Over the years we have been doing this, we have found many of the same questions being asked and so we have listed some of the most common ones together with an answer below. Please remember we are here to answer your questions and if you do not see the answer to your question or you would like a more detailed answer, then please feel free to call us.
Before we visit your property, we will carry out some research. We will already know of similar properties to yours that we have previously Let and in addition to this, we will ensure a broad knowledge of properties that are currently being offered in and around your area.
It is important that the agent gives a realistic and honest opinion and to establish what sort of tenant is looking for property like yours and just how many there are on the market. This will have a big effect on the rental price and ensure that it is rented at the best rent in the shortest amount of time. This said, we would usually be happy to try marketing at your own figure initially with a view to reducing the price if the property remains vacant.
There is no set period for a tenancy, although generally we find the most common period is 12 months. Our tenancy agreements are carefully constructed to ensure that there is a break clause in there for landlords to ensure maximum flexibility for our clients.
The most important thing to know when letting your property is that your agent ensures you have the best quality tenant that is available at the time. The average time to find a tenant is between 1 – 3 weeks but finding the right tenant is the most important thing. A bad tenant can cost thousands of pounds in lost rent and legal fees and so whilst we appreciate that you will want your property occupied as soon as possible, we will always do our utmost to ensure we only put in the right tenant.
No it will not affect your rights. It makes no difference under the Housing Act if property is let furnished or unfurnished to your rights to regain possession of the property.
Unfortunately it is not possible to give you a 100% guarantee that tenants will never cause damage or fail to pay the rent. We can suggest a number of ways to minimise the possibility such as credit referencing, legal & rental warranty insurance and taking a damage deposit at the start of the tenancy. Ultimately if the worst happens, you will be entitled to seek vacant possession of the property and to make deductions for any damage or costs from the tenant’s deposit subject to having had a carefully prepared inventory taken and signed at the start of the tenancy.
The Housing Act 1988 (amended 1996 & 2004) resolved most of the problems regarding regaining possession at the end of a tenancy. This being said, it is vital that you use a well drafted tenancy agreement that ensures all the necessary legal notices are incorporated.
This will depend on the type of property you have. You should certainly seek permission from your lender if you have a mortgage and in addition to this if your property is leasehold then you should also seek permission from them. It is also important that you check with your insurers that your current cover is suitable for rental properties.