Before you start letting your property, please take the time to read the suggestions below. By following this list your tenancy will run far more smoothly and you will be legally compliant.
If you require further advice or assistance with any matter, please do not hesitate to contact us
Preparing the Property
The smooth-running of your tenancy starts with having a good relationship with your tenants. As Property Managers this relationship is our job and we know how important it is that your tenants should feel comfortable in their home and that they are receiving value for their money.
A well presented and maintained property in a good decorative order will help your tenants feel safe and secure and they will then be more inclined to treat your property with greater respect. A well presented property also has the added benefit of often achieving a higher rental figure.
The working order of your property’s electrical, gas plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be a priority. As a landlord, repairs and maintenance are at your expense, unless misuse by your tenants can be established. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.
Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished. The Which of these is appropriate will depend on the type of property and local market conditions. We will be pleased to give you advice on whether to furnish or not and to what level. As a minimum you will need to provide decent quality carpets, curtains and light fittings. Remember that there will be wear and tear on the property and any items provided.
Personal possessions, ornaments, pictures, books etc. should be removed from the premises, especially those of real or sentimental value. Some items may be boxed, sealed and stored in the loft at the owner?s risk. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the Tenant’s own use.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns cut. Tenants are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard. Please provided them with the necessary tools. However, few tenants are experienced gardeners. If you value your garden, or if it is particularly large, you may wish us to arrange visits by our regular gardener.
Your property must be in a thoroughly clean condition at the start of the tenancy. At the end of each tenancy it is the Tenants’ responsibility to leave the property in a similar condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning will be arranged at their expense.
Information for Tenants
It is helpful if you leave information for your tenant, such as how to operate the central heating and hot water system, washing machine and alarm system, and the day refuse is collected etc.
You should provide one set of keys for each Tenant and a set for us. We will arrange to have duplicates cut.