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Advice for Landlords

 

Advice for Landlords

We have written a series of Landlord advice articles to assist you when letting a property.  Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned professional Landlord or Property Manager, we hope this information will help you learn how to be a Landlord. 

If you have any questions about letting a property, we do hope you will be able to find the answers here however, if you would prefer to speak to an agent, please call us on 0333 577 8888 and select option 2.

In this series of Landlord advice articles, we will explore how a typical Landlord would go about letting a property for the first time.  You can use this as a guideline although some cases may differ slightly.

Landlords reading advice guideIf you have any doubt regarding the legality of letting a property privately, you must seek legal advice from a suitably qualified professional, such as a solicitor.  The information contained within this series of articles is not to be taken as legal advice, rather as a point of reference and general guide.

Throughout the articles, references will be made to areas on ou website which may help you further.

How to be a Landlord

   How to be a Landlord

A guide packed with hints, tips and rental property regulations written to help you to learn how to be a Landlord.

   Consent to Letting

Before letting a property, Landlords may be required to obtain consent to let.

   Preparing to let a property

Most deposit disputes result from property cleanliness problems at the end of the tenancy.

   Energy Performance Certificates

An Energy Performance Certificate is issued to the Landlord after having an energy assessment at a property

   Let property furnished or unfurnished

Would a property let better if it was furnished or unfurnished? Read more for helpful tips and hints.

   Marketing a property to let

Learn how Landlords best market a property to let online. Write a good description and take photos.

   Furniture and furnishings regulations

Furniture a Landlord provides must be fire resistant and meet the fire resistance requirements.

   Showing property to Tenants

Always make sure it is safe for you and your prospective Tenants to view the property.

   Referencing a Tenant

It is in the Landlords interest to reference check Tenants to avoid risk of rent arrears.

   Tenancy Agreements

A Tenancy Agreement is one of the most important documents when letting a property, find out more.

   Tenancy deposits

Deposits are used to offset against payment for damage, dilapidation or losses at the end of Tenancy.

   Receiving the rent

Landlords would usually require the first month’s rent to be paid in advance with the tenancy deposit.

   Moving the Tenant into the property

It is recommended to have a completed, unbiased property inventory and Schedule of Condition.

   Gas Safety Regulations

Gas Safety Regulations ensure that all gas appliances, pipe work and flues are maintained in a safe condition

   Electrical equipment safety regulations

Electrical appliances must be safe to use; the electrical installation must be completely safe.

   Landlords building and contents insurance

It is strongly advised that Landlords get Landlords insurance on the property they are letting.

   Utilities

When letting a property, make sure your Tenant registers with the utility companies.

   Managing your rental property and Tenant

There are two golden rules when letting a property to do with price and response times.

   Rental property inspections

Landlords should visit the property being let every 3 - 6 months.

   Ending a Tenancy Agreement

Landlords who let property with an AST have a legal right to get the property back at the end of the Tenancy.

   How to evict a tenant

Tenant eviction is relatively straightforward however 50% of landlords and agents follow the process incorrectly and end up loosing more than a few months rent and legal fees.