or Renting Residential Property
First impressions are important
therefore we would recommend:
- A secure front door in good condition (newly
painted or double glazed)
- Clean living accommodation
- Clean curtains (fully drawn open –
Neutral & lined or neutral blinds)
- Clean carpets (Plain neutral colour or wooden
- Light and Airy atmosphere (Good quality lighting)
- Quality furniture (So that the room does
not look cluttered)
- A well equipped kitchen preferably with:
washer-dryer, fridge-freezer microwave and dishwasher
- Dressed beds with clean neutral linen
- Plenty of Storage
- Good shower facilities (Power shower is preferred)
- Good Security locks
- Tidy Front and Rear Gardens
It is advisable to obtain Gas and Electrical
certificates prior to the tenancy starting and
service any appliances including the boiler (providing
instructions). It is also a good idea to have
sinks and baths checked and if applicable: re
– sealed and/or re-grouted to avoid any
When should I instruct an agent?
It is advisable to consult us when you first contemplate
venturing into the letting market. This will enable
you to take advantage of our store of experience
in letting business, obtain guidance on what kind
of preparation is necessary before putting your
property on the market and the level of service
you require. Your investment in safe hands !
Can you advise me on property to acquire
for letting purposes?
For several years we have been offering clients
invaluable and detailed advice when they are considering
buying property for rental purposes. Our constant
contact with prospective tenant keeps us fully
alert to changes in the demand for rental properties
and the standard required. We will be happy to
discuss with you specific properties and give
guidance on the rental to be expected, without
Additionally, in conjunction with our active sales
division, we are able to offer a selection of
properties, which may be suitable as letting investments.
How much furniture should I provide -
To qualify as a 'furnished letting' a property
should contain at least carpets, curtains and
kitchen appliances although some tenants require
properties to be fully furnished It is difficult
to generalise, however, about the extent of furnishing
required in your area before becoming involved
in this kind of expenditure it is wise to discuss
this with us.
Does a property need to be newly decorated?
The letting market is sophisticated and highly
competitive; therefore it is essential that the
furnishing and decoration is of a high standard
in order to let the property quickly and at the
best possible rental.
For those unable to devote time and effort to
supervising such works, we can arrange decoration
and furnishing through our contacts.
Our detailed knowledge of tenants' requirements
will ensure that the property is ideally suited
to the lettings market. This service can be provided
when the property is available for the first letting
and at a later stage if the property needs decoration.
How will letting affect my insurance?
Most insurance policies covering household contents
relate only to owner - occupied home, therefore
it is important to advise your insurers that the
property is to be let and check that it is fully
insured against all normal risks. In the case
of a flat, building insurance is usually paid
from the service charge and arranged by managing
agents, but it is wise to obtain confirmation
that this is adequate. It is possible to secure
an insurance policy specifically designed to cover
tenanted properties and detailed information on
these can be obtained from us. Tenants are responsible
for arranging insurance cover on their own personal
belongings taken into the property.
Will letting affect my mortgage?
Before letting you should consult your bank or
building society if there is a mortgage on the
property. They might wish to approve each letting
and we can liase with them on your behalf if so
required. It is wise to seek consent in principle
before marketing the property to avoid unsecured
delay when negotiating a tenancy.
How long will it take to find a tenant?
This is difficult to predict and will vary according
to the standard of the property, demand and even
the time of year. It is important therefore that
you advise us as quickly as possible that the
property is available to minimise the vacant periods. Some properties rent the first day that they hit the market while others may take a little longer. In this regard, it is important that your property is priced accurotely and well presented.
My property is leasehold - is this significant?
If your property is leasehold, your lease will
specify whether it is necessary to obtain permission
to sub let from your landlord or managing agent.
Normally they will require copies of the proposed
agreement and references prior to the commencement
of the tenancy.
How much rent can I ask?
Many factors determine the rental level of the
property including the size of the rooms, standard
of furnishings, location and prevailing market
conditions. To obtain accurate information, contact
our local lettings representative who will be
pleased to inspect the premises and provide an
opinion of rental achievable.
What is included in the rent?
A landlord is usually responsible for
payment of service charges and maintenance (if
applicable). These outgoings should be taken into
account when determining the rental level.
What kind of tenancy agreement is most
There are many different types of tenancy
agreements and changes in the law and its interpretation
means that our agreements are constantly reviewed.
The type and length of agreement most suitable
will vary according to the requirements of the
landlord and the tenant.
Who is responsible for gas, electricity
and telephone charges?
The tenant is usually responsible for payment
of all utility bills. We will notify the relevant
authorities that a tenancy has been agreed, request
that the accounts be transferred and arrange for
meter reading to be taken at the commencement
of each tenancy.
Please ensure that you provide us with details
of the current suppliers and account numbers (gas,
electric, water and council tax). Tenants are
allowed to change suppliers if they wish though
we do ask that the Landlord is kept informed of
these changes as a matter of courtesy.
How will you market my property?
We are one of the few agents with a professional
marketing division and a comprehensive advertising
strategy. Our marketing advice will ensure that
your property is presented in a planned and strategic
way, targeting the most suitable tenants for your
property. Detailed property lists are regularly
circulated. We maintain a presence in local press
alongside sending text messages, emails, using
various internet sites, telephone and post.
We would endeavour to find high quality tenants
for your property and obtain references for each
tenant and guarantor if necessary. If you have
objections to tenants who smoke or have children
or pets, please notify us prior to us marketing
Once we have found the right tenants for your
property and received all the relevant references
we will organise the necessary legal documentation
to proceed with the letting. A tenancy agreement
is a legal binding contract between Tenant and
Landlord and its sets out both parties’
obligation and responsibilities.
Who will show the property?
Our experienced staff are trained to emphasise
the finer features and benefits of the properties
they are showing and will always accompany prospective
tenants unless the owner wishes to be present.
Do I need a Solicitor?
We have standard Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreements,
which are available for your use. However, you
may wish to involve your own solicitor, especially
if there are special circumstances to be taken
into account of you wish to receive independent
advice. We can provide specimen agreements if
required, once a letting has been agreed.
How will you check the reliability of
Any terms negotiated on a tenancy will be subject
to obtaining satisfactory references for the tenant.
The type of references we will obtain for your
approval may vary accordingly to whether the tenant
is a company or private individual. We qualify all our prospective tenants, according to two main criteria; their ability to pay the rent and their ability to maintain your property in it's current condition.
How will safety regulations affect me?
We will endeavour to keep you informed of legislation
affecting you as a landlord.
Our staff will be pleased to talk to you about
these regulations or provide you with a leaflet.
What deposit does a tenant pay?
A tenant pays a deposit as security against damage,
breakage's or other liabilities as assessed at
the end of the tenancy. The deposit is normally
an amount equivalent to one month's rental, but
can be negotiated higher or lower should you wish. Since 6 April 2007, when a landlord takes a deposit from a tenant, the deposit must be protected in a goverment authorised tenancy deposit scheme Christopher Rawlinson + Co can protect the deposit free of charge in (The Tenancy Deposit Scheme).
Do I need to make an inventory?
The inventory will contain a full list of contents
of the property together with details of conditions.
It is an important part of your tenancy agreement
and must be comprehensive, fair and unbiased.
Will I have to pay more tax?
We recommend that you seek professional advice
on your tax position in relation to lettings and
if required can refer you to a specialist accountant.
More information can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/cnr.
are your fees?
We offer a range of services specifically designed
to meet our landlord's circumstances. Letting
a house or flat need not be a complicated operation
but, with the present complex laws relating to
the letting of the residential it is essential
that you minimise the risk by choosing a professional
agent to represent you. As our clients have widely
differing circumstance we have devised a letting
service, which will provide assistance at all
Choose CHRISTOPHER RAWLINSON & CO?
Christopher Rawlinson & Co has an excellent
reputation for working closely with Landlords
who wish to be involved with decisions relating
to their property. We also have a team of staff
always on hand to take control for those Landlords
who simply want a cheque at the end of the month.
Whichever service best suits your needs the following
will need to be in place prior to the commencement
of the Tenancy.
- Landlords must supply an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Terms and conditions must be signed by all
- A set of keys must be supplied for each tenant
- Landlords must supply valid annual gas safety certificates
- Bank details must be supplied for future
monthly rents to enable us to set up a standing
- Each named Landlord must sign tenancy agreements
except where you require us, the letting/management
agents, to sign on your behalf. If you require
us to sign on your behalf then the Landlord
must sign the authorisation on the last page
- For overseas Landlords and tax exemption
form is required for each owners name
- For properties that Christopher Rawlinson
& Co are managing we will also require and
extra set of keys and a fund of £500 towards
- We recommend the landlord has arranged adequate
Building Insurance for Letting purpose
The Standard Service
The standard service is designed to find the ideal
Tenant for the Landlord who prefers to look after
the day-to-day activities of the tenancy.
Having received your instructions to act on
your behalf in finding a suitable tenant we will
actively market your property. After interviewing
potential tenants and assessing their suitability
we will seek comprehensive and satisfactory references.
Subject to satisfactory replies to our enquiries
a tenancy may then be agreed. We will of course
make these available to you and it will be your
decision to agree the tenancy.
- Our Letting Fee Includes:
- Arranging the preparation of the (EPC)
- Pro - actively marketing of your property
- Erect one of our ‘To Let’ boards
to promote your property
- Introduction of prospective tenant(s)
- References enquiries
- Arranging the preparation of the Tenancy
Agreement and relevant notices to protect your
- Collection of deposit and first month’s
rent (monies will be held in our clients account
until the tenancy begins)
- Arrangement of inventory
- Notification to the relevant authorities
and utility suppliers of the change of occupancy
- Arranging the preparation of an annual gas safty certificate
The management service is designed for the Landlord
who wants minimum involvement in the routine management
and maintenance of the property. In addition to
the standard service:
Our Management Fee Includes:
· Carry out regular inspections to ensure
the property is maintained in good order
· Arrange any repairs necessary to both
the building and any contents
(i.e. washing machine, boiler, cooker, guttering)
· Deal with any problems that should arise
with the property
· Collection of rent each month on your
· Provide regular statements for rental
· A minimum fund of £500 is held
in our Client Account towards emergency repairs.
· Visit the property at an agreed time
to meet Landlord and Tenant at the end of the
tenancy to check the tenant out and assess any
damage and unreasonable wear and tear Process
the tenants security deposit upon satisfactory
settlement of any damage and unreasonable wear
and tear Landlords expenses are kept to a minimum,
but high standards are maintained Landlords own
tradesmen are welcome though we have approved
How will safety regulations affect me?
When letting your property you must ensure that
your property complies with the current legislation.
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 puts the responsibility
on Landlords to ensure all Gas Appliances and
Electrical Installations in their property are
safe when the tenancy begins, and that it is maintained
in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. From
1st January 2005, all domestic installation work
must comply with British Standard Safety Requirements
(BS7671). Failure to comply with these regulations
is a criminal offence.
Upholstered Soft Furnishings and Furniture must
have a fire resistant filling material and must
pass a cigarette resistance test. These items
include beds, mattresses, headboards, scatter
cushions, pillows, stretch or loose covers for
furniture, children’s furniture, garden
furniture and any other items of similar type
What else do i need to know?
Since 1st October 2008, an Energy Performance Certificate has been a legal requirment to have in order to market a property to rent.
A valid EPC will last for 10 years and Christopher Rawlinson & Co. can arrange this on your behalf.
To make a success of your investment, or weather you would like some more tips of advice, please call Christopher Rawlinson & Co on 0208 904 0111