Regardless of whether you are letting your own home short term, or have a portfolio of properties it can be quite a daunting business letting a property. Here at Duncan Perry Estate Agents we like to think that we can make the process as easy as possible for you. We have listed below a selection of the questions we get asked the most but please call or email us if you have your own question(s) that you would like answered.
Yes. You will need to inform your mortgage lender and freeholder (if you are a leaseholder or management company) and obtain their consent. They may impose special conditions which you will need to inform us of. Keep any written consents safe along with any other documents relating to the property. You will also need to inform your insurance company and the Inland Revenue.
We carry out a number of checks on all our applicants including identity and residency checks. We also obtain a credit reference and references from current employer and the existing landlord if applicable. For non-UK applicants we have access to international referencing facilities, which cover many countries.
Ensure the property is clean and recently decorated in light neutral tones. Carpets/flooring and curtains or blinds of a decent standard should always be provided. Think about whether you would want to live there or not.
An Inventory is the landlords record of the condition of the property and contents at the outset of the tenancy. A correct inventory makes it far easier to justify any deductions for damage from the tenants deposit at the end of the tenancy.
This can vary considerably between properties even in the same area as you need to take into account the size, decor and furnishings if the property is to be let furnished. Our staff will assess the type of tenant most suitable for your property and the potential rental value. We will then agree with you the terms on which the property will be marketed, including any restrictions.
Fire Regulations require that furnishings should be fire resistant and gas and electrical regulations must be complied with. These are sensible rules however which should not cause too many problems for the landlord.
Where a property is to be rented to sharers or students, the Landlord is required to ensure that it meets the HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) requirements of the relevant local authority.
It is the responsibility of the Landlord to meet any tax obligations by advising HM Revenue & Customs of the income received on the rental property. Where a Landlord lives outside the UK, the Landlord would need to apply to HM Revenue & Customs for the rental income to be paid without tax deduction.
Yes. All properties with a new tenancy since 1st October 2008 in England and Wales must have an EPC. If you take advantage of our Property Management service we will arrange this for you.
We collect a deposit from the tenant before the tenancy agreement is signed. This is registered with a recognised tenancy deposit scheme.
The tenant is responsible for council tax during the tenancy period; however when the property is vacant the landlord is responsible for paying the council tax.
The minimum lease period is normally for 6 months under an assured shorthold tenancy agreement at which point there is the option to extend. This type of lease gives you, the landlord the best type of protection. Should you need your property back for any reason, the earliest occupancy could be returned would be the end of the lease term.
A member of our staff with accompany all viewings during our opening hours. There may be some instances where you may choose to be present, but generally there will be no need. Prospective tenants usually feel more relaxed if we conduct the viewings on our own.