Receiving offers and preparing for your tenants
Our letting agents like to accompany the prospective tenants to view your property so we can point out the great potential it has and how it can suit them, however you do have the option of hosting the viewing yourself. As part of the service we offer, our letting agents can negotiate an agreeable offer between you and the prospective tenant and make sure we get the best possible price for you.
Once this is all agreed and your property is LET, what we will do:
- Credit referencing of the tenant
- Prepare inventory with photos
- Prepare Tenancy Agreement
- Prepare standing order
- Arrange a Gas Safety Certificate and EICR
- Ensure the property is ready for the tenant to move in.
- Getting the property ready for your tenants
- Gas and electric appliances
At the start of the tenancy you should provide a gas safety certificate and EICR. If you do not provide this you cannot evict a tenant using a Section 21 notice.
It is now mandatory to carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) before a tenancy begins and we also recommend you carry out regular Portable Appliance Tests (PAT) on all appliances at regular intervals.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Regulation is now in place which requires all landlords to have at least one smoke alarm on each storey.
These must be working and in addition to this, any rooms with a solid fuel appliance (wood stove) you should also install Carbon Monoxide alarms.
On the first day of the tenancy, you must check these alarms; after that, the responsibility to check regularly lies with the tenant until their tenancy is over.
Legally, you must have an Energy Performance Certificate registered to the propeerty. In April 2018, regulation came in that meant a legal property must have a rating of E or above.
You must provides tenants with your EPC as early as possible and tenants can ask permission to improve the energy performance of your property and you cannot refust consent. If the tenant is responsible for paying the energy bills, they can choose to have a smart meter installed.
As a landlord you have a duty of care to your tenants to make sure your water supply is working properly to protect them from Legionella.
There are three ways in which a property can be furnished when a tenant moves in:
- Unfurnished: This doesn't mean leaving the property empty. Usually curtains, carpets and certain white goods will be included such as a fridge and cooker.
- Part furnished: Part furnished will usually include curatins, carpets, specific white goods and larger items such as wardrobes, beds, dining table and chairs.
- Fully furnished: This means the property is ready for move in. The specifics of what will and will not be included is down to the landlord and tenant to negotiate.