Landlord Services

Property Management
This is the service that most landlords require and once set up is based upon our being paid a percentage of rents received. Further information is shown on the Fees page. The following services are included:

Advertising
We will advertise your property on the ‘On the Market’ and ‘Rightmove’ websites and at our offices. If required we will also arrange a “To Let” sign at the property or newspaper advertising (a small additional charge is payable for these services).

Rental Advice & Valuations
Advice and rental valuations can be provided, however this will be based on our experience and knowledge of the area, we do not provide formal valuations as part of the management service.

Re-letting
When your property becoming vacant we will take steps to re-let it with a view to minimising any vacant periods.

Viewings
These are always accompanied by a member of our staff.

Tenant Referencing
All tenants are referenced and credit checked. The prospective tenant pays an administration fee for this, details of which are shown on the Tenants page.

Security Deposit
Security deposits (Bonds) are taken from every tenant and sent to the Deposit Protection Service (DPS). We manage all the relevant paperwork for this and if there has been a problem with the tenancy make sure that all photographs and documentation are provided to make sure the Landlord gets back any money due.

Inventory
We will prepare an inventory and take photographs of the property at the beginning and end of the tenancy.

Rent Collection
This happens all the time as not all tenants pay on the date their rent is due!
We collect rents weekly or monthly, in the office, over the phone by PDQ, Standing Order, cash… And on some occasions we will collect rent from the tenant if they are unable or unwilling to come into the office.

Inspections
We carry out six monthly inspections on all properties; however we inspect more often if we think there may be a problem.

Rent Arrears
We hope that there will be none, but if the situation develops we will advise you and agree appropriate action with you.

Maintenance & Repairs
We use local contractors to do all of our general maintenance. They have worked for us for a number of years, have reasonable prices and are reliable.

Safety Regulations
These are many, varied and ever increasing and can be found under the heading ‘Advice for Landlords’.

Utilities
Normally this would be the Landlord’s responsibility; however we are happy to do this as we have all the relevant information on our Management System. Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas & Electricity notifications are therefore all dealt with by our staff. We are afraid you have to make the payments though…

Let & Collect
For Landlords who wish to arrange their own maintenance we offer a ‘let and collect’ service where we will undertake pretty much all of the services that we undertake with our full Property management service above save that we will refer the tenant to you if there are maintenance issues.

Letting Only Service
We can provide a letting only “tenant find” service for a fixed fee. Our fee is payable in two parts, part on registration of the landlord and/or property with us and the balance on a successful letting being achieved. The second part will be taken from any advance rent paid.

Landlords should be aware that they will still be required to protect the full Deposit/Bond paid by the tenant from their own funds.

We will also do more for you but you may have to pay!!

Purchase of Property for Letting
We can advise on the suitability and location of properties if you are thinking of buying to let. We will agree a fee with you in advance for this service.

Refurbishment
If you have recently purchased a property to let in need of improvement we can advise you on works needed by bring the property up to a lettable standard and how to furnish and decorate to make your property more attractive for the lettings market. Again we will agree a fee with you in advance for this service.

Refurbishment
If you have recently purchased a property to let in need of improvement we can advise you on works needed by bring the property up to a lettable standard and how to furnish and decorate to make your property more attractive for the lettings market. Again we will agree a fee with you in advance for this service.

Finally…
A few more useful links
http://www.rla.org.uk/join/join.shtml
http://www.landlordassociation.org
http://www.letlink.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=648:tenancy-agreements&catid=14&Itemid=33