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RENT COLLECTION
We will collect your rent monthly and pay it in to your Bank Account as soon as the payment has cleared.  You will receive annual Statements of your Account.

FULL MANAGEMENT
We can also offer a full Management service with regular inspections. Should any maintenance  work need to be carried out we will do so.  We have our own qualified tradesmen but if you prefer, you can nominate your own. This service also includes Rent collection and again we will send you annual  Statements of your Account.

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS
If you  wish to let your property furnished, it must by Law comply with the current Fire safety regulations
Upholstery and Beds that comply will have a distinctive sewn- in label and must have been purchased  after 1989.

GAS FITTINGS & APPLIANCES
As a Landlord you are responsible for the service and maintenance of any gas heating system and all gas appliances. By Law these must be inspected annually by a Gas safe Registered  gas fitter and a Safety Certificate obtained.

ELECTRICAL  SAFETY
Electrical appliances, plugs and sockets must be supplied' 'safe for use'  if in doubt we can arrange for  a Qualified Electrician to check your system. It is advisable to do this every  5 years.

DECORATION
The nicer your property looks the nicer your tenant will be! This is the plain truth. We  advise our Landlords to hand over their property in a clean and tidy condition. We would recommend that walls are emulsioned in a neutral colour rather than wallpapered and that the paintwork inside and out is in good condition.  The property should be in good order when handed over.

GARDENS
If your garden is your pride and joy, you'll want your tenants to look after it. If there is an area of lawn it is wise to leave a lawn mower and basic garden tools for the tenant's use. Some Landlords like to provide a Gardener to ensure that the garden is well maintained.  This charge can sometimes be incorporated in the Rent.

OVERSEAS LANDLORDS
We provide an invaluable service  for Landlords living overseas, giving them complete peace of mind and keeping them informed by Fax or phone if problems arise. We can supply FICO (Tax) forms to apply for Exemption Certificates (enabling us to pay rent  over  without tax deductions.) Tax affairs are however the Landlord's  responsibility.

INSURANCE
When you let your property your normal  Household Insurance Policies will not cover you. Check carefully with your insurers. We can inform you of specialist Insurance Companies with competitive premiums  (instalment plans are also available) offering Buildings, Contents, Legal Protection, Tenants Contents and even Rent Guarantee schemes. Ask for information.

A WORD OF ADVISE
Out of area Agents may try for exorbitant rents but check out their fees not only on Introduction but also new tenants and renewals. Remember if you aren't charging a realistic rent you may have problems in renting your property quickly losing valuable revenue. Also Housing  Benefit will only be paid  on a certain scale,  your tenant may not be able to afford the difference and you will be left  short.

HOUSING BENEFIT
Many tenants now claim Housing Benefit  and  most Landlords are quite happy to accept  it.  Benefit can be paid directly to you if you have opted to manage the tenancy yourself   but it is worth noting that any overpayment (ie. your tenant is not declaring that they are working or have moved in a partner)  may be claimed back from you

ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES Any property rented out from 1st  October 2008 will be required to have an EPC carried out. This will rate the energy performance of a property on a scale of A to G. Therefore a property rating of A would be more attractive and inexpensive to run than a property with the rating G. We can arrange for your EPC to be carried out. Please ask for details.

 
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