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Practical steps to getting your property ready to be let

  • Make sure your property is fit for human habitation – See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018/guide-for-landlords-homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018
  • Ensure there are an adequate number of working smoke detectors in the property. Fire safety regulations vary dependent on property size, type, and number of occupants; for example, HMO’s (Houses of Multiple Occupancy) have very strict fire safety rules. If you own a HMO you may also need a license – See https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50248/houses_in_multiple_occupation/2176/what_is_a_house_in_multiple_occupation_hmo/3
  • A CO Alarm is required for any properties with an open fuel burning gas appliance, but is recommended for all properties where a gas supply is present
  • Obtain an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)
  • Obtain a LGSC (Landlords Gas Safety Certificate)
  • Ensure that all window and door locks are in working order and there are enough keys for each tenant. Often it is advised to provide a full set of keys to your managing agent also
  • Ensure any parking permits, block access fobs are all present and in working order
  • Carry out a legionella risk assessment – See https://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/legionella-landlords-responsibilities.htm
  • Ensure that all appliances are serviced and in working order before a tenant moves in
  • It is always a good idea to leave appliance manuals in the property for the tenants use. This is particularly beneficial for heating systems and boilers
  • Ensure your utility provider has final meter readings and is notified of the new tenancy details and move in readings
  • Have your mail redirected via Royal Mail to ensure no important post goes missing
  • Ensure the property is in a professionally clean state before the tenancy commencement date
  • Ensure that any furnishings included within a let display the correct fire safety labels and are fit for normal use
  • Consider taking out a suitable landlords’ insurance policy
  • Find yourself an award-winning lettings agency, such as Davidson Estates, to let and manage your property 😊!