The Lettings Process
We have done all the thinking for you and prepared this handy check list. There are several key steps involved in the letting process - and whether you’re a first time investor, or an landlord well versed in these matters, this quick reference may be of help
We have many years' experience in residential lettings and will be able to give you an accurate rental valuation of your property.
This figure will be based on many governing factors such as current demand; the property's location and overall condition; its proximity to transport links, shops, schools etc.; and what other comparable properties have recently let for in your local area. We can answer any questions you may have regarding our service or the letting process itself, including advice on whether to let your property furnished or unfurnished and on the permissions you may need to obtain in order to let your property.
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
With superb digital photography and industry-leading particulars we can now begin marketing your property. As the internet is now the first port of call for the majority of prospective tenants, in addition to featuring your property on www.thinkpropertyuk.com, we will upload it to the leading property portals such as rightmove.co.uk, findaproperty.com, primelocation to name just a few.
With local press advertising, welcoming premises and a friendly, informative approach to attract new applicants, our team of pro-active, energetic staff are busy matching applicants to properties from our extensive database
Once we have qualified and applicant we then book a viewing at your property.
We will point out the benefits of your particular property and should be able to answer any questions the tenants may have regarding its location, local amenities and transport links. All we ask is that the property be tidy and in good order so that we can show it at its very best.
4) The Right Tenant. The Three P’s
We understand that you want the right tenant for your property so even before we would consider proposing a tenant after a viewing we make sure that they were prompt, polite, and presentable three key indicators that we believe will make a perfect tenant for your property.
We will undertake thorough checks on suitable tenants: we employ an external, specialist agency to obtain references on your behalf. They will contact the tenant's employer and current/previous landlord (if applicable).
Each person over the age of 18 who will be living in the property will need to be referenced. Should the references prove to be unsatisfactory it will not be possible to proceed further with the let.
From the 1st October 2008 all properties for let require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) by law in England and Wales.
Landlords will only require an Energy Performance Certificate for properties being marketed for rent from 1st October. Properties which already have a tenant before 1st October will not require an EPC until the property is available for rent at a later date. The EPC is only required for properties that are self-contained, and is valid for 10 years.
7) Safety Checks :
- As a landlord you are responsible for the safety of your tenant and there are a number of checks and certificates that you will need to have in place before letting your property.
- Soft furnishings must comply with Fire Safety Regulations
- you must have a gas safety certificate for any gas appliances, undertaken by someone Corgi registered and undertaken annually
- you should ensure that all electrical goods are safe to use and are supplied with operating instructions.
If you are in any doubt about your responsibilities we are here to help and advise.
8 ) Preparing the property
We always recommend a thorough professional clean of a property prior to renting it out - it sets a standard to be met at the end of the tenancy.
We suggest cleaning all carpets, curtains and upholstery, kitchen appliances, cupboards inside and out. Walls should be in good order and outstanding repairs should have been carried out. If applicable, the garden should also be tidy.
Before a tenancy begins we recommend that an inventory be carried out - not just to catalogue the contents, but also to formally assess the condition of your property prior to letting.
The security deposit would prove useless for damages if no written evidence could be provided to support a claim.
10) Contracts, Deposit & Completion
With all relevant paperwork signed and the deposit plus the first month's rent, received in clear funds, we will then release the keys to the new tenant.
We will ask the tenant to sign a standing order to be forwarded to their bank for future rent collection. By law all deposits held are protected under the government's Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) providing peace of mind for landlord and tenant alike. If we manage the property we arrange this for you.
So if you have a house , flat, apartment or bungalow to rent in the following Essex areas.
Leigh on Sea, Westcliff on Sea, Chalkwell, Southend, Shoeburyness, Prittlewell, Eastwood, Rayleigh, Hockley, Hawkwell, Rayleigh, Rochford and Hadleigh please let us know. We will rent it for you so contact us now.