New lettings agency Silver Birch launches to transform the private rented housing market

Silver Birch, the first independent social lettings agency (SLA) in the East of England, has launched today to offer landlords a professional, ethical lettings service.

In England there are more than 200,000 long-term empty houses, according to the UK Government’s official statistics in 2017, as the number of homeless people, and people in housing need rises.  Silver Birch is already working with one of the largest council boroughs in Essex, private landlords in Essex and London, and in conversations with others in the region to manage several properties.

Silver Birch prides itself on providing a thorough and reliable lettings management service that supports both the landlord and tenant. With over twenty years’ combined experience in the housing sector, the team at Silver Birch have drawn on their extensive experience in the rental housing market to offer landlords something different. As a Community Interest Company (CIC) it is driven by quality outcomes, rather than shareholder profits.

Founder, Jenny Elliott, commented “We are proud to be launching Silver Birch at a crucial time, when the country is facing a housing crisis. We are the first independent lettings agency of its kind in this region and we’re looking forward to working with landlords to not only better manage their properties, at some of the industry’s lowest fees, but also support tenants. Because we are not profit-driven, we can run our business on an ethical basis and go the extra mile to ensure properties and rental streams are maintained.”

Up to date knowledge of rental law, a flexible workforce and guaranteed rental income options position Silver Birch competitively in the market. The company offers landlords a full letting agency service at an extremely competitive rate.

The standard level of service landlords can expect from Silver Birch includes: ready to let checks; monthly visits to properties; tenant find checks, sign up and renewals; pre and post inventories and serving of notices all for one monthly management fee.

Elliott added, “We have a waiting list of great tenants looking to find a home. At Silver Birch, profits made by the company will be used to improve opportunities for the tenants, from reducing fuel poverty to helping with training and education. We know from experience that by supporting tenants and maintaining regular contact we can create more stable homes for people, protect properties and deliver a steady income for landlords. The end result is more long term, happy tenancies are established. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

Tenants can expect a decent home and a supportive service from Silver Birch. By not charging for many of the services that traditional letting agents charge such as referencing and other tenancy checks, tenants are treated fairly and build trust with the agents at Silver Birch.

Leading the way for responsible housing in England, landlords looking to either let or rent out properties for short, medium or long term can now do so ethically with Silver Birch.

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