Based upon continual feedback from tenants we have let properties to in the past, a common statement occurs when it comes to letting a property “it just feels right”. The first few minutes are often all prospective tenants need to decide.
This means that making your property look its best could make all the difference when it comes to limiting those void periods.
We advertise your property on the main property portals, our website, print and other social media platforms, making sure your property receives maximum exposure and is seen by as many potential tenants as possible.
Before any prospective tenants are shown around the property, we ensure that the viewing times are at a time convenient for you, and if tenanted, convenient for the current tenant.
The most important step in the process of letting property is the paperwork.
When the right tenants have been found and you have accepted their application, we go through our vetting process to ensure that the tenants’ credentials are factually correct.
We undertake credit checks using an external agency and follow up references and talk you through any potential problems.
Subject to satisfactory credit checks and references, we then draw up a tenancy agreement that lays out the exact terms of your contract with your tenant, including any special requirements you have. We send you and your tenant copies to review and sign, before the tenancy starts. We will forward a copy of the signed agreement to both you and the tenant.
Finally, the inventory records the contents and condition of your flat or house at the point when your tenants move in. Because it’s so important that this is impartial, we recommend an external specialist Inventory Company. They will give you and your tenant a copy of the inventory, and will do another inspection at the end of the tenancy to check that nothing is missing or damaged.
Before the tenancy starts, we collect the deposit and the first rent payment on your behalf. As soon as this money clears, your tenants can move in on the agreed move date.
From 6th April 2007 it became compulsory under the Housing Act 2004 for all residential Assured Shorthold Tenancies created on or after this date to protect a tenants deposit. We are a member of a TDS and ensure that any deposit held on your behalf is registered and protected.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is:
An EPC for potential tenants must be undertaken before your property to can be rented. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.