|PREPARING THE PROPERTY
If you wish to market a currently tenanted property you should come to an arrangement with the tenants for the presentation of the property and access for viewings. Empty properties should be clean and well presented for marketing and viewings. It is important to establish exactly what will remain in the property for the rental.
A well presented and maintained property in good decorative order will appeal to tenants and assure them of the service they will receive during their tenancy. It will also help you achieve the best possible rent in the quickest possible timeframe.
Electrical, gas plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. Repairs and maintenance are at the Landlords expense unless misuse can be established. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.
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, and the type of tenant you are appealing to. We will be pleased to give you advice on whether to furnish or not and to what level. As a minimum you will 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.
Personal items, ornaments etc.
Personal possessions, ornaments, pictures, books etc. should be removed from the premises, especially those of real or sentimental value. Some items may be boxed, sealed and stored in the loft at the landlord’s risk. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the Tenant's own use.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns cut. Tenants are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard, provided they are left the necessary tools. However, few Tenants are experienced gardeners, and if you value your garden, or if it is particularly large, you may wish us to arrange visits by our regular gardener.
At the commencement of the tenancy the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition, and 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, you should arrange for professional cleaning at their expense.
Information for the Tenant
It is helpful if you leave information for the Tenant, in particular the operation manuals for the central heating and hot water system, washing machine and alarm system, and the day refuse is collected etc. If you have contractors/ service guarantees you should also leave a contact list if you require them to make contact directly.
You should provide one set of keys for each Tenant. These should be noted and signed for on the move in Inventory, and accounted for at the end of tenancy.