Guide to Preparing Properties for Letting
There are a number of matters which need to be addressed before a property can be let in order to ensure the tenancy runs smoothly. We have summarised this information below.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information or clarification regarding any of these points.
Preparing the Property for Letting
Our experience has shown that the key to a smooth-running tenancy is a good relationship between the managing agents and the tenants. A well presented and maintained property in a good decorative order is an excellent start to such a relationship and should also help to achieve a higher rental figure. Tenants are more inclined to treat such a property with greater respect.
Electrical, gas plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. Repairs and maintenance are at the landlord’s expense unless misuse can be established. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.
Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished. We are happy to advise you as to which of these is most appropriate, depending on the type of property and local market conditions. As a minimum you will need to provide decent quality carpets, curtains and light fittings. Remember that there will be a degree of natural wear and tear on the property and any items provided.
Personal items, ornaments etc
Personal possessions, ornaments, pictures, books etc. should be removed from the premises, especially those of real or sentimental value. Some items may be boxed, sealed and stored in the loft at the owner’s risk. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the tenant’s own use.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns mown. Tenants can be required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard, provided they agree and are left the necessary tools. Few tenants are experienced gardeners, however, and we will be happy to arrange visits by our regular gardener, especially if it is a particularly large garden.
At the commencement of the tenancy the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition. At the end of each tenancy it is the tenant’s responsibility to leave the property in a similar condition. Where they fail to do so, we will arrange for cleaning to be carried out at the tenant’s expense.
Information for the Tenant
We find it is always helpful if you can leave information for the tenant, such as how to operate the central heating and hot water system, any washing machine or alarm system. This allows them to use the relevant system efficiently and may well reduce maintenance costs. It is also useful if you can provide details such as the day refuse is collected.
You should provide us with one set of keys for each tenant. If we will be managing the property, we will arrange to have any duplicates cut as required.
Charles Carter Lettings
Independent – Specialist - Local