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Prepare your home for the rental market

If you are a ‘first-time’ landlord, it is best to take advice from an ARLA registered agent to explain what you need to do to prepare your property for the rental market.

Consents to Let & Insurance

If your property is subject to a mortgage, your mortgage provider must consent to the rental. If your property is leasehold, you will also require consent from your freeholder. You must ensure your property and contents have adequate insurance cover.

Maintenance & Safety

Where applicable, chimneys must be swept, oil fired boilers serviced and a valid Landlord’s Gas Safety Record provided annually. An Energy Performance Certificate must now be supplied and all electrics checked. Furnishings and furniture must comply with fire regulations.

Inventory, Check-in and Check-Out

An inventory must be carried out listing the contents of the property and condition of its fixtures and fittings. This inventory is checked upon arrival of the tenant and on check-out to ensure the property is left as it was found. It helps to avoid any disputes upon check-out.

Professional Cleaning

Prior to occupation, all properties should be professionally cleaned. The tenant is expected to do the same when the property is returned. Any outside space should be also left in seasonal good order.

For advice and guidance, please read our Hamptons International Landlord’s Guide. If you are thinking of letting your property and would like a market appraisal or advice about the property market in your area, please contact your local Hamptons International branch.

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