The preparation you put into your property to make it ready for rental can make all the difference to the length of time the property is on the market. A well-presented property will rent more easily, and it is advisable to put it on the market in a good decorative state. All of the following steps can be dealt with by Rea Estates.
Check that any furniture staying in the property complies with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. Your property can be let furnished or unfurnished, but at a minimum you will need to provide decent quality carpets, curtains, white goods in your kitchen, and light fittings.
If necessary, we can arrange for the removal of any unwanted items.
To ensure that your property complies with all safety regulations, we recommend you book the following engineers before the start of the tenancy:
A Gas Safe-registered engineer to assess the safety of all gas appliances.
A qualified engineer to carry out a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) to assess the safety of all electrical appliances.
Ensure the property is presented in good order. If necessary, we can provide a professional cleaner.
Make sure that all fitted items, such as shelving and pictures, are safe and secure.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy, and rubbish-free. Tenants will be expected to maintain gardens to a reasonable standard.
If applicable, mow the lawn before the tenants move in and give any garden furniture a thorough clean.
Redirect your mail to a different address if you are the current registered occupant of the property.
Defrost and clean the fridge and freezer.
Make sure that user manuals (for equipment such as the cooker, washing machine, and dishwasher) are available for the tenants.
After a detailed inventory has been prepared and confirmed by the agent and tenant, make sure it is signed by both agent and tenant.
Your responsibilities during the tenancy are set out in the tenancy agreement.
If your property is managed by Rea Estates, any issues that arise will be dealt with by us offering you peace of mind throughout the tenancy.
If you are going to manage your property yourself, you must make yourself available to deal with any potential problems or queries from your tenant.
End of Tenancy
If you are going to manage the property yourself, the steps listed below must be taken at the end of the tenancy. If your property is being managed by Rea Estates, we will oversee these responsibilities on your behalf.
You should check that utilities services have been returned to your name for the start of any vacant period.
The tenant is responsible for notifying the relevant service providers that they are leaving.
If the tenant is vacating the property, they will be required to return all keys for your property to us.