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Landlord Guide

We outline on this page a basic, quick guide and overview for Landlords, to explain what is typically involved with letting property. If you need any further information or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  1. Request a free valuation
  2. Letting Only Service
  3. Full Management
  4. Inventories
  5. Consent to Let
  6. Utilities
  7. Tenancy Agreement
  8. Legal Matters

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Letting Only Service-  includes

  • Rental Valuation & Inspection
  • Advice to landlords on furnishings, health and safety issues and any maintenance recommendations.
  • Advertising & Marketing your property on our state of the art website, UK's leading property portals including Find A Property, Zoopla and Primelocation as well as emailing and sms messaging details to all potential applicants.
  • We accompany all viewings.
  • Extensive referencing of tenants who wish to rent your property.
  • Preparation of the tenancy agreement(s)
  • Collection of initial rent and deposit.
  • Setting up standing order mandate for future rent subject to tenancy commencing.

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Full Management
The complete service includes (all the above) plus:

  • A professionally prepared detailed inventory of contents and condition.
  • Arranging maintenance - we have our own in-house maintenance team which means we can act quickly to rectify problems as well as keeping costs to a minimum.
  • Dealing with day to day tenant problems that may arise.
  • Transfer of utility accounts, electric, gas, council tax and water.
  • Closing inspection and check out at end of tenancy.
  • Organising return of deposit subject to the property being returned in a satisfactory condition.
  • Look to find suitable new tenants prior to expiry of the existing tenancy.

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INVENTORIES

We strongly advise our Landlords to carry out a full inventory for each separate tenancy. The purpose of checking an inventory is to establish damages which can only be done if descriptions and conditioning remarks are sufficiently detailed at the commencement of the tenancy and then at the end of the term.

Under the terms of the tenancy agreement, the tenant is required to return the property and contents at the end of the tenancy in the same condition as they were at the commencement, fair wear and tear accepted.

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CONSENT TO LET

If the landlord has a mortgage, it is normal for mortgagees to require notification of any proposed lettings and the landlord should seek their initial consent. In the case of leasehold premises the consent of the Head Lessee of Freeholder will be required. The landlord should also advise his insurance company of the proposal to let the property as this could either invalidate the insurance altogether or increase the premiums. You should obtain written documentation of these consents prior to letting.

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UTILITIES

The tenant will be responsible for the payment of gas, electricity, water, telephone, council tax and television licence. (Unless otherwise agreed and stated)
As the landlord you are still responsible for the payment of service charges and ground rent in leasehold properties and buildings insurance on Freehold properties.

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TENANCY AGREEMENTS

Most tenancies are classed as Assured Shorthold Tenancies. Under the Housing Act 1998 (as amended 1996) landlords have more rights to possession than with tenancies commencing prior to the Acts and procedures for possession are now quicker and simpler (provided the process is carried out correctly).

Most of our Assured Shorthold Tenancies are drawn up for a minimum period of six months. We will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of different time periods with you.

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LEGAL MATTERS

Our staff have been trained and receive ongoing training on the various legal aspects of letting including safety regulations, tenancy agreements and clauses, possession and have vast practical experience. They will be happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding more detailed legal matters.

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