prior to letting
You are responsible for maintenance and major repairs to the property, this includes repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water installations, basins, sinks, bath and any other sanitary installations.

You have a duty of care by law to insure your property posses no danger to your tenants. Check your property throughout to ensure there's no hidden danger. We can help and advise you if anything occurs.

If the property you let out does not satisfy these criteria and forms a health risk to the tenant they may be able to take legal action.

Prior to letting it is advised that the property is cleaned throughout and in good decorative order. This will maximise potential to let. We can give advice to the landlord of any work that we feel could help with letting the property.

When you let your property to a tenant, the tenancy is automatically an assured Shorthold tenancy (unless you agree otherwise)

1. This means you can seek to regain possession of your property after 6 months, unless you have an agreed fixed term.
2. You can charge a market rent.
3. Tenants causing a nuisance to local people can be evicted.
4. You can apply to a court to regain possession if your tenant owes you 2 months rent after appropriate notice.

All appliances to the property should be classed as safe. The gas needs to serviced with a certificate every 12 months. Its called a landlord safety certificate. Records are required to be kept for 2 years. These regulations apply to all pipe work, whether fixed or portable including Calor gas. A certificate should be issued to the landlord, tenant, letting agency and if letting Bedsits it should be on a notice board in a communal area. These checks should be carried out by a CORGI qualified engineer.

Landlords must ensure all electric appliances are classed as safe, which includes flexes and plugs, mains electric plugs, wires and circuit. We recommend you have all these checked by a qualified engineer before the property is let.

Smoke Alarms
At present there is no obligation for landlords to fit smoke alarms, but we would advise you do. It would be a wise precaution to specify the tenant is responsible for maintaining and regularly testing such detectors within the tenancy agreement. It is important that the tenant understands how to test any detectors fitted. Silence on this matter could mean the landlord or agent is responsible, and in the case of a fire could be liable for not covering their duties.

All tenants should be responsible to main the garden if any or for a large garden it may be worth considering a gardener.

Landlords should get permission from their mortgage lender if you want to let your property (if you do not have a buy to let mortgage)

*You must have buildings and contents insurance.




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