Preparing to Let
The condition and appearance will affect both the rental value and how quickly it will be let; any prospective tenant will compare your property to others available on the market therefore, first impressions count.
If you are a leaseholder you should check the terms of your lease documentation and obtain the necessary written consent to let from the freeholder or the management company before letting your property.
If the property is mortgaged or has a loan secured against it then written consent must be obtained from your lender prior to the tenancy commencing. Your lender may also require additional clauses in the tenancy agreement of which you must inform us and they may charge you a fee for giving their consent for the letting to take place.
The majority of properties on the letting market are unfurnished. The definition of unfurnished usually includes carpeting or flooring, curtains / blinds, white goods and kitchen appliances such as washing machine and a fridge/freezer.
Some potential tenants will be specifically looking for fully furnished properties to rent. They usually represent a very small proportion of potential tenants. If the property is to be let furnished, it is essential to ensure that all items to be included in the tenancy comply with the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993.
Quarters of Leeds always request that landlords ensure that the property and its contents are adequately insured. It is extremely important that the landlord advises their insurance company that they are proposing to let the property. Failure to do so could result in you losing insurance cover.
Some insurers impose letting conditions and Quarters of Leeds would require details as this may affect the choice of tenant.
Accounts and bills for all the relevant utility services (gas, electricity, water, council tax and telephone charges) are the tenant’s responsibility ordinarily. The only exception to this would be where the