Once you’ve decided to rent out your property
- Apply for mortgage lender’s consent.
- If your property is Leasehold, you will have to apply for consent to let (for flats and apartments in particular).
- Notify your insurance companies of your intention to let.
- Obtain safety certificates for gas, electrical, oil and solid fuel, appliances and heating systems.
- Decide what furniture and fittings you are leaving; we don’t advise leaving bedding, televisions, DVD players and anything of personal value.
- Ensure all furnishings to be left comply with fire regulations.
- Carry out all necessary repairs and ensure anything potentially dangerous is removed.
- Ensure the property is cleaned to the standard you would expect if you were moving in. If a property looks like it is well maintained and clean the tenant is more likely to look after it during the tenancy.
- If you are an overseas landlord, apply for tax exemption certificates. Contact your Reeds Rains lettings centre for details.
Once an application has been received
- Remove all personal items and non-compliant furniture.
- Ensure the property is clean and the garden is tidy.
- Arrange redirection of your mail via the post office.
- It is your responsibility to inform all the utilities companies, including the telephone line supplier, of change of occupancy. It will help if you have recorded the last set of meter readings.
- Provide us with at least three sets of access keys, more subject to the number of tenants.
- Ensure that the central heating pilot light is lit.
Landlords who live abroad
- Our Full Management Service is available so we ensure it is hassle-free for you.
- Overseas landlords are regarded as non-UK residents for tax purposes and need to apply to the Inland Revenue for non-Resident Landlord status. Our lettings consultants can advise you about being a non-Resident Landlord.
NB Instruction manuals or leaflets, in English, must be left at your property for all applicances, the central heating boiler and systems before the Schedule of Condition and Inventory can be undertaken. By law, copies of these must be given to each Tenant at the commencement of the Tenancy. Alternatively, clear hand written or typed instructions will be required.