Check-In & Check-Out – With the change in the Housing Act 2004 introducing the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (see link to Deposit Dispute Scheme), it is imperative that tenants receive a report concerning the condition of the property together with a detailed inventory, thus preventing potential disputes at the end of the Tenancy.
In order to maintain an impartial opinion, the fully comprehensive Check-In reports are outsourced to an experienced company. They will prepare a detailed report and take photographic evidence prior to the commencement of the Tenancy.
Additionally, all utility boards will be informed of meter readings and other required information. On termination of the agreement, we will return to the property and check both the inventory and general condition. A report will be compiled and both will be referred to in the remote event that a claim may be made against the deposit held (obviously allowing for fair wear and tear). You will also be advised of any necessary works in order to keep the property up to standard for future lettings. Upon vacation the utility boards will be informed accordingly.
Inventory – Where a property is furnished a detailed inventory is important. Upon preparing the Check-In report this list can be prepared prior to tenants moving in. Legislation requires that furniture and soft furnishings must comply with fire regulations.
Deposit Dispute Scheme
Property Rentals is an affiliated member of The Dispute Service. The Housing Act 2004 has made a provision for both the protection of tenancy deposits and the resolution of disputes over their return. The legislation came into effect on 6th April 2007, this means all deposits for an Assured Shorthold Tenancies will have to be covered by a tenancy deposit protections scheme.
Your legal position
Repossession and rent arrears are a concern for all Landlords though the current Housing Act should alleviate the majority of problems. A copy of our Tenancy Agreement can be supplied for your solicitor or mortgage company to examine. Under the terms of your mortgage it is probably necessary to seek permission to let, and should you have a leasehold property you should contact your head landlord, freeholder or managing agent. Always inform insurers of your intentions.
We offer advice on constantly changing legislation such as gas safety certifications, Tenancy Deposit Scheme and smoke alarms.
Property Rentals is a member of a redress scheme provided by The Property Ombudsman.
Property Rentals is part of the National Federation of Property Professionals Client Money Protection Scheme.