The simple answer is almost always Yes! You don’t need to wait for the lease to end or the renter to vacate before you change agents. There might be outstanding costs such as recent “for lease” advertising for your apartment or maintenance works, but otherwise you can change without any cost or fee.
While the owner signs an agreement with the Property Manager at the start of their appointment, the term of that appointment is about 60-90 days from the date of first appointing them and it then becomes an “ongoing agreement” but as the owner you are free to change agencies at any time after that.
The process of changing is very simple.
There is a small amount of paperwork but these days it is all online, and it can be completed quickly and easily with the right agent.
You don’t need to contact your current agent.
All an owner needs to do, is sign an agreement with your new agent (which can be electronic / online) and complete an owners instruction form (also online). The new Property Manager will then write to your current agent and advise them of the change, and request for the file, keys and photos to be ready for collection. If the property is currently leased, the new Property Manager advises the renter of the new rent payment details and it’s all done. Otherwise, if the property is vacant (or soon to be vacant), the new property manager will commence the marketing and leasing program.
If you would like to change agents, please contact Wood Property to discuss you situation and needs in more detail.