Landlords: What To Do When Your Tenants Give Notice
Whether it's the first time you have experienced a change of tenancy or if you have had long-standing tenants and it has been a while; the moment when your tenants give notice can leave you feeling a little unsure of what to do next.
Before you worry about delving into the recesses of your mind as to what you did last time, have a read of our advice below. As always, you are more than welcome to give us a ring on 01747 416516 if you would prefer a chat over the phone!
The first thing to do is to ensure that you have the correct notice from your tenants in writing and check that they given the appropriate amount of time as stipulated within their contract.
Once the availability date of the property has been established, you can then instruct your agent to list the property. At this point, they will be able to provide an updated rental value. It may also be prudent to update the photos and carry out a video tour; video tours are proving more and more popular and give much more insight to any potential viewer.
It is important to note that legislation around lettings changes regularly and your agent will be able to advise you as to what new rules may apply to your property. As a minimum, you will need a gas safety certificate, electrical installation condition report and an EPC. You may also need a carbon monoxide detector if you have any solid fuel heating appliances (we would recommend one for any oil and gas boilers too as best practice).
A check-out inspection should be booked once the tenants have moved out. This can either be carried out by the landlord, agent or an independent inventory clerk. It's important to remind the tenants of their obligations prior to this; refilling oil, carpet cleaning, chimney sweeping or emptying of a septic tank, being amongst the often forgotten tenant responsibilities during the stressful process of moving home.
A void period between tenancies is also an ideal time to catch up with any ongoing maintenance. Landlords will often deal with any larger repairs that may have been non urgent but prohibitive with tenants in situ.
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