At Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants, we aim to please and advise you in the best possible way. Below is a general, but not exhaustive, guide. We will be more than happy to discuss the letting of your property in more detail upon request.
Tenants generally look for well-presented properties in good condition and by paying attention to details at the beginning, a landlord will ensure maximum potential. First impressions matter and it is therefore of paramount importance that this is achieved from the outset.
Properties can be let either furnished, part-furnished or unfurnished. If the property is to be let unfurnished, it will still need to have appropriate floor coverings (i.e. carpets/wood floors), window dressings (curtains/blinds) and light shades. For partly furnished, the kitchen will require a complete set of white goods/appliances, including cookers/hobs, grills, washing machines, fridge/freezers, microwaves and hoovers. If the property is to be let furnished, it would have to have the relevant furnishing for its size. Bedrooms would require beds, wardrobes, chest of draws, and bedside cabinets, dining rooms sofas, dining tables and chairs and coffee tables.
In any case, all kitchen appliances should be up-to-date, in full working order and serviced as appropriate. All furniture should meet fire regulation. Décor should be fresh and ideally in neutral colours. Carpets should be in good condition with no excessive wear and tear and should always be cleaned prior to letting. It is recommended that a property be professionally cleaned throughout prior to the tenancy, as it is a condition of the tenancy that the property be left in the same condition at the end of the tenancy as it was found at the commencement by the tenant. Instruction manuals for all appliances, electrical equipment and heating and hot water systems should be left in the property. An appropriate number of sets of keys would need to be provided to match either the number of rooms or tenants, as well as any entry fobs or car park remotes.
Irrespective of the lettings service you opt for, we will arrange and organise the following for all of our rental properties on behalf of the Landlord:
The most common form of tenancy is the assured-shorthold tenancy (also known as an AST) which is governed by the Housing Act 1988. An AST is used where a property is let as a ‘dwelling house’ (not solely a bedroom) to an individual or individuals (legislation varies depending on boroughs). The other form is a Contractual Tenancy, governed by contract law and not the Housing Act 1988. This type of tenancy is used for all tenancies that do not qualify as an AST, most commonly used for company lets, a second home or a premium lease where annual rent exceeds £100,000.
It is essential to arrange a professional inventory prior to the commencement of the tenancy. A professional inventory is not merely a list of furniture; it will also note the condition of everything in the property (i.e. walls, ceilings, flooring, windows, light fittings, etc). The landlord and tenant receive a copy of the inventory at the commencement of the tenancy so each party is aware of the contents and condition of the property. Without such a document, it is extremely difficult to resolve any disagreements at the end of the tenancy.
Prior to the start of a tenancy, there are a number of administrative issues that should be addressed by the landlord. When a property is subject to a mortgage, it is normally a requirement that permission is needed to let the property. It is your responsibility, as Landlord, to obtain this permission. If your property is held on a lease, you should contact your Managing Agent or freeholder to check that you can sub-let the property. You will need to inform your insurance company that you are letting the property and ensure that you have adequate cover for buildings, contents and public liability and that you comply with any conditions they may impose. If you are living overseas, it is important that you complete an NRL1 form available from HMRC, as there are tax implications.
A valid gas safety certificate and EPC is required for the entire duration of the tenant’s occupancy. If you do not have one, Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants will organise for an initial gas safety and EPC check at a fixed cost to you. It is your legal responsibility to arrange to have all subsequent annual gas checks carried out and indemnify Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants against the consequences of not doing so. If upon receipt of written instructions this is not done, Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants will arrange the renewal of any gas checks on your behalf. We advise our landlords to have an electrical safety certificate carried out on their properties, which although not mandatory, is considered best practice.
In providing this service to you, Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants will:
If you have appointed us to manage the property, Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants will also:
Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants is a recommended letting agent for a number of London’s portfolio landlords. We have worked closely with property investors for many years and now manage hundreds of properties throughout inner London.
All of Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants’ properties are subjected to a thorough check before we offer them for rent to ensure that they are compliant with all safety legislation including Gas Safety (installation and use) Regulations, Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations, Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations and The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (England) Regulations. All properties must also have a current Energy Performance Certificate.
Our experienced letting experts will work closely with you to ensure that you find your ideal home and will guide you through the rental process to ensure that your experience is a happy one. They will accompany you on all viewings at times convenient to you, including evenings and weekends.
More than 90% of properties let by Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants are fully managed so you can be assured that if any problems arise you simply contact us. Any necessary repairs can be quickly dealt with by our fully qualified and insured contractors without the need for you to be present. We also have an emergency and out-of-hours phone line, which is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In accordance with legislation, all deposits are registered by Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants with a government approved deposit protection scheme within 14 days. Client Money Protection is provided by UKALA and independent redress by The Property Ombudsman Service.
Below are some general terms and conditions of renting through Hawk & Eagle Property Consultants: