Whether you are an experienced investor or a first time landlord, letting your property can be an extremely rewarding investment. Equally, if you are an accidental landlord and require the flexibility of letting your home, we are able to provide you with a complete service from start to finish.
With over 180 pieces of legislation, choosing the right agent is paramount to a successful experience. The private rental sector is self regulated and we believe that an open, honest and transparent approach is key to achieving our client's goals, especially to build relationships between client, tenant and agent.
We pride ourselves on sourcing high calibre tenants, maximizing rental returns and reducing void periods. We achieve this through a proactive approach combined with a detailed referencing process.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Letting your home? Do you require a market appraisal? Please contact us for advice on firstname.lastname@example.org and for a no obligation rental valuation or fill in the valuation form.
We offer you a free, no obligation factual and accurate appraisal of the current rental value of your home. Our experienced property valuers will provide you with a valuation, based not only on their in-depth knowledge of the area, but also utilize our extensive database of recently let properties. We will be able to assess the demand and identify key applicants who will be interested in renting your property.
PREPARING TO LET
When people view your property, they will compare it to similar properties on the market. Therefore, the appearance and condition is vital and will affect the rental value and the speed at which it will let. First impressions really do count!
Clean the property throughout.
Clean, neutral carpets assist with appearance and curb appeal.
Modern kitchens and bathrooms are on most wish lists.
Decorations should be light, modern and neutral where possible.
INSTRUCTION OF THE AGENT/PROPERTY DETAILS
Having received your instruction, we will proceed to prepare full marketing details of your property. Bearing in mind the importance of presentation, we will ensure that your letting particulars highlight your property to its full potential. With the aid of full colour photographs, floor plans and full property descriptions, we can also set up a computerised 360 degree virtual tour to feature on our website.
VIEWINGS 8AM – 8PM
Once we have completed your marketing brochure, you will be in a position to accept viewing requests. Appointments to view your property are made by us and will always be accompanied by one of the team.
We offer a unique and flexible viewing window through our 8am – 8pm viewing times. Most tenants require flexibly to view potential properties before, after work and around other commitments. We are able to offer accompanied viewings 12 hours a day.
Your property will be ready to market and we offer an extensive range of marketing tools to increase exposure and promote your property including listing on the number one UK property search website Rightmove.
TO LET BOARD
This is the most simple and effective marketing tool, available 24 hours a day. The board increases visibility of your home, attracts interest and increases inquiry levels.
DIRECT EMAIL MARKETING
Where possible, all prospective tenants who register with us are asked to provide an email address in order to ensure they receive notifications of any new properties within 24 hours of receiving the instruction.
PROMOTIONAL MAIL SHOT
We will contact all active registered prospective tenants within 24 hours of receiving your instruction and details will be forwarded to any new registered tenants immediately.
ONLINE WEBSITE EXPOSURE
Our website is updated daily with full colour details of your home. Within 24 hours from instruction your property will be visible online.
Besides the exposure on our own site www.bondsestateagent.com we are also affiliated with the following global property portals and social media platforms which will further enhance marketing reach for your property.
Local property related magazines
Local marketing events
THE RIGHT TENANT!
The right tenant is the key ingredient for a successful and rewarding tenancy. With a firm referencing process we are able to establish a detail picture of any potential tenants and their suitability for your property. We pride ourselves on sourcing low risk tenants who respect the property as if it was their own.
We operate a proactive applicant management software which enables us to seek applicants through a number of different methods. This includes connections with large corporate companies alongside established relocation agencies. We also specialize in the professional rental sector, which results in retaining and attracting high calibre tenants.
MANAGING YOUR PROPERTY
Managing your property provides the complete service from start to finish. As part of the service, we conduct routine visits twice annually. This provide a perfect opportunity to communicate with the tenant regarding any potential issues, as well as ensuring their contractual obligations are continuing to be adhered to.
INVENTORY AND SCHEDULE OF CONDITION
At the start of the tenancy a full detailed inventory and schedule of condition is provided to ensure that any damages or dilapidation's are accounted for at the end of the tenancy. This document allows us to assess if any of the tenants deposit should be retained in order to pay or repair, replacement or compensate
A proactive renewal can be the difference between your tenant renewing for a further fixed term period or moving onto a different property. We understand the importance of retaining a reliable tenant and will always be keen to extend their stay upon your agreement. We offer a contractual periodic tenancy which allows you the peace of mind that your tenant will give two months notice, instead of the standard, one month. This allows us to market the property for a longer period of time, giving you (landlord) the opportunity to increase the rental figure, but more importantly reduce the likelihood of a void period.
We collect the rent from your tenant typical monthly basis via standing order. This payment is transferred to your chosen account minus any deduction if applicable. Following the payment you will receive a statement detailing all transactions undertaken in connection with your property. We also run a credit control service along side our accounts department should your tenant fall into arrears.
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS
We operate a 24 hour 7 days a week emergency contact number to all tenants in order to assist, support and offer guidance in case of an emergency. Having invested in the latest technology, we can offer a online reporting system for all tenants to inform us of any maintenance or repair issues. Once we receive notification of the maintenance or repair, we will confirm your instruction. We are open to use your preferred contractor, or instruct one of our fully qualified and certified engineers. In the event the tenant is responsible for the repair or damage, we will notify the tenant before instructing a contractor. All maintenance and repairs are checked and all quotes are priced competitively.
We are able to provide a maintenance guide and check-lists in order to aid the tenant when dealing and managing common issues within different types of rental properties. For example, the prevention of condensation.
CHECK OUT - ENDING THE TENANCY
Once we have received notice from your tenant, we will process the end of tenancy formal documentation. This includes a rigorous check-out process. The full detailed inventory and schedule of condition is checked to assess whether the tenant has maintained your property in a satisfactory condition. If the property is not up to standard, these areas will be costed and deducted from the tenants deposit - subject to statutory deposit regulations.
LANDLORD LEGAL OBLIGATIONS
Landlords have many legal responsibilities to adhere to. We offer a full management service which takes care of all landlord legal obligations on your behalf. Lets us do the hard work, so you don't have to!
Below are just a few of the many landlord responsibilities:
- ENSURE THE UPKEEP OF THE PROPERTY
As the owner of the property, you are required to ensure the property stays in sound condition and take care of any building works that are required. This includes, fixing any structural damage, roof repairs and maintaining any exterior paintwork.
- GAS SAFETY
Landlords are legally responsible for the gas safety of their properties. You must ensure gas equipment is safely installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You must also instruct a registered engineer do an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue (boiler or gas fire). The copy of the Gas Safety Record must be given to each of the ingoing tenants before they move in and for any subsequent renewals, within 28 days of certification. You should also keep records of the checks for a minimum of two years.
- CARBON MONOXIDE AND SMOKE ALARMS
Since 1 October 2015, when properties are occupied by tenants, landlords must ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of the property on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel is burnt (e.g. wood, coal or biomass). Checks must be made by the landlord (or letting agent) to make sure that each alarm is in proper working order on the first day of the tenancy. We recommend recording the alarm check in the inventory check-in report.
- RIGHT TO RENT
Under the Immigration Act you are required to ensure that your tenant has a right to rent in the UK. You (or Bonds) will need to see a copy of their original ID (and visa if they need one to be in the UK) within 28 days of granting a tenancy. There are also ongoing checks that you will need to complete, either annually or on the expiration of the visa, whichever is longer.
Landlords have a legal duty to ensure that their rental property, and any electrical equipment provided, is safe before a tenancy begins and throughout its duration. They must ensure the electrical system (sockets, switches and light fittings) is safe and all appliances they supply are safe (e.g. cookers and kettles). Landlords should provide tenants with a record of any electrical inspections. Landlords are also responsible for communal areas of a house, block of flats, or estate that residents use in common with other tenants such as landings and kitchens.
- HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMO)
HMOs are usually properties in which unrelated people share facilities such as the kitchen or bathroom. Large HMOs (of at least 3 floors and housing five or more people living as more than one household) need to be licensed. The landlord will need to contact their local council to apply. Licenses are generally valid for five years and landlords need a separate licence for each HMO they run.
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