Information for Landlords
Whether you are a first-time landlord or an experienced one, we can provide you with guidance every step of the way to renting out your property.
Our Lettings Services
As your local, independent, property experts, we are able to offer a comprehensive service that’s much more than just ‘finding tenants’.
We have excellent knowledge of local rents, the supply and demand and can also advise you on how to prepare your property for rent.
On meeting, we will discuss your specific requirements including the type of tenant you want, whether you would prefer private lets or corporate clients, and whether the property will be let furnished or unfurnished. We can also discuss whether smoking or pets will be allowed. We will deal with move-in to move-out and everything in between. We offer a flexible, hands-on service that can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual landlord to ensure a personalised service. Rents are payable by the tenant monthly and we will also prepare and send you monthly statements for your records. – call us on 01634 819988 for more of a personalised advice.
A brief letting guide:
Deposits and paperwork
We collect five weeks deposit from the tenant to safeguard against potential damage. This is held under the government-backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme. At the end of the tenancy we will inspect the property and the costs of any work liable by the tenant will be deducted from the deposit.
We will happily take on and manage all the administrative details including the paperwork for the deposit scheme, gas safety certificates and other compliance certificates, and dealing with tenancy renewals as required.
For landlords, based outside the UK, we have the experience to guide you through the lettings landscape and the process of obtaining non-resident landlord (NRL) approval from the tax authorities.
We will find a suitable tenant for your property and take up relevant references and credit checks, and serve the tenant all the other relevant documentation that’s required by law.
We can’t personally guarantee to always find the ‘perfect’ tenant but we will do our up-most to find one near to perfect as possible!
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to make sure that your tenant is reliable is to carry out tenant referencing checks also speaking to the prospective and getting a positive feedback after which a legally binding tenancy agreement will be drawn up. In general this will be for a period of no less than 6 months and no more than 12 months. Thereafter, renewable on a monthly basis. This gives you the flexibility to re-occupy the house after giving the tenant necessary notice to vacate. Similarly the tenant may terminate after the initial period by giving one months notice.
Fees and repairs
We are your independent property experts so allow County Lettings to take care of the details. We pride ourselves in providing an honest and competitive service. Landlords can choose from full management or let only fees. Please call for more details.
Landlords are generally responsible for all repairs to the property with the exception of window glass or other breakages caused by the tenants.
Small repairs can be carried out by our locally sources contractors, or those nominated by you, and the charges deducted from your account. We have a large database of reliable contractors that we use. We will always ask for instructions before commencing any large-scale repairs.
We provide information on rent and legal protection insurance which are important considerations when letting your home. Perhaps the most important way to protect yourself as a landlord is to make sure you have the right building insurance cover in place.
County Lettings recommends that all our landlords take out rental guarantee and legal expenses insurance. Taking the correct measures and preventative action can make letting your property simple and trouble-free. We can provide you with details of companies that specialise in flexible rent and legal protection cover exclusively for the rental market.
You will need building insurance, gas certificate, electrical certificate EPC (Energy Performance Certificate), smoke alarms one every floor.