Renting Out A House For The First Time

By Matthew Daines

Renting Out A House For The First Time

Last updated on March 24th, 2020 at 03:29 pm

Recent years has seen the demand for long term and short term rentals soar. Rising house prices are making it more difficult for people to get on the property ladder. To capitalize on demand, more homeowners are renting out a house for the first time.

First time landlords need to tick off a few things before finding a new tenant.

Download our 30 point checklist for landlords packed with tips to help you in renting out a house for the first time.

Understanding what your obligations are as a landlord when renting out a house for the first time are vitally important including your requirement for landlord registration, mandatory and selective licensing.

So, what are your obligations and how do you get ready for tenants?

Here are our top tips on what you need to think about when renting out a house for the first time:

8 Tips to renting out a house for the first time

Finding the right tenants

We’ve all heard the horror stories of nightmare tenants. Using a reputable and experienced online letting agent will take the pain out of finding the best tenants for your property at a price far cheaper than the high street and which won’t break the bank. Our Gold and Platinum packages are used by over 50% of our landlords, and because we offer guaranteed rent  they won’t lose out if their tenant goes walkies or fails to pay.

Preparation is key

Don’t rush to show prospective tenants around the property until it’s in a spotless condition. It’s sounds obvious but the property must be clean, tidy and with all maintenance issues completed – first impressions count! Also make the decision as to whether it will be furnished or unfurnished and present the property as such. But don’t forget, you may need additional landlords insurance cover if you decide to furnish the property.

Health and safety

Health and safety is paramount, so you must ensure that the property complies with fire, gas, electrical and furniture regulations. You should carry out safety checks on a regular basis.  You can’t cut corners when it comes to health and safety.

Guarantee your rental income

IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE: Rent Guarantee Insurance is not available to purchase through at this time. For more information, please visit our Coronavirus Help Page.

A guaranteed rent scheme will give you peace of mind and will cover such things as loss of rent, accidental damage, legal expenses and liabilities, to name but a few.  Our Guaranteed Rent and Rent on Time features are what make our Gold and Platinum packages the preferred choice of cover for our landlords.

Tenancy agreement

A robust tenancy agreement will protect your rights and your property. Disputes are very difficult to settle with your tenant if you do not have a written tenancy agreement.

See also: Is a verbal tenancy agreement legally binding?

Landlord and tenant rights

Just because you own the house, doesn’t mean you can pop round anytime you please – you have to give at least 24 hours’ notice before you gain access to a tenanted property . You must get up to speed a host of other legal obligations, as you could find yourself in hot water if you fail to abide by the laws.

Property inventory

Recording and logging an accurate property inventory provides the evidence you need should there be a dispute over damage to the property and disagreements about the deposit. An inventory is even more important if the property was rented as fully furnished.

Our golden rule on becoming a landlord is to ‘treat your property and tenants as if the property is your business and the tenants, your customers.’  Treat your customers well, and they will look after your property business.

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About Matthew Daines

Matthew DainesAs COO of since 2011, Matthew holds a dual role in management and operations. His strategic, focused and goal orientated experience in achieving results within international, high-profile organisations adds to’s continual success and innovation within the private rental sector.

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    May 9, 2019 REPLY

    I like how you mentioned that it’s important you find the right tenants to rent your property, and how you shouldn’t rush to show prospective tenants around the property until it’s in a spotless condition. My husband and I will probably be away for the whole summer, and have been thinking about renting our house out while we’re gone, but have no idea how to go about it. I will definitely keep your great tips and information in mind when trying to prepare to rent our house out for the summer.

      Lewis Chatham
      May 10, 2019 REPLY

      Good morning. We are delighted you have found this blog useful and would love to work with you, to find the best tenants for the summer months. We would look to draft a 6 month tenancy agreement and guarantee the rent is paid on time, every month. This will give you complete peace of mind, so you can enjoy your time away. If you would like to chat with the team and ask questions about next steps, please feel free to call us on 03335778888. Have a lovely weekend.

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