Preparing Your Rental Property
Landlords before you let your property, please read the information below, to ensure that your property is ready for your incoming tenants, to ensure a smooth transition.
Preparing the Property – We have found that a good relationship with tenants is the key to a smooth-running tenancy. As Property Managers this relationship is our job. It is important that the tenants should feel comfortable in their temporary home, and that they are receiving value for their money. It follows therefore that a well maintained property in a good decorative order will go towards this, whilst also achieving a higher rental figure. Tenants are also more inclined to treat such a property with greater respect.
General Condition – 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 landlords expense unless misuse can be established. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.
Furnishings – Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished. Which of these is appropriate will depend on the type of property and local market conditions. We will be pleased to give you advice on whether to furnish or not and to what level. As a minimum you will need to provide decent quality carpets, curtains, light fittings and a cooker. Remember that there will be wear and tear on the property and any items provided. If letting furnished, you will find a list of recommended items to follow.
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 tenants’ own use.
Gardens – Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns cut. Tenants are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard, provided they are left the necessary tools. However, few tenants are experienced gardeners, and if you value your garden, or if it is particularly large, you may wish us to arrange visits by our regular gardener.
Cleaning – At the commencement of the tenancy the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition, and at the end of each tenancy it is the tenants’ responsibility to leave the property in a similar condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning will be arranged at their expense.