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Guide for Landlords

Before a property can be let, there are several things you will need to deal with to ensure that the tenancy runs smoothly, and also that you comply with the law.

On this page you’ll find information on preparing your property for rental. You also need to know about legal and health and safety requirements for letting out your property.

Preparing the Property for rent

 Having a good relationship with Tenants is the key to a smooth-running tenancy.

It is important that the tenants should feel comfortable in their home and that they are getting value for their money.

Therefore a well presented and maintained property in a good decorative order will go towards this, whilst also getting the best rent possible.

General Condition

Gas plumbing, electrical, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. Repairs and maintenance are at the landlords expense unless misuse can be established. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.

Furnishings

Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished. Which of these is appropriate will depend on the type of property and local market conditions. 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 items, ornaments etc.

Personal possessions, pictures, ornaments, books etc. should be removed from the property. Some items may be boxed and stored in the loft at your own risk. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the tenant’s own use.

Gardens

Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns cut. Tenants are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard. However, few tenants are experienced gardeners, and if you value your garden, you may wish us to arrange visits by a gardener.

Cleaning

At the start of the tenancy the property must be in a clean condition, and at the end of each tenancy it is the Tenants’ responsibility to leave the property in a similar clean condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning will be arranged at their expense.

Information for the Tenant

It is helpful if you leave information for the tenant – any operating manuals for the central heating and hot water system, washing machine and alarm system, and the day refuse is collected etc.

Keys

You should provide one set of keys for each Tenant. Where we will be managing we will arrange to have duplicates cut as required.

Mortgage

If your property is mortgaged, you should obtain your mortgagee’s written consent to the letting. They may require additional clauses in the tenancy agreement of which you must inform us.

Leaseholds

If you are a leaseholder, you should check the terms of your lease, and obtain any necessary written consent before letting.

Bills and regular outgoings

We recommend that you arrange for regular outgoings such as service charges, maintenance contracts etc. to be paid by standing order or direct debit.

Council tax and utility accounts

We will arrange for the transfer of Council Tax and utility accounts to the Tenant. Meter readings will be taken, allowing your closing gas and electricity accounts to be drawn up. All these matters we will handle for you.

 The inventory

It is most important that an inventory of contents and schedule of condition be prepared, in order to avoid misunderstanding or dispute at the end of a tenancy. Without such safeguards, it will be impossible for the Landlord to prove any loss, damage, or significant deterioration of the property or contents.

What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy?

Most tenancies will automatically be Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs). Tenancies are usually granted for an initial fixed term of either 6 to 12 months. When the fixed term has expired the landlord is able to regain possession of the property provided he gives two months written notice to the tenant.

 

“Thank you so much for everything and may we extend our thanks to the team also. Great service from day one and we are very happy.”

Sean & Tracey

“All of the staff at Richmond Harvey were very helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble.”

Mr G & Mrs F

“Your service was far above my expectations in relation to other experiences I have had with other agents when buying and selling property. Richmond Harvey kept me informed throughout the process and were always fast to answer any questions I had about the sale.”

Mr & Mrs S

“As the buyer we have been pleasantly surprised by the services we received from the staff at Richmond Harvey. Nothing has been too much trouble. We were kept updated by the process and had a pleasant experience. ”

Mr & Mrs N

“Thank you again for all of your help selling Mum & Dad's bungalow”

Mrs W, St Martins

“Mum is delighted everything has gone through smoothly especially as the sale price was in excess of suggested asking price given by other agents.”

Mr T, Llanymynech

“Excellent service when purchasing my property. My only criticism was not having biscuits with the coffee in the office ”

Mr T, Gobowen