First impressions count for everything when it comes to rental property, it's vital your property looks its best for potential tenants. Maintaining this condition for all your viewings will give you the best chance of letting your home and achieving the best possible price. So, what preparations should you make? This is the first view your potential tenants will have of your property, so you should focus on optimising its appearance.
Make sure the house number is clearly visible. Keep rubbish and rubbish bins out of sight.
De-clutter - create more space by moving some furniture into storage, tidy away or remove unnecessary objects, books and knick-knacks, clear out cupboards and wardrobes of non-
Make minor repairs - fix leaky taps and cracks in the walls, replace broken or crooked tiles, replace burned-out light bulbs - make sure everything works and is in safe working condition. Instruction manuals are important to any ingoing tenant.
Clean thoroughly, if needed - carpets, floors, windows, fixtures and fittings, etc.
Eradicate unpleasant odours, like pet smells and cigarette smoke
Decorate rooms if required - a lick of paint can re-energise the appearance of a room.
Make sure all aspects of your property are up to scratch and meet all of the required standards to give you the best chance of finding the right tenants and achieving the best price.
You need to make sure you are able to let your property. You may need consent from your mortgage company and the Freeholder/Head Lessor (in the case of leasehold property) before you are able to let.
Review your buildings, contents and public liability insurance and make sure your cover is valid. Standard home insurance may not provide the level of cover required for letting a property so you may need to upgrade or even change your policy.
If your property contains gas appliances you will require a gas safety certificate for those appliances. You will then need to have these appliances inspected every year. Easylet can arrange this on your behalf, if required
You should have five yearly electrical safety checks carried out by an electrician. Electrical Appliances – It is your responsibility to ensure that they are safe so make sure they are PAT tested.
Easylet require a smoke alarm fitted on each level of the property.
Electricity, Gas, Council Tax and Water Rates
Please take final meter readings and advise relevant authorities of your forwarding address for final accounts. Do not disconnect services. Tenants are responsible for charges from the tenancy commencement.
Telephone, TV and Internet Providers
Please arrange for disconnection of your services immediately prior to tenancy commencement. It is the tenant's responsibility to arrange re-connection in their own name.
It is essential to have your private mail officially redirected because a tenant cannot be held responsible for forwarding your correspondence. This process can take up to 2 weeks to arrange with the Post Office so advance planning is needed.
Tax and Accountant
It is advisable to check any tax implications with your Accountant, financial advisor or HMRC to ensure that you benefit from all the correct tax allowances available. Rent, after deducting allowable expenses, will be subject to UK tax whether you are resident in the UK or not. If you are to be an overseas landlord, Easylet require an Inland Revenue Landlord exemption certificate to pay you the rent without tax being deducted.
Please provide each adult named tenant with a front door key plus one complete property set for Easylet. All other keys should be clearly marked and left in the property. The landlord should retain one complete set of keys including garage/sheds/window keys at all times. Easylet keys are security coded.
Meter readings will be taken if possible, but not guaranteed. Prior to the inventory appointment, please provide a clearly marked sketch or map of your property boundaries, gardens included, fences and garages, if applicable. This information will be passed to the new tenant to avoid confusion. Also clear instruction and emergency contact information for security alarms. Boiler and appliance manuals can be downloaded off the internet and are very useful to ingoing tenants. This information should remain in the property for each ingoing tenant and will be recorded on the inventory. The price is dependent on property size and furnished or unfurnished (see terms and conditions). No alterations to the inventory can be made after the tenancy commencement. An inventory is a mandatory requirement otherwise you cannot claim on the deposit at the end of the tenancy for any damage/rent arrears.
Easylet complies with Tenancy Deposit legislation of 6/4/07. We are members of The Deposit Protection Service DPS. Easylet forward all deposits to the DPS and leaflets, certificates and full terms and conditions are given to tenants at the tenancy commencement
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Easylet complies with EPC legislation of 1/8/07. All tenancies arranged after this date must have a valid EPC. From 1/4/18 the minimum rating will be E.
Recommended Local Companies
Easylet regularly uses the following companies -
SJM Electrical Services http://www.sjmelectricalservices.co.uk/
Pavilion Glass https://www.pavilionglass.co.uk/
Wall Bros Carpets http://www.wallbrosforcarpets.co.uk/
Kevin The Locksmith http://kevinthelocksmith.co.uk/
Moores Appliances https://mooresappliances.co.uk/