Selling a Property with a Binding Tenancy Agreement
Today there are many homeowners who rent out their property to tenants but there comes an awkward moment when the homeowners decide to sell up. When you have tenants in your property, you can’t exactly say ‘the house is being sold so you need to leave’. They have signed a contract and their entitled to fulfil that contract.
The only problem is it’s no longer up to the owners when it comes to showing the property to potential buyers. Viewings will need to be organised with tenants first, and if they’re not happy then a viewing will need to be rescheduled. You also have to trust the tenants with the condition of the house, and if it’s not well looked after, potential buyers may be put off.
Some tenants will understand and make the process as easy as it possibly can be, but you owe it to your tenants to treat them with respect. They entitled to stay in the house until their contract is up, and you must work your house viewings around the tenant’s requirements, after all they are renting the property.
Property Maintenance Companies
Property maintenance companies are a great thing to have available, particularly if you are a landlord with multiple properties. Managing and maintaining a property can include a lot of small jobs, or a couple of big ones. The job of a property maintenance company is to bring all of the services required in maintaining a property together, so that they can get all of the work done. It could mean a gardening service, cleaning, or even some type of building repair. There are a number of different things which may give you cause to hire such a company; perhaps you’re leaving the country for an extended period, and you need somebody to look after your home, or you could have multiple properties, and you want them to look after your second home, or you have multiple properties, and you want them to make the building fit for rent. Whatever the reason, a good property maintenance company should be able to assist you.
Tips to Retrieving your Full Tenancy Deposit
A deposit can occasionally mean a payment in the world of lettings, and students, in particular have seen huge sums taken out of their tenancy deposits, perhaps for damage or using up the landlords time. This is however, unlikely if you have kept your house in good conditions.
An inventory is a valuable document both for landlords and tenants, and it can help make sure you receive your tenancy deposit. An inventory gives the tenant an opportunity to note down the condition of the home, therefore when they leave, they can say ‘the damage was already there’ or ‘I didn’t do this’.
We recommend you take images with a camera that records the date and time, so that the images can be looked at, at the end of your tenancy, meaning the landlord will have to give your deposit back, else you can take them to court.
Maintaining your Rented Home’s Garden
When it’s not your own home, you may not feel obliged to maintain the garden in the same way you would if it was your own house. Bu you do have to consider taking some sort of responsibility, and to make sure you keep your landlord or lettings agency happy, we’re proving you with some tips.
You shouldn’t have to spend hours on a garden, but the following garden work is important, and it’s common throughout the year:
- Picking up leaves
- Mowing the lawn
- Sweeping the patio
- Removing weeds
- Watering plants
These steps are typical in any garden, and it won’t take up a significant amount of time, depending on the size of your garden, so if you want to make sure you’re not charged extra at the end of your contract due to poor garden maintenance, this type of straightforward gardening can keep your landlord happy.
Advice for Student Tenants
If you’re a college or university student looking for a house to share and rent, we’re providing you with some key pieces of advice. There are plenty of landlords out there who may be looking to take advantage of you, and as a tenant it’s important to make sure you don’t come away ripped off.
Firstly the inventory is one of the most important documents when signing a letting contract. The inventory gives you the chance to note down any issues with the house, perhaps a stain on the carpet or damp on the ceiling, and it’s ultimately your chance to describe the property before you move in. This form should be filled out carefully, perhaps even taking images with evidence, and it ensure you do not get charged at the end of your contract due to damage that wasn’t your fault.
Students tend to have most trouble at the end of their contracts, and you if you take detailed pictures of your room before you move in, you can then take detailed pictures when you move out, proving no damage was done.
Of course this is just a precaution, and you may have a reasonable landlord who is not out fine you with extra costs. So keep it as clean as you can and prove you’re a tidy tenant, and you’re less likely to run into any issues.