Steps to becoming a residential landlord this year
People become residential landlords for a variety of reasons.
Often, it’s because someone wants to do more with their savings and sees property as a safe investment with a regular income.
Here are a few things to consider when becoming a landlord if you want to take advantage of the current lettings climate:
- Furnished or unfurnished
You must decide whether you want to rent out a completely furnished or unfurnished property early on.
If you’ve inherited a furnished property, the decision may be straightforward. If this is the case, you may find that this appeals to a potential tenant, and you may be able to negotiate a better monthly rent.
If you rent out a property that isn’t furnished, you won’t have to buy anything for it. Some potential tenants prefer this since they can furnish it with their own belongings and make it their own home.
Don’t forget, carrying out an inventory is a smart idea because it will impact your insurance coverage and may help to avoid disagreements at the end of a contract.
Being properly organised and up to date with paperwork from the beginning is one of the best suggestions for becoming a landlord.
Having a lot of paperwork can be intimidating, but organisation is crucial.
Not only will this ensure that you are not in violation of any legal obligations, but it will also ensure that you are aware of where everything is at all times. (It’s also helpful when doing your accounts or double-checking information.)
- DIY or use a lettings agency
Using a lettings service to find a tenant and set up the first agreements will relieve you of some stress.
Our lettings experts use their local rental market knowledge to assist our valued landlords in managing their properties. For further information, contact our helpful staff today.
- Legals & Responsibility
You’ll need an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate for a property before it can be let.
Each gas appliance in the property must have a gas safety certificate, and each property must have smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector. Any appliances or furniture must also meet the required safety standards.
There are other regulations concerning a tenant’s deposit and how it is held in a government-approved programme. We can help you with any of these if you need support.
For expert property advice and becoming a landlord, contact our team of professionals on 0207 510 9980.