Preparing to Let
The private rental market is extremely competitive and we will be pleased to advise you on how best to present your property so that it attracts careful, professional tenants.
FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED?The most important thing to clarify is that your legal position as a landlord is the same whichever option you choose, and that there is a demand for both. Landlords are legally obliged to maintain whatever is provided in a let property, and safety is, of course, of paramount importance. Padded soft furnishings manufactured or re-upholstered between 1950 and 1990 must comply with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. An unfurnished property should still include carpets, curtains and usually white goods in the kitchen.
We recommend that you have your heating / hot water system serviced by a qualified engineer before letting your property and annually thereafter to keep the appliances in optimum condition. All gas installations and appliances must be certified by a GasSafe engineer and a Landords Safety Certificate issued. We are required to hold a copy of the certificate before any tenancy can commence and keep up to date records for the duration of the tenancy.
If you are intending to provide any electrical items as part of a let, you will be responsible for the maintenance and annual safety testing of them.
ELECTRICITY AND APPLIANCES
A set of keys, including security keys / fobs, must be provided for each tenant, as well as a set for us to hold as managing agent for all managed and rent collection properties. Please also ensure that we have any alarm code or entry codes that may be required for your property.
Not all tenants are keen gardeners, and you may wish to consider making your garden as low-maintenance as possible before letting, and presented in a tidy condition before the first tenancy. During a tenancy tenants are responsible for keeping gardens tidy, while landlords retain responsibility for larger shrubs and trees. It will encourage tenants if a basic supply of appropriate tools and a lawn mower are provided. In certain cases, it may be worthwhile factoring in a degree of gardening maintenance within the rent and employing a professional to tend to the garden.
This is a subjective issue at the best of times, which is why Morgan Associates employ an independent inventory company that maintains an objective view of the standard of cleanliness that must be achieved at the start of a tenancy and at the end. If you are letting your property for the first time, please ask for a quotation to have it cleaned to the required standard.
Landlords are responsible for utility accounts, including council tax, while the property is vacant. Please notify your providers of your leaving date when you first let your property, together with meter readings. It is extremely important that tenants know where meters are located and have any keys required to access them. If your property is a flat, please mark the meters with your flat number. You should close your telephone account when you leave the property, and cancel your TV licence.
Your mortgage lender (if any) must give written permission for the property to be let and we will ask for a copy of this
permission before the start of the tenancy. If your property is leasehold it may also be necessary to obtain permission from
your freeholder prior to letting.
Should your property be in need of some improvement / updating prior to letting, we would be happy to advise you on
MAINTENANCE & REFURBISHMENT
any works required to bring your property to the required standard.