Okay, so as I am on the verge of moving in with the future Mrs Jim, I am able to let my flat out. Situation is this: I have small 2 beds flat in older block with one radiator (30s design but keeps house toasty warm), and no in flat boiler. There is only the usual round of 2 sinks, gas hob and electric oven to worry about. Flat is redecorated, and has newish electrical items as appropriate. I'd like to ensure I vet the tenants anyway, as I want a certain type of tenant (professional couple) and I'll only be living a couple of miles away. I've got a good list of plumbers / sparkies and the like for emergencies, and the building already has an in place management company that is proactive at sorting heating problems and hot water issues through the maintenance contract. So, my question is, given all this, is it worth getting a letting agency to look after the flat - there seems relatively little scope for problems, so what advantage do they bring?