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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 time Landlord 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 a ‘Letting a Property’ 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.
If 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 the ‘Letting a Property’ website which may help you further.
|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.|
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