So You've Decided To Rent Out Your Property - What To Do Next
You've decided to rent your property out and capitalise on the benefits of a rental income and added flexibility - congratulations, great choice!
However, after the initial surge of excitement, now you might be wondering how to get your property rental ready and what responsibilities you will have as a Landlord.
It can be difficult to know where to start when turning your home or investment property into a rental property. Take a look at our top tips to get you started:
1. Put up a few well-placed nails in the walls so tenants have places to hang their pictures and don’t need to put up their own.
2. Get an electrical safety check (EICR) to ensure that the electrics are to the correct standard before new tenants move in (this is now a legal requirement).
3. If you have a chimney, get it swept prior to new tenants moving in.
4. Make sure there are working smoke alarms on each floor of the house.
5. Install carbon monoxide alarms for any solid fuel appliances. It is also advisable, but not yet legislation, to install them for any gas appliances.
6. Make sure all appliances are in good working order and remove them if they are not.
7. Keep the walls decorated in plain colours and up to a good standard.
8. If you’re looking to rent the house furnished, make sure the furniture has the correct fire safety labels.
9. If there is gas at the property then arrange for a gas safety check to be completed (this is a legal requirement).
10. Clean the house from top to bottom or arrange for it to be professionally cleaned so it is sparkling for when the inventory clerk arrives!
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