Landlord, Letting Agent.
What are the benefits of letting an empty property?
You can lose over £6000 a year by keeping a home empty-in rent loss, council tax, insurance, dilapidation and security measures. There is also the risk of vandalism, squatting and complaints from neighbours.
How long does a shorthold tenancy have to last?
That is for you to agree with your tenant. You can agree that it should last for a set period (known as fixed term) or you can leave it open-ended.
How would I get my property back?
If the tenancy is a shorthold , you can end the tenancy at any time after 6 months, provided any fixed term you agreed has ended. You only need to give your tenant 2 months written notice that you want your property back.
You can end both types of tenancy at any time on certain grounds (reasons) for possession set out in legislation. These cover rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, damage by the tenant, etc.
What if the tenant will not leave?
Most tenants do. You can not evict a tenant yourself but you can apply to the county court to get your property back. In certain cases you can use an accelerated possession procedure which can avoid the need for a court hearing.
As a landlord, what would I be responsible for?
Repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water installations, basin, sinks,baths and other sanitary installations.
The safety of gas and electrical appliances.
The fire safety of furniture and furnishings that you provide.
What would my tenant be responsible for?
Paying the rent as agreed.
In most cases, paying the council tax and water sewerage charges.
Bills for gas, electricity and the telephone etc. If you agree this with the tenant.
Taking proper care of the property.
what if the property needs repairs before it can be let?
Housing associations can help by providing a grant and managing the property for you. Or you may qualify for a local authority renovation grant. Your local authority can give details.
Can anyone help me rent my property?
Letting agents can find tenants, start the tenancy, collect rent or provide a full management service for peace of mind. Some agents work to specified standards of service such as members of the:
Association of Residential Letting Agents
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers
National Association of Estate Agents,
or Government registered housing associations.
Standards in accommodations
A major concern of the university accommodation offices, city councils and students is the gas safety and general security of student accommodations, almost in some towns landlords will have to confirm to various standards before their properties can be advertised in student housing offices.
If you have a property for letting to students, firstly you should ensure your property is checked for gas safety by a CORGI registered engineer every year, as most students are aware of the dangers of gas appliances it may be difficult to rent accommodation that have not be approved. You can find out more about Gas Safety by going to our special notes regarding Gas Appliances
Secondly, properties should have doors that are to a minimum door thickness with provision of spy-holes, and the door locks should be 5 lever to British standard as most insurance companies now insist on these types of locks.
Thirdly, the property should be kept in good general maintenance and free from any damp.
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