We have found that a good relationship with Contract Holders is the key to a smooth-running Standard Contract. As Property Managers this relationship is our job, but it is important that the Contract Holders should feel comfortable in their new home, and that they are receiving value for their money. It follows therefore that a well-presented and maintained property in a good decorative order will go towards this, whilst also achieving a higher rental figure.
Electrical, gas plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. The property must have an up to date Landlord Gas Safety Certificate, EPC, EICR, mains powered smoke alarms with co2 alarms interlinked. Repairs and maintenance are at the Landlords expense unless misuse can be established. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral. Every rental property by law must have a full photographic and written inventory of the property when a Contract Holder is found.
Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished. Which of these is appropriate will depend on the type of property and local market conditions. We will be pleased to give you advice on whether to furnish or not and to what level. As a minimum you will need to provide decent quality carpets, blinds and light fittings. Remember that there will be wear and tear on the property and any items provided. Every rental property by law must have a full photographic and written inventory of the property when a Contract Holder is found.
Personal items, ornaments etc.
Personal possessions, ornaments, pictures, books etc. should be removed from the premises, especially those of real or sentimental value. Some items may be boxed, sealed and stored in the loft at the owner’s risk. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the Contract Holder’s own use. Every rental property by law must have a full photographic and written inventory of the property when a Contract Holder is found.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns cut. Contract Holders are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard, provided they are left the necessary tools. However, few Contract Holders are experienced gardeners, and if you value your garden, or if it is particularly large, you may wish us to arrange visits by a regular gardener. Every rental property by law must have a full photographic and written inventory of the property when a Contract Holder is found.
At the commencement of the Standard Contract the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition, and at the end of each Standard Contract it is the Contract Holders responsibility to leave the property in the same condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning will be arranged at their expense.
Information for the Contract Holder
It is helpful if you leave information for the Contract Holder, e.g. on operating the central heating and hot water system, washing machine and alarm system.
You should provide one set of keys for each Contract Holder.