Landlords

At Homes4Let we are more personal. We maintain a flexible attitude, and can adapt our service to meet your individual circumstances and needs. We understand that in many cases, your rental investment may once have been your home. That means it is even more important for us to find a tenant who will look after the property just as well as you did.

It is OK to feel nervous, after all, moving is stressful for landlords as it is for tenants. As a new and even existing landlord there is a lot to learn on the legalities involved in leasing out your property. Changes within the law happen often therefore having an ARLA/Property Mark Agent such as ourselves involved in this will take away the worry and stress.

We believe that finding the right tenant having the right landlord and using the right agent makes a happy triangle. Each side supporting each side. After all its well known that the triangle is the strongest shape.

Management

If you currently own or intend to purchase a residential property you should consider our property management service. You'll find it both professional and cost-effective. As specialists, we know how to manage property for optimum performance, whilst ensuring smooth running tenancies and compliance with the various landlord/tenant laws. Hence maximising the return on your investment.

A pre-tenancy checklist should help you make sure you've ticked all the right boxes before you make the next step in letting your property.

PRE Tenancy check list

  • Update your insurance to take into account that your property is going to be let
  • Get the requisite permission from your mortgage lender
  • Speak to your accountant regarding your Tax implications
  • Inform the council's Environmental Health Department if you plan on letting as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
  • Check if your property falls within the Selective licensing with your local council
  • Make sure all furniture and furnishings comply with the latest fire regulations
  • Ensure that all gas appliances and equipment have been serviced by a Gas Safe-registered engineer and that safety records are kept in a safe place. We can help and provide you with an Engineer
  • Make sure that all electrical wiring has been checked and proved safe by a qualified electrician and that a Electrical Certificate has been obtained
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An annual Gas Safety check is required and must be provided by a Gas Safe engineer. The inspection ensures that all gas appliances, pipe work and flues that are provided with the property are in safe and working order.

Private rented sector landlords in England with single tenanted properties (e.g. NOT Houses in Multiple Occupation) are required, from October 2015, to:

  • have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their rental property which is used as living accommodation, and
  • have a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel appliances are contained (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove).
  • check that each prescribed alarm is in proper working order on the day the tenancy begins if it is a new tenancy (this part only applies to “new” tenancies that start on and after the 1st of October 2015).

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1 June 2020 and apply to all tenancies created on or after that date in England from 1 July 2020.

Private landlords must ensure every electrical installation in their residential premises is inspected and tested at intervals of no more than 5 years by a qualified and competent person.

The regulations apply in England to all new specified tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing specified tenancies from 1 April 2021. 'New specified tenancies' is any tenancy created on or after 1 June 2020.

Following the inspection and testing, a private landlord must:

  • obtain a report from the person conducting that inspection and test, which gives the results of the inspection and test and the date of the next inspection and test
  • supply a copy of that report to each existing tenant of the residential premises within 28 days of the inspection and test
  • supply a copy of that report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that authority
  • retain a copy of that report until the next inspection and test is due and supply a copy to the person carrying out the next inspection and test
  • supply a copy of the most recent report to any new tenant of the specified tenancy to which the report relates before that tenant occupies those premises; and any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request in writing for it from that prospective tenant

Any deposit received must be secured into a tenancy deposit scheme within 30 days.

There are currently three Government approved schemes – The DPS (the only free-to-use scheme), The Dispute Service and MyDeposits.

This is a requirement of the tenancy deposit protection scheme.

Once the deposit is secured, you must provide certain information about the deposit and where it has been secured to tenants either as part of the Tenancy Agreement or on a separate form.

This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process, including:

  • what to look out for before renting
  • living in a rented home
  • what happens at the end of a tenancy
  • what to do if things go wrong

All furniture a landlord provides must be fire resistant. Furniture must meet the fire resistance requirements in the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.

The regulations apply to any of the following upholstered items:

Beds, mattresses and headboards.

Sofa beds, futons and any other convertibles.

Loose and stretch covers for furniture.

Nursery furniture.

Scatter cushions, seat covers and pillows.

The regulations do not apply to:

Sleeping bags or loose covers for mattresses.

Bedclothes - including duvets and pillowcases.

We cannot let any property containing non-compliant furniture. All items must carry a permanent label as proof that items are compliant with the regulations. If you need help, your Reeds Rains consultant will be able to advise you.

Landlords must provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) All private residential property available for let is required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC is a legal requirement to all new and prospective tenants during the viewing, or at least before the tenancy agreements are signed.

Legionella is a potentially fatal illness like pneumonia which can be caught by inhaling bacteria generated by hot and cold water heating systems including storage tanks which are not functioning properly or have been stagnant for some time. The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999 have recently changed and the Control of Legionella bacteria in Water Systems Approved Code of Practice ("ACOP L8"), now applies to domestic living. It is recommended that all landlords of residential rental properties have a Legionella Risk Assessment completed every two years to comply with the law.

Tenants over the age of 45, smokers or heavy drinkers, or those suffering from respiratory or kidney disease or immune system problems, might be considered particularly vulnerable.

We can introduce you to an expert who can assess your property for Legionella and provide you with a report.

Health and safety legislation requires that risk assessments for the Legionella bacteria which cause Legionnaires’ disease are taken. The assessments must identify and assess potential sources of exposure, and steps taken to prevent/control any risk that is identified.

If you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) - a rented property with shared facilities, you may need a licence to let. The mandatory licensing criteria regarding Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which came into effect in all local authorities in England on 01 October 2018, includes the following:

Mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing Criteria

Any property occupied by five or more people, forming two or more households, who also share facilities such as the kitchen or bathroom, regardless of the number of storeys is subject to the HMO licensing criteria.

A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:

Married or living together - including people in same sex relationships.

Relatives or half-relatives, for example: grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, step parents and step children

The Right to Rent scheme, which helps to make sure that people renting property in the UK have a legal right to be here, was rolled out across England in February 2016.

This law means that landlords or their letting agents must carry out identity checks on every tenant before they sign a tenancy agreement. If we don't currently handle tenant checks for you, we'd be very happy to discuss how we can help you with this.

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Testimonials

"What can I say, after 15 years of managing my flat, the service has been outstanding. Very professional, good communication, Zoe is very pleasant to speak to on the phone. Any issues that have arisen have been resolved very quickly. Thoroughly recommend Homes4Let. Excellent service."

Dennis Fitzpatrick

"Zoe has managed our rental property for over 10 years now and we have always found her friendly and easy to deal with. She has a wealth of knowledge about the rental market and keeps us up to date with all current legislation. During the time Zoe has managed our property we have had a number of tenants and trust her knowledge and judgement in selecting the right tenant for our property. We have regular contact with Zoe as we do not live local to our property and over the period we have known Zoe she has become a friend as well as our letting agent."

Chris Jenkins

"We moved into our rented property almost 4 years ago, from the first viewing to now, we have been exceptionally impressed with Zoe Martin, she is a lovely, friendly, bubbly person that does an amazing job, she is passionate, enthusiastic and caring. Nothing is too much trouble. She responds to any issues with speed. It is a real pleasure knowing Zoe, we now consider her a friend. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any prospective clients."

Tony Williams

"We have used Homes4let services for past 4 years and Zoe is very professional, highly driven and is able to manage our everchanging plans. We can rest assured that all the work is done quickly and efficiently with excellent communications from Zoe and her team. We will be continuing to use Homes4let services with new tenants in 2021 following some renovations. A very good service in all ways."

Angela Smith

"Zoe is a very friendly person and has looked after our property for many years now. We are totally happy with everything she does for us and the tenants. Zoe promptly lets us know when something needs repairing or renovating and suggests what she could buy for us or who she could call in. We have always been happy with her choices. She also takes care of everything involved in finding tenants and we just have to give her our approval. As we are unable to deal with anything ourselves, we are totally reliant on Zoe and feel very lucky to have her working on our behalf. Thank you Zoe."

Jan Edwards

"Zoe has managed a rental property for me for a number of years and in that time has dealt with all the day to day problems that have arisen and been great at finding good quality tenants that have caused no issues at all. Zoe was recommended to me and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Homes4Let to anybody looking for someone to take all the headaches away from renting a property out."

Tim Prince

"Zoe Martin followed our moving, she is professional, reliable, friendly and thorough. We are really grateful for her help."

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