Preparing your Property to Rent
Increasing the desirability of your property by presenting it in the best possible way will maximise your rental figure by reducing marketing time and minimising void periods.
It is important that the property looks inviting to prospective tenants. The rooms should be free from clutter with only the fixtures and fittings that are to be left for use by the incoming tenant on display. We recommend a choice of neutral colours for the decor. The property can be let either furnished or unfurnished. In either case, it should have curtains and carpets where applicable and a fridge and plumbing for a washing machine.
Where a property is to be let furnished, it should have the appropriate number of beds, wardrobes and chests of drawers. The kitchen must have white goods and the extent of these is a major factor in tenants paying the highest rental values. Many tenants look for microwave ovens and tumble dryers in addition to the standard equipment.
Crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils are essential. Finding a suitable tenant quickly is the best way to maximise rental income…
Advertising and Promotion
Despite the increasing use of the internet traditional media still serves as an impor- tant source of prospective tenants. We use traditional advertising in a range of publi- cations: Local Newspapers, Directories and Magazines – backed up with local networking and work in our local community. We have excellent relations with the local press, often resulting in useful exposure within the prop- ertysupplements.
Prominent Office Location
Eye catching window displays and an invit- ing office environment for buyers to discuss their property needs creates a selling atmos- phere. Our centrally located offices provide the perfect backdrop to promote your prop- erty. We are fortunate to be located on a busy high street with good footfall alongside interesting shops.
Inadditiontoourownwebsite,allproperties also feature on the most popular property portals so your property can be viewed 24 hoursaday,sevendaysaweek.
All lettings are agreed on a ‘Subject to satis- factory references’ basis. Prospective tenants are required to complete an on-line applica-
Tenancy Deposit Scheme
It is a mandatory requirement to pro- tect a tenant’s deposittion with our referencing partners. Based on Tenancy Deposit Scheme within a Government the result of their enquiries they then confirm to us if the prospective tenant(s) are consid- ered suitable. They will check the applicants credit history for any adverse records (CCJ’s etc) and undertake an affordability check for the proposed rental amount. References will also be obtained where applicable from current / previous employers and landlords.
Once a suitable tenant has been secured, we will arrange for an independent inventory company to attend and prepare a detailed check in form / statement of condition for inclusion within the Tenancy Agreement. This is the form that will be used to cross refer- ence against when checking out the tenants at the end of the Tenancy. It will also include gas, electric and water meter readings, where applicable.
All viewing appointments are accompanied by an experienced member of the lettings team. Once a tenant agrees to rent a prop- erty, a holding deposit is paid to secure the property.
Once we have finalised all the details of the tenancy, we will arrange for all parties to sign the agreement and collect one months ad- vance rent together with a security deposit, equivalent to six weeks rent prior to releas- ing the keys. The deposit will be collected in advance of any occupation and returned, subject to any agreed deductions, after the tenancy has expired.
Tenancy Deposit Scheme
It is a mandatory requirement to pro- tect a tenant’s deposit within a Government approved scheme. We are a member of The Dispute Service and all our deposits are safe- guarded by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, which is administered by:
The Dispute Service Ltd,
PO Box 1255, Hemel Hempsted HP1 9GN
T 0845 226 7837
E firstname.lastname@example.org www.thedisputeservice.co.uk
A Bespoke Service
As a landlord, you can choose between a Full Management or a Letting / Tenant Find Only service, should you wish to manage the property yourself, once we have se- cured suitable tenants. We aim to maintain a flexible attitude and are able to adapt our service to meet our Landlords individual circumstances and needs.
Our full Terms and Conditions are available on request. All our staff are experienced in providing a quality service and are always available to answer any queries that you may have.