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Preparing to let

Consents and notifications

You will need to start by notifying your mortgage provider (if you have an existing mortgage), and your Leaseholder (if appropriate) to obtain consent to let. Insurance providers also need to be notified to change the level of cover provided.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

Make sure you have an EPC for a property before you rent. From 1st April 2018, a property must have a minimum rating of E on its EPC or it will be unlawful to rent. Any property which breaches this requirement could be given a penalty of up to £4,000.

Safety certification

Obtain safety certificates for gas, electrical, oil and solid fuel, appliances and heating systems.

Maintenance checks

Carry out all necessary repairs and ensure anything potentially dangerous is removed.

Furnishing

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.

Clean & Tidy

Ensure the property is cleaned to the standard you would expect if you were moving in. Get the garden neat and tidy. If a property looks like it is well maintained the tenant is more likely to look after it during the tenancy.