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Our Landlord Services
Our fully managed Landlord services begin with a free, no obligation, rental valuation (request a valuation). At this stage, Landlords will be advised of any work required before the property can be offered for rental, together with an assessment of the market value of the property and an indication of the current demand for the specific property type.
Properties are advertised predominately on the property websites Rightmove.com and Findaproperty.co.uk as well as on our own website and within the local newspaper. If required, one of our distinctive ‘To Let’ signs can be erected at the property. Additionally, our prominent main road window display provides an opportunity to browse properties for rent and detailed brochures with colour photographs are available to take away and an option to register details to be informed of new properties offered through both our website and within our office.
Property Viewing/Tenant Referencing Services
Property inspections are always accompanied and care is taken to ensure tenant suitability, including referencing by the specialist insurance firm Rentshield Direct. Full assessment of the applicant’s previous credit history is gathered together with employment, bank and previous Landlord’s references. Once a report is completed final consultation with the Landlord is made prior to a letting being agreed.
Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements & Inventory
Once final consent to let the property has been given an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement will be prepared. This will include a full and detailed inventory, with colour photographs, to establish and agree the condition of the property with the Tenant. The Tenant will be required to provide a financial bond which may be used to compensate the Landlord in the event of damage or unreasonable wear and tear to the property. Bond payments are registered under the Government Bond Protection Scheme.
Accounting to Landlord
A copy of the Tenancy Agreement, which is signed by the Tenant, will be sent to the Landlord together with an acknowledgement that the first rent payment has been credited to the Landlord’s bank account. Thereafter, monthly rent payments will be made to the Landlord’s bank account and a statement will be issued every month showing total rental income and deductions made.
Fully Managed Service
Tenancy agreements will be valid for a fixed term, usually 6 months, but may be renewed if the tenancy proceeds satisfactorily. Should the Landlord not wish to renew the agreement, notice will be given to the Tenant at least 2 months before the end of the fixed term.
Periodic inspections will be made and the Landlord will be informed of significant changes. Ongoing contact will be maintained, with Tenants and Landlords, to ensure that adequate notice can be given should either party decide to terminate the tenancy agreement.
Should the Tenant decide to vacate the property, an immediate inspection will be carried out and a report will be sent to the Landlord. Every effort will be made to re-let the property as quickly as possible to minimise vacant periods.
During the term of the Tenancy the Landlord’s obligations can be summarised as follows:
- The property must be maintained in the same condition throughout the term of the Tenancy and repairs must be carried out promptly. Estimates for minor repairs will be obtained and discussed with the Landlord but emergency repairs, such as flooding and dangerous electrical or gas faults, may require immediate attention to ensure the health and safety of the Tenants.
- All gas appliances must be serviced and certified annually by a “Gas Safe” registered heating engineer.
- Electrical wiring and installations are not subject to annual inspections but must be maintained in good condition and comply with current regulations. Any electrical appliances must be PAT tested on an annual basis.
- Soft furnishings such as chairs, beds, etc must comply with the 1988 Fire Regulations and must be labelled accordingly.
- The Landlord will be responsible for insuring the structure of the property and must inform the Insurer of the intention to let the property. The Tenant will be responsible for insuring personal possessions.
- If the property is mortgaged the Landlord must inform the Mortgage Lender and obtain consent to let the property before a tenancy is agreed.
- An Energy Performance Certificate must be obtained prior to advertising a property, should you require a certificate these may be ordered via our office through Property Search Group.