What are your landlord obligations?
Becoming a landlord isn't as simple as owning a property and finding tenants. There are several legal obligations you must comply with. As a landlord, you are responsible for:
- Repairs to the property, including structural, heating and hot water systems and sanitaryware such as basins, sinks, baths and toilets
- Ensuring all gas and electrical appliances are safe
- Ensuring furnishings provided under the tenancy agreement are fire safe
- Ensuring the property is fit for habitation
- Carrying out repairs to heating systems and ensuring they're in good working order
- The maintenance of common areas if the property is multi-occupancy
Depending on which landlord services package you choose, we can help you meet your obligations as a landlord.
If you're unsure of your legal obligations as a landlord or need help ensuring your property is up to standard and fit for habitation, you can contact your nearest branch and a member of our helpful lettings team will be able to assist you.
Should you self-manage or use a letting agent?
It can be tricky to decide whether to self-manage or use the landlord property services of an experienced agent.
If you choose to self-manage, you'll be responsible for everything from finding the right tenants to creating a tenancy agreement that meets the required legal standards. Your landlord responsibilities don't end there, though. Throughout the tenancy, you'll need to deal with any issues pertaining to the property and any rental payment problems that arise too.
While choosing to self-manage your properties will save on agency fees, it often creates additional work for you and in some cases can cost more in the long run. However, if you use a letting agency's landlord services, you can choose your level of involvement.
Landlord services help take the stress away from letting property. The package you choose will dictate how much work you have to do. When you choose a letting agent to help manage the property, they'll take on key aspects like advertising, carrying out tenant checks, creating a tenancy agreement, and, if you choose, they can be involved in larger tasks such as rent collection, property management visits, handling repairs and much more.
Why choose a let only service?
A let only landlord support service like Tenant Find is ideal if you want to be more hands-on or you have a decent level of experience. If you only have one or two properties to manage, this could be the right option for you.
When you choose our Tenant Find package, we'll help with the initial stages of letting a property, including launching and advertising, carrying out accompanied viewings, arranging the tenancy set up and, where applicable, carrying out a landlord inventory service.
However, if this is your first time letting a property or you have a large portfolio, our other landlord service packages may be more suitable.
Why choose a rent collection service?
For landlords who are looking to take a step back from full-time property management or are new to the business, our Rent Collect landlord support service provides an ideal balance.
Allowing us to take on most of the admin duties that arise but still giving you the autonomy to manage any repairs, carry out property visits and check out tenants at the end of the agreement, it's a great alternative if you're looking at reducing your overheads.
Why choose a fully managed service?
If you don't have the time to take care of a property or would rather avoid the potential stress of dealing with tenants, our Fully Managed landlord service package is designed for you. It's ideal if you're a new landlord and have a full-time job away from your property rental or if you have a large portfolio and need a reliable letting agency to take on the day-to-day and long-term running of your rentals.
Providing comprehensive support, our Fully Managed property maintenance service for landlords allows you to enjoy the benefits of being a landlord without the stress. We'll take care of everything from finding tenants to handling maintenance issues and carrying out final checks when a tenant leaves.
Why choose Hunters' landlord services?
When you choose Hunters' landlord property services, you know you're in good hands. We have offices throughout the UK, so we'll be on hand to help with any issues that arise.
We know how time-consuming being a landlord can be and understand that everyone's circumstances are different. It's why we offer three different levels of landlord services.
If you'd like more information on being a landlord and want to know how Hunters can help you, visit our lettings homepage.
Ready to see how we can help? If you would like to know more, find your local branch.