Landlords

Residential Property Management

Renting your property

As the landlord you decide what type of tenancy to offer, for example whether to accept tenants who claim Housing Benefit or have pets, as well as the rental price and the duration of the tenancy. If you’re not sure what terms to offer we will discuss the options and advise you

We work to find suitable tenants and you choose what level of service you want us to provide

  1. Introduction Only
  2. Management Contract

Whatever level of service you choose we:

  • Advertise properties locally and on the internet and keep a mailing list of prospective tenants
  • Take photographs of the property and display them along with the property details in our advertisements, on our website and in our office
  • Arrange and attend viewings and office appointments with prospective tenants
  • Find suitable candidates and, if you are happy with them, check their references
  • Prepare an  (AST) Agreement
  • Collect the first month’s rent and the bond
  • Deposit the bond with the Government’s
  • Arrange for an if necessary. Inspector’s fees may apply
  • Arrange for an inspection of any gas supply and appliances by a Engineer’s fees may apply.
  • At the end of the tenancy release the bond to the tenant minus any damages if appropriate

Introduction Only

First Letting Agents provides all the services listed above for a modest fee of £300 (inclusive), payable on the signing of the Tenancy Agreement.

We also prepare the necessary statutory notices which must be served before the start of the tenancy to ensure the tenant’s rights to remain at the property are limited and arrange for the tenancy to come into effect after payment of the initial rent and bond.

You make your own arrangements for collecting the rent and supervising the property.

What else can First Lettings do?

  • Instruct a Credit Reference Agency to undertake a fuller search
  • Take an inventory
  • Read the utility meters
  • Advise the local authorities and utility companies that the tenant is responsible for paying the relevant charges.
  • Prepare the forms on behalf of landlords if the tenant is claiming Housing Benefit

Our fees for these additional services are very reasonable and if you opt for a Management Contract most of them are included in the cost.

Management Contract

You get everything included in the Introduction service, plus, with your authority, we:

  • Use our own discretion on the suitability of a candidate
  • Sign papers on your behalf
  • Arrange for minor repairs to be carried out at our expense, subject to reimbursement from the forthcoming rent

If you choose our Management Contract we also:

  • Take an inventory
  • Read the utility meters
  • Advise the local authorities and utility companies that the tenant is responsible for paying the relevant charges.
  • Prepare Housing Benefit forms on your behalf if relevant
  • Collect the rent and deal with it as directed by you
  • Visit the property regularly and report any difficulties to you
  • Accept any complaints or comments from the tenant on your behalf

This service costs £175.00 (inclusive) for registration, due on the signing of the Tenancy Agreement, plus the Management Fee amounting to 10% of the monthly rent.

First Letting Agents has many years of experience in managing property and has access to a pool of skilled professional tradespeople. We deal with all repairs promptly and to a high standard. We know how to keep costs to a minimum while ensuring a proper job is done.

For enquiries or further information on any of the above please contact Tony Rees on 01554 778008 or click here to use our contact page to send us a message

FAQ

How does First Lettings find tenants?

  • We advertise properties locally and on the internet and keep a mailing list of prospective tenants
  • We take photographs of the property and display them along with the property details in our advertisements, on our website and in our office
  • We arrange viewings and office appointments with prospective tenants
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This is a form of tenancy where a tenant is assured of remaining at the property for at least six months. The landlord can give 2 months’ notice at any time after 4 months from the start of the tenancy.After the first six months have passed, the tenancy continues from month to month, usually subject to 2 months’ notice from the landlord or 1 month’s notice from the tenant.The tenancy comes to an end when the notice has expired.
All landlords and letting agents taking deposits for assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales are required to safeguard them with a government-authorised tenancy deposit protection scheme.As part of the Housing Act 2004 the Government introduced tenancy deposit protection for all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales where a deposit is taken. From April 6th 2007, all deposits paid under an AST should have been protected within 14 calendar days of receipt by the landlord. From 6th April 2012, deposits for all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales must now be protected within 30 calendar days of receipt by the landlord, this change is as a result of the Localism Bill 2011.The legislation aims to ensure that tenants who have paid a deposit to a landlord or letting agent and are entitled to receive all or part of it back at the end of that tenancy, actually get it.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is rented. You must order an EPC for potential tenants before you market you market your property for rent.An EPC contains Information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and it is valid for 10 years.
Landlords:Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants in relation to gas safety. By law they must:
  • Repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in safe condition
  • Ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue, the safety check must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
  • Keep a record of each safety check
  • Keep tenants informed about their responsibilities while they are staying in the property
  • Tenants:
  • You must report any problems with the gas supply immediately and make sure you know what to do in a gas emergency. Knowing the signs of danger and carbon monoxide poisoning could save your life
  • Find out how to turn off the gas supply if there is a gas leak. If you smell gas, call the 24 hour emergency gas service: at present this is 0800 111 999.