Landlords Guide

I want to rent out my property but where do I start?

Step 1

Your first step to a successful tenancy is to book your FREE, No-Obligation property valuation with one of our experienced lettings team.

Step 2

Valuations

Our in-depth knowledge of the local property market helps us to provide you with an accurate and achievable rental estimate. We can also offer valuable advice on preparing your property for marketing, to help you maximise your potential rental yield.

Step 3

Preparation

Before marketing your property, you will need to obtain a current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). All properties, be they to sell or to let, must have a current EPC before marketing so potential buyers and tenants can assess the cost of running the property.

EPCs are valid for 10 years, so you may already have one. If not, we can help you arrange this.

To help you reach as many potential suitable tenants as possible, we market your property extensively using:

  • High Quality Photography
  • Full Colour Detailed Floorplans
  • Online Marketing including Rightmove and Zoopla
  • Pre-Registered buyers
  • 'To Let' Boards (optional)

We also include advanced Travel Time Search options, plus additional information regarding schools, healthcare and transport links on our website. The information provided helps potential tenants know if your property is right for them much quicker.

Step 4

Furnishings and Appliances

If you are letting your property furnished, it is a good idea to install the furniture before viewings, to avoid any disputes on tenancy check-in.

All soft furnishings must adhere to fire safety regulations, and electrical or gas-fired equipment must be safe to use.

Gas boilers must be checked annually and we can help you to acquire a valid Gas Safety Certificate.

Step 5

Safety Compliancy

Rental properties must all be fitted with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and all electrical wiring must be safe and have been inspected within the last 5 years.

Step 6

Viewings

Once a potential tenant has expressed an interest and would like to view your property, we will arrange a mutually agreeable time to conduct a viewing, taking into consideration all parties including the current tenant(s).

Your presence is completely optional, and we are happy to conduct viewings on our own.

Step 7

Selection of tenant

When a prospective tenant decides they want to rent your property, we let you know that they’ve registered their interest. At this point, based on the information we provide you with, it is your decision as to whether or not you wish to proceed to the next stage and start the referencing process.

Step 8

Tenant Checks

Once you have agreed that you would be happy for the prospective tenant to move in, we start our comprehensive checks.

These checks are designed to help make sure both your property and rental income are as secure as possible.

Checks include:

  • Credit Referencing
  • Previous Landlord Checks (if applicable)
  • Current Employer and Employment Checks
  • Guarantor Checks (if applicable)

Step 9

Tenancy Agreements

Once all checks are complete and you are happy to proceed, we will supply both you and your tenant with legally compliant Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) agreements.

Step 10

Deposits

All tenant deposits are required by law to be registered with a government backed Tenant Deposit Protection Scheme. Details of which scheme is being used must be passed on to your tenant.

If you are using our management services, we can arrange all of this for you.

Step 11

Check-in inventory

If you are using our management services, we will check-in your tenant at the beginning of their tenancy and go through the inventory with them. Getting this right is one of the most important methods to prevent disputes over deposits at the end of a tenancy.

Step 12

Repairs and Maintenance

If you have chosen to manage your own property, you will be required to provide your tenant with emergency contact details.

Your tenant must be able to contact you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and you must carry our repairs and maintenance within a reasonable timescale. This requirement can be problematic for some landlords, and that's why many choose our fully managed services for complete peace of mind.

If you choose our fully managed services, we take care of everything from Repairs and Maintenance and Safety Certification to Tenant Disputes and much more besides. It's always worth discussing your requirements with our professional lettings team so you know exactly what is involved.

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