments, cottages and character houses to larger traditional country residences. At Home & Abroad Rentals, we handle properties ranging in value from £700 – £6000pcm.

Hertfordshire is one of the most highly performing education authorities in England, with 26 independent schools and 73 state secondary schools.

There is plenty to do in Hertfordshire during those precious weekends. The county includes a number of historic houses, museums, parks, gardens, historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Whilst the tranquil English countryside and the great outdoors are all on the doorstep, the bright lights and visitor attractions of London are just 30 minutes away by train, so you’ll never be short of things to see and do.

Home & Abroad Rentals was established over 25 years ago in the delightful Hertfordshire market town of Berkhamsted, which boasts the nearby attractions of the National Trust Ashridge Estate, the historic remains of 11th century Berkhamsted Castle and the Grand Union Canal.

How to choose the right Berkhamsted letting agent

Choosing the right letting agent is a big decision, as your agent may be responsible for important long-term financial and legal matters. The aim is to find an agent who will enable you to rent out your property securely to an appropriate tenant for the best possible return. So what criteria should you consider when looking for a Berkhamsted letting agent?

Service level

The first decision to make is what you will require of your letting agent. At Home & Abroad Rentals, we offer landlords three options:

  • Let Only: the agent finds a suitable tenant and the landlord undertakes the day-to-day management of the letting.
  • Rent Collection: the agent finds a suitable tenant and collects the rent. All other matters are dealt with by the landlord.
  • Full Management: the agent takes care of all matters related to the letting and only involves the landlord if something out of the ordinary needs their input. For new or less experienced landlords, full management can be a good option, as it offers the greatest peace of mind.

Home & Abroad is unique among Berkhamsted letting agents for providing a complete in-house management service.

Local expertise

It’s a good idea to use a letting agent that is located in the same area as the rental property, as knowledge of the local market is invaluable when it comes to setting rents and finding suitable tenants. Home & Abroad Rentals was established over 25 years ago and all our staff have been with us for many years, so we offer unparalleled local expertise.

Membership with professional body

It is important to choose a letting agent with membership to the National Approved Letting Scheme, or one of the professional bodies that support it:

  • The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

Home & Abroad Rentals is ARLA registered, which means that we follow codes of professional conduct and have guarantees in place to protect landlord and tenant monies.

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What our clients say

From the outset, the service we received from the team at Home & Abroad was very patient and respectful of our situation as we were constrained by getting international visas approved. Other agents in Berkhamsted were keen to push us to consider selling not renting acting for their own interests not ours. Once the timings […]


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