Preparing The Property
A good relationship with Tenants is the key to a smooth-running tenancy. As Property Managers, this relationship is our job. It’s important that the Tenants feel comfortable in their accommodation, and that they get value for money.
A well-presented, maintained, and decorated property can help you achieve this, and can justify a higher rental price. Tenants are also more likely to treat your property with greater respect.
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 are happy to provide advice on whether or not to furnish, and to what extent.
At a minimum, you need to provide decent quality carpets, curtains and light fittings. Remember that there will be wear-and-tear on the property and any items provided.
Electricity, gas, plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe and in good working order. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.
Repairs and maintenance are at the Landlords expense unless misuse can be established.
Personal possessions including ornaments, pictures and books should be removed from the premises, especially items 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 Tenant’s use.
Before a tenancy begins, the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition. 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 is arranged at their expense.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns cut. We can arrange garden maintenance for you as required.
Information For The Tenant
It is helpful if you leave instructional information for the Tenant (example: how to operate the central heating, hot water system, washing machine and alarm, and what day the waste is collected).
You should provide one set of keys for each Tenant. Our office will arrange to have duplicates cut as required.
We hope that you find the above information useful. If there are any aspects of which you are unsure, please ask us. We look forward to being of assistance to you in the letting and management of your property.
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