Advice for Landlords

In order to have a hassle-free let, it is important to choose your agent with care and to prepare your property for letting. First impressions do make a difference…

Rental valuation
Arrange for a rental assessment on the property and one of our branch managers or experienced negotiators will advise you on the current rental value of your property.You will need to decide by which date the property will be ready for letting as it is advisable to start marketing the property approximately six weeks in advance.

Instructing your agent
When you have decided to proceed with the letting of the property, we will agree our professional fees in advance depending on the level of service you require, i.e. letting service only, rent collection or full property management.

We understand that excellent presentation and maximum exposure play a key role in achieving the best possible rental income for our landlords. The property details, with digital photographs will be advertised on the internet, our website, with a ‘To Let’ board and within our local offices.

Preparing your property for viewings is very important. It should be presentable inside and outside. If the property is currently tenanted, then you will need to let them know that viewings will be taking place and the importance of keeping the property tidy.

Tenant checks
Once we have found suitable applicants who wish to take the property, we will go through the procedure of reference checks and present them to you for consideration.

Tenancy agreement
A draft tenancy agreement will be prepared and once we have approval from both parties i.e. landlord and tenant, we will arrange for the documents to be signed by each party prior to the start of the tenancy.

A security deposit of one and a half months’ rent is required from the tenant (two months for pet owners) which we will hold as stakeholders. The deposit is registered with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

A detailed Inventory and Schedule of Condition of the property will be prepared by an independent inventory company and agreed to by both the landlord and the tenant. In most instances, the landlord pays for the cost of the inventory check-in and the tenant pays for the inventory check-out.

Landlord’s liabilities
The property and contents should be comprehensively insured and you will need to notify your insurers that you intend to let the property. Likewise, if the property is subject to a mortgage, you will need to seek the lender’s consent to let the property. A leasehold property will need consent for the freeholder. If the property is owned by more than one person, the joint owner’s permission must be obtained.

Generally, the tenant takes responsibility for the utilities, i.e. gas, electricity, water and council tax. We will arrange the meter readings and the transfer of utilities into the tenant’s name. It will be up to you to arrange the final accounts for the telephone and television.

Final preparations
It is money well spent to have the property professionally cleaned prior to the start of the tenancy. Also, ensure that the garden is tidy and the grass is cut. You will need to provide at least two sets of keys for the tenant and a set for the agent if the property is to be managed. Leave all the instruction manuals for the kitchen appliances in a folder in the property along with the internal door keys and window keys etc.

Move in day has arrived!
The tenant will be checked-in by the inventory clerk and keys will be handed over.

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