Tips & Advice

Take a look at our tips & advice section below


Conducting Tenant Viewings

When showing the tenant around, it is important to show them through the whole house, including the garden, repeat any information that you included in your property description.

Also remember that, whilst at your property, the viewer’s health and safety is your responsibility. Make sure that any hazards are either removed or pointed out example loose carpets, sharp objects or uneven paving.

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Special Requirements

Set out your requirements i.e. ground rules. It is important to lay them down from the outset for example, cleaning the windows inside and outside, cleaning all the outside UPVC, payment of rent on the date stated.

You should make sure these things are written in the tenancy and pointed out to the tenants from the outset.

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Contact Details

Once you have chosen your tenant it is important that you refer your tenant to us, should they wish to have any queries or wish to make an offer to let. This enables us to deal with any queries on your behalf. We do not recommend that you give any personal information out to tenants.

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Tenant Referencing Guide

Referencing is the best way to protect yourself against bad tenants, a good reference should include an employer, previous landlord, details of income (3 months bank statements should be provided) a utility bill or an up to date passport, or driving license.

You could ask for a guarantor. A guarantor is a person who you, as the landlord, can ask for the rent if the tenant fails to pay.

Make sure you reference check them and ask for the same information.

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How to Value your Rental Property

The quick way is to visit the major property portals (Rightmove and Zoopla) or your local property papers and search for properties similar to your own. If you are unsure what your properties rental value may be, please contact us on 02476 397 871 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

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Photographing your Rental Property

The photos used in your property advert are one of the most important selling point. A poorly taken photo will instantly put off potential tenants. So, we recommend you take you time and put a little effort into photographing your rental property. You don’t need to be a professional photographer of have a fancy camera..you just need to follow these simple steps:

  • Any modern digital camera is fine. A smart phone such as an iPhone is more than suitable
  • Make sure the rooms are tidy
  • Light is good. It’s best to take photos during the day – ideally when the sun is shinning. Keep curtains/blinds open
  • Stand back. To make the rooms look as big as possible it best to get as far into a corner as possible or stand in the doorway of a joining room
  • Variety. You may love your kitchen, but don’t be tempted to only photograph one room. Mix it up! We recommend one photo of each room. Also add a photo of the front and back gardens if applicable
  • Keep still. Blurry photos wont do and are often caused by small movements when taking indoor photos by hand held cameras. If possible, use a tripod or place the camera on a stable surface (table, book shelf)

Set the scene

Always make sure that your property is clean and tidy. This includes the inside and gardens. Put away the clutter, cut the lawns and open the curtains. You do not need to make your property look like a show home, but you do want the present it as well as possible.

Pick your day

Ideally a bright sunny day is best when taking photos of your property. The interior will look brighter and more spacious. The gardens, driveway and frontage will often look far more appealing.

Pick your shots

Don’t only photography your front room. You may love your 42 inch flat screen TV, but future tenants couldn’t care less. Pick your properties best features and photography a variety of rooms and spaces. The general rules are to include at least; 1 x frontage, 1 x kitchen, 1 x bathroom and 1 x master bedroom.

Never stand in the middle of a room and take a photograph. Always get into a corner or into the doorway. This way you will show more of the room and making it look more spacious.

Creative photography

Try creative angles – off center, high and low. These creative shots can make all the difference when trying to grab attention.

If you have an attractive garden you may want to try a night shot (but remember to set some mood lighting!).

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Letting Agent Abbreviations

APR – Annual Percentage Rate
C/tax – Council tax
GCH – Gas Central Heating
GFCH – Gas Fired Central Heating
IFA – Independent Financial Advisor
Inc. – Inclusive
ISA – Individual Savings Account
LTV – Loan To Value
MAP – Mortgage Agreement in Principle
MIG – Mortgage Indemnity Guarantee
MIP – Mortgage Indemnity Premium
N/S – Non Smoker
NEG – Negotiable
NHBC – National House Building Council Scheme
OCH – Oil Central Heating
OIEO – Offers In Excess Of
OIRO – Offers In the Region Of
PCM – Per Calendar Month
POA – Price On Application
Prof – Professional
PW – Per Week
SDLT – Stamp Duty Land Tax
Sep – Separate
SSTC – Sold Subject To Contract
SSTCM – Sold Subject To Concluded Missives
STC – Subject To Contract
Stpp – Subject to planning permission
SVR – Standard Variable Rate Mortgage
VGC – Very Good Condition
WC – Toilet
WTR – Water

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