1. Home: Explore careers
  2. Letting agent

Letting agent

Alternative titles for this job include Letting negotiator, rental agent

Letting agents manage rental properties on behalf of owners.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

Find out more about jobs in this group

See which sectors you’ll find this job in, what qualifications you need to work in this area and if these types of jobs are going up or going down. This information can help you make good career decisions.

Explore job trends for this group.

How to become

Explore the different ways to get into this role.

How to become a letting agent

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


You could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship as a housing and property management assistant.

Entry requirements

To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

More Information


You'll usually start as administrator with a lettings firm and learn on the job. You'll find it helps to have relevant skills and experience like sales or customer service.

Employers are likely to be more interested in your skills and experience than your qualifications.  Some may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.

Other Routes

You can study for the National Federation of Property Professionals qualifications in Residential Letting and Property Management, while looking for work.

The Chartered Institute of Housing also offers qualifications in Letting and Managing Residential Property.

More Information

Professional and industry bodies

You could join ARLA Propertymark and Chartered Institute of Housing for professional development and networking opportunities.

Further information

You can get more advice about careers in property letting from ARLA Propertymark and Chartered Institute of Housing.

What it takes

Find out what skills you’ll use in this role.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • business management skills
  • active listening skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • persuading and negotiating skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

What you’ll do

Discover the day to day tasks you’ll do in this role.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You will:

  • advise clients about the letting process
  • set up viewings and show potential tenants around the property
  • select responsible, reliable tenants
  • prepare tenancy agreements and inventories
  • check tenant references
  • make sure all aspects of the letting meet legal requirements
  • meet landlords and advise on rents
  • arrange for maintenance to be carried out
  • work with solicitors, builders, cleaners and suppliers
  • handle any problems with the property

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, at a client's business or in an office.

Career path and progression

Look at progression in this role and similar opportunities.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to a management role, or move into estate agency work.

Current opportunities

Find apprenticeships, courses and jobs available near you.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Lettings Consultant Apprentice - Leeds City

  • Wage: £9,360.00 Annually
  • Location:

Housing and Property Management Assistant Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £140.00 Weekly
  • Location: Aylesbury

Courses In England

Are you interested in becoming a letting agent?

Search for training courses near you.

Jobs In the United Kingdom

The Find a job service can help you with your search for jobs and send alerts when new jobs become available.

Skills assessment

Take an assessment to learn more about your skills and the careers that might suit you.

Is this page useful?

Yes No

Thank you for your feedback.

Thank you for your feedback. Click here if you'd like to let us know how we can improve the service.