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How to prepare for a new tenancy

If you are a landlord getting ready to welcome new tenants into your property, it is essential that everything is in order so that you can make a smooth transition. Let’s take a look at how to prepare your property for a new tenancy, what insurance you will need, and how a trusted estate agent can help you through the process.


Cleaning and repairs

The first step in preparing your property for a new tenancy is to ensure that it is clean and well-maintained. Before your new tenants move in, be sure to clean the property thoroughly, including all surfaces, appliances, and fixtures.

Additionally, you should take care of any necessary repairs, such as fixing leaky taps, replacing broken tiles, or repainting scuffed walls. Making sure that your property is clean and in good repair will not only make a positive impression on your new tenants but also help to prevent future issues.


Update safety features

Another important aspect of preparing your property for a new tenancy is ensuring that all safety features are up-to-date and in good working order. This includes checking smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishers to make sure they are functioning correctly.

To protect your tenants' safety, all gas appliances must pass an annual gas safety inspection, which should always be conducted by a certified Gas Safe registered engineer. Once completed, you will receive a Landlord Gas Safety Record detailing all the checks that were completed.

And in addition to this annual Gas Safety Check, there is also a legal requirement to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report every 5 years, and to hold a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when letting a property.


Check your insurance

Before you hand over the keys to a new tenant, it is vital to review your insurance policies to ensure you are adequately covered. Although it is the responsibility of the tenants to sort out their own content's insurance, landlords are responsible for insurance the building.

Being adequately covered is important so that, in the event of property damage caused by a tenant, it can help cover the costs of repairs or replacements. Also, if your property becomes uninhabitable as a result of serious damage, rental income loss coverage can help reduce the financial impact. It is also a good idea to take out liability coverage in case somebody injures themselves on your property.


Prepare an inventory

It is important to prepare a detailed inventory listing all of the items included in the property and their condition at the start of the tenancy. The list should include everything from furniture and appliances to fixtures and decorations.

Take the time to look for any signs of wear and tear, damage, or existing issues, and take photographs of each item to provide visual documentation of its condition. This can help prevent disputes over damages at the end of the tenancy and ensure that your tenants have a clear understanding of their responsibilities.


Communicate with the new tenants

When preparing your property for a new tenancy, it is important to keep your tenants informed every step of the way. This helps to build trust and ensures that your tenants feel valued and respected. Additionally, clear communication can help prevent misunderstandings and conflicts down the line.

You should provide your tenants with clear instructions on what is expected of them, including information regarding move-in dates and key collection.

It is also important to be responsive to your tenants' needs and concerns throughout the process of preparing your property for a new tenancy. Whether they have questions about the rental agreement, maintenance issues, or other matters, be sure to respond promptly and address their concerns in a timely manner.


Use a trusted Estate Agency

A trusted local Estate Agency has the expertise and knowledge to navigate the complexities of the rental market. They understand the local area, market trends, and the needs of both landlords and tenants. When you work with an experienced Estate Agent, you can tap into their wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure a smooth and successful tenancy process.

They will have the resources and expertise to effectively market your property to potential tenants and conduct thorough background checks on them to ensure they are reliable and financially secure. They can also help ensure your property is in top condition and meets all legal requirements. Additionally, a trusted Estate Agent can help you create a secure and fair tenancy agreement that protects your interests as a landlord.

Speak to our Letting Agents about renting your London property, or learn more about our Guaranteed Rent Scheme for landlords offering you a more secure income from your property. We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on: 23 April 2024

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