Posted by Admin - 04/11/2015
Property for Rental
Once you have the Consent to let it is a good idea to get your property up to a condition that will attract prospective tenants and achieve maximum rent.
Finish off any outstanding works.
Tenants usually need to move very quickly and therefore showing them a property with incomplete works and telling them “It will be finished before you move in” will not encourage them to let the property from you.
De-personalise and de-clutter rooms.
Children’s wall paper in the bedrooms will put off anyone who doesn’t have children so paint over it in a neutral colour. Pack away your own clutter to allow tenants to visualise their own furniture/ belongings in the property.
The property should be in a clean condition when viewings take place. Whilst the property is empty, take the opportunity to give the property a spring clean. If possible employ a professional cleaner to prepare the property for the new tenant. If professional cleaners are used, you can write into the agreement that at the end of the tenancy the tenant must also have the house professionally cleaned; otherwise a general standard of cleanliness is required of the tenant when they vacate.
Unless you have had curtains, carpets and soft furnishings professionally cleaned at the start of the tenancy, it would not be reasonable to expect tenants to have them cleaned at the end. There are occasions when this rule will not apply e.g. where pets or smokers are allowed and this will be written into the agreement, or where there has been excessive staining, but as a general rule the landlord would be responsible for periodically cleaning of these items between tenancies.
Wear and Tear.
However long you rent your property out for there will inevitably be wear and tear which you will inherit. If you are happy to let your house to a family with 3 young children, the reasonable wear and tear after a 12 month let would be greater than if a single person had rented the house. In general family life, one would reasonably expect decor to take a battering, particularly in hard wear areas e.g. Stairs and hallways, and therefore at the end of the tenancy the total cost of redecoration of these areas would not necessarily fall to the tenant.
Furnished or Unfurnished.
If you are renting your property fully furnished ensure that everything is of a good standard and complies with current safety regulations. Remove anything that may have a sentimental or high monetary value. Even with the best of tenants, accidents happen and if a cherished possession is damaged or lost you may not be able to claim the full cost of replacing it as other factors need to be taken into consideration: namely, allowances for the age of the item, the condition at the start of the tenancy, depreciation and fair wear and tear.
As a landlord you are responsible for maintaining the fabric of the building, you will bear the cost of any plumbing, electrical or structural repairs and you or your managing agent will be required to respond quickly when dealing with breakdowns.
You will be responsible for any appliances that you choose to leave in the property so if any appliance is temperamental due to age it is probably best to remove it completely rather than face a hefty repair bill or worse having to buy a new one when it breaks down.