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Letting Agent / Landlord

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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Job Training
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At a Glance... header image

Manages the rental of property, collects payment from tenants, attends to complaints, and oversees any necessary repairs.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Manage and oversee operations, maintenance, administration, and improvement of commercial, industrial, or residential properties.

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Plan, schedule, and coordinate general maintenance, major repairs, and remodeling or construction projects for commercial or residential properties.

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Direct collection of monthly assessments, rental fees, and deposits and payment of insurance premiums, mortgage, taxes, and incurred operating expenses.

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Inspect grounds, facilities, and equipment routinely to determine necessity of repairs or maintenance.

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Act as liaisons between on-site managers or tenants and owners.

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Meet with prospective tenants to show properties, explain terms of occupancy, and provide information about local areas.

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Market vacant space to prospective tenants through leasing agents, advertising, or other methods.

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Prepare detailed budgets and financial reports for properties.

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Maintain records of sales, rental or usage activity, special permits issued, maintenance and operating costs, or property availability.

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Direct and coordinate the activities of staff and contract personnel and evaluate their performance.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Monitoring and Controlling Resources:  Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Economics and Accounting:  Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Clerical & Administration

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