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So, you are considering renting your property out. The reasons might be various – moving to a new location, struggling to sell the property or holding on to it as an investment. Whether you ended up in this situation through choice or through necessity, you need to take account of a number of factors. In this post, we’ve gathered the essential steps that you need to undertake before letting out your house and feel more or less confident at the beginning of your landlord journey.
Then read on. This guide won’t disappoint you!
Before you even place your house on the market, ask yourself, “Do I have legal rights to rent my home?”.
There are two conditions that you should pay attention to:
While the cost of running a property business varies from location to location, there are a number of items you’ll need to consider when calculating how much it will cost to be a landlord.
Depending on the circumstances, the list of expenses might not end here. We know that it might seem overwhelming, however, once you get a grip of the expenses, the managing will get easier.
Let’s be honest – everything else takes a back seat when we think of how much money our properties can generate. And it’s perfectly understandable – the more you earn, the faster you will be able to cover the expenses associated with the property, and eventually get paid for the time and effort put into renting. However, there is one important thing to remember – don’t get emotional.
It’s quite common among landlords to overprice their properties. They simply put a price on the time and effort that it took them to bring the property into rentable conditions. However, that way you risk missing on tenants. So, set this sentimental value aside and adapt to the current rates on the market.
Check what prices other landlords demand for properties similar to yours. The information is more than available online on websites like Rightmove, Zoopla or even Facebook Marketplace.
Compare the properties by size, location, furnishing and decoration conditions. As an alternative, you can request a professional estimate from a letting agency – some of them provide the assessment without additional fees.
Once you’ve researched the market, you probably have an idea of how you should improve your property before letting it. If you haven’t thought about it yet, let us give you a hint. Tenants don’t like extravagant or old “fit-for-the-purpose” decorations. Keep it simple and clean.
The furnishing will depend on the type of tenants you wish to attract. For example, students will most likely search for a fully-furnished apartment. Whereas families will probably give their preferences to a property with a minimum furnishing. You might want to include white goods in your rental property. Also, remove your personal belongings or any items of sentimental value, otherwise, you risk to have them damaged.
It’s also important to make sure that the property looks immaculate. It’s essential to deep clean the property before putting it on the market. The same applies to structural repairs – after all, that way you will not only speed up the tenants’ search but show that you are a responsible landlord. Once you are done, don’t forget to snap detailed and good-quality pictures (alternatively, you can arrange a professional property photography session). This will definitely increase the chances of you getting the property rented out quickly.
Also, the keys. Don’t forget the keys. While you are preparing your house to let, a good idea will be to cut a couple of key copies. You will have to have a set for yourself and a set or two for your tenants.
And last but not least, before the tenancy beginnings, create an inventory list of everything that you own. This way you will avoid unnecessary disputes over broken items in your house.
Before you start renting your property, you need to check if a potential tenant has the right to rent. This includes the immigration status of all the adults living on your property and the validity of their documents.
Once you find the tenants that you are happy to rent your property to, you have to provide them with the following pack of documents:
The safety of tenants falls into the list of new obligations that you will be entitled to once you officially become a landlord. Gas Safety checks and Electrical Installation checks are only some of many others.
To start with, the property should be fit for human habitation. This means, that the building should be in good condition, free from damp and with proper ventilation. You also need to improve the internal arrangement of the property. The layout of the property shouldn’t pose any danger to tenants. Moreover, the property should have a stable supply of hot and cold water and systems for disposal of the used water. The heating source is a must, however, it is up to you what you decide to install – it might be electric radiators or a boiler-operated heating system.
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