Landlords

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Letting your property with Bearroc

We appreciate that letting your property, especially for the first time, can be a worrying experience and with this in mind our most important consideration is providing you with the best possible service and finding the right tenant for you. We understand that your property is an important asset and we can confidently assure you that with us, it will be in good hands.

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Bespoke Lettings Management

We are able to offer a personal service, with attention to detail, whilst at the same time maintaining a high standard of competence and professionalism.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Competitive Rates

Our fees are competitive and vary dependant on the level of service you require. We are especially skilled with regard to investment portfolios, and in which case we would be happy to negotiate a discount for landlords with multiple properties.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Tenant Referencing

Drawn from a continually updated register, all prospective Tenants are thoroughly referenced and credit checked. In some cases we will also require a guarantor. This is also to ensure you get the quality we also expect from tenants.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”yes” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” background_color=”#edede8″ padding_top=”100″ padding_bottom=”100″ z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Levels of Service offered

We believe that the key to a prosperous tenancy is keeping landlords and tenants on good terms at all times. We have proven experience creating valuable relationships between landlord and tenant, and this is why we do not offer a separate Tenant Find service. Our standard services and charges are as follows:

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This is our complete and inclusive service, and is suitable for Landlords who are not residing locally, or would rather not deal with their Tenants directly, preferring all aspects to be handled by us for peace of mind.

This provides for the marketing of the property, to include taking of professional photographs and videography, devising thorough floorplans and carrying out viewings, leading to the introduction and referencing of a prospective Tenant. 

This proving satisfactory, we then go ahead and prepare the tenancy agreement, and if required an inventory (Charged dependant on size of property). The Tenant will then be checked in with a full inventory for your security.

During the tenancy we carry out periodic inspection visits to make sure your property is being looked after and in a good state of repair. Should these bring to light any issues, we will devise a report and recommend any necessary repairs. We would also be the first point of contact for your tenant, should there be any maintenance issues, questions or queries relating to the tenancy or your property. In order to do this to the best of capability, we would ask you to fill out a ‘Property Information’ form prior to the beginning of the tenancy, which will include all of necessary information, so we are able to look after your property as if it were our own.

We also collect and process the monthly rental payments to your bank account and provide you with a monthly full statement for your records. We can also provide you with your annual tax statement if requested.

Towards the end of the tenancy, we liaise with yourself and the Tenant, with a view to renewing the tenancy agreement, or if requested we can arrange the check out and devise suggested deductions, if necessary, based on the report’s findings. Regarding the negotiation of the deposit release, we will act on your behalf in discussion with the tenant in order to come to a full and final settlement.[/cq_vc_tab_item][cq_vc_tab_item tabtitle=”Rent Collection”]Rent Collection: 9% +VAT of monthly rental achieved 

This service is for Landlord’s who would like to manage their own properties when it comes to maintenance and general upkeep.

This would include us marketing the property, taking of professional photographs and videography, devising thorough floorplans and carrying out viewings, leading to the introduction and referencing of a prospective Tenant. 

This proving satisfactory, we then go ahead and prepare the tenancy agreement, and if required an inventory (Charged dependant on size of property). The Tenant will then be checked in with a full inventory for your security.

At this point, we would make the initial introduction between yourself and your new tenant/s, however would be available to you in the background should you require any advice.

We would collect and process the monthly rental payments to your bank account and provide you with a monthly full statement for your records. We can also provide you with your annual tax statement if requested.

Towards the end of the tenancy, we liaise with yourself and the Tenant, with a view to renewing the tenancy agreement, or if requested we can arrange the check out. We would then forward you and the tenant the check out report and await your collectively agreed decision based on the deposit release (if we are holding this on your behalf in our DPS account).

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Guide for Landlords

Before a property can be let, there are several matters which the owner will need to deal with to ensure that the tenancy runs smoothly, and also that he/she complies with the law. We provide summarised information below. If you require further advice or assistance with any matter, please do contact us.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent” down=”50″][vc_column_text]

Preparing the property

We have found that a good relationship with Tenants is the key to a smooth-running tenancy. As Property Managers this relationship is our job, but it is important that the Tenants should feel comfortable in their temporary home, and that they are receiving value for their money. It follows therefore that a well presented and maintained property in a good decorative order will go towards this, whilst also achieving a higher rental figure. Tenants are also more inclined to treat such a property with greater respect.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent” down=”50″][vc_accordion active_tab=”false” collapsible=”yes” style=”boxed_accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”General Condition” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]Electrical, gas plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. Repairs and maintenance are at the Landlords expense unless misuse can be established. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Furnishings” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished. Which of these is appropriate will depend on the type of property and local market conditions. We will be pleased to give you advice on whether to furnish or not and to what level. As a minimum you will need to provide decent quality carpets, curtains and light fittings. Remember that there will be wear and tear on the property and any items provided.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Personal items, ornaments etc.” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]Personal possessions, ornaments, pictures, books etc. should be removed from the premises, especially those of real or sentimental value. Some items may be boxed, sealed and stored in the loft at the owner’s risk. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the Tenant’s own use.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Gardens” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns cut. Tenants are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard, provided they are left the necessary tools. However, few Tenants are experienced gardeners, and if you value your garden, or if it is particularly large, you may wish us to arrange visits by our regular gardener.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Cleaning” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]At the commencement of the tenancy the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition, and at the end of each tenancy it is the Tenants’ responsibility to leave the property in a similar condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning will be arranged at their expense.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Information for Tenant” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]It is helpful if you leave information for the Tenant, e.g. on operating the central heating and hot water system, washing machine and alarm system, and the day refuse is collected etc.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Keys” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]You should provide one set of keys for each Tenant. Where we will be managing we will arrange to have duplicates cut as required.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_separator type=”transparent” down=”50″][vc_column_text]

Other Considerations

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent” down=”50″][vc_accordion active_tab=”false” collapsible=”yes” style=”boxed_accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Mortgage” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]If your property is mortgaged, you should obtain your mortgagee’s written consent to the letting. They may require additional clauses in the tenancy agreement of which you must inform us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Leaseholds” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]If you are a leaseholder, you should check the terms of your lease, and obtain any necessary written consent before letting.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Insurance” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]You should ensure that you are suitably covered for letting under both your buildings and contents insurance. Failure to inform your insurers may invalidate your policies. We can provide information on Landlords Legal Protection, Rent Guarantee Cover and Landlords Contents and Buildings Insurance if required.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Bills and Regular Outgoings” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]We recommend that you arrange for regular outgoings e.g. service charges, maintenance contracts etc. to be paid by standing order or direct debit. However where we are managing the property, by prior written agreement we may make payment of certain bills on your behalf, provided such bills are received in your name at our office, and that sufficient funds are held to your credit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Council Tax and Utility Accounts” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]We will arrange for the transfer of Council Tax and utility accounts to the Tenant. Meter readings will be taken, allowing your closing gas and electricity accounts to be drawn up. All these matters we will handle for you, however British Telecom will require instructions directly from both the Landlord and the Tenant.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Income Tax” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]When resident in the UK, it is entirely the Landlords responsibility to inform the Revenue & Customs of rental income received, and to pay any tax due. Where the Landlord is resident outside the UK during a tenancy, he will require an exemption certificate from the Revenue & Customs before he can receive rental balances without deduction of tax. Where we are managing the property we will provide advice and assistance on applying for such exemption.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”The Inventory” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]It is most important that an inventory of contents and schedule of condition be prepared, in order to avoid misunderstanding or dispute at the end of a tenancy. Without such safeguards, it will be impossible for the Landlord to prove any loss, damage, or significant deterioration of the property or contents. In order to provide a complete Service, we will if required arrange for a member of staff to prepare an inventory and schedule of condition, at the cost quoted in our Agency Agreement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]Most tenancies will automatically be Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), provided the rent is under £100,000 a year and the property is let to private individuals. Tenancies are usually granted for an initial fixed term of either 6 to 12 months. When the fixed term has expired the landlord is able to regain possession of the property provided he gives two months written notice to the tenant.

New rules on gaining possession via Section 21 apply to tenancies created on or after 1 October 2015. For more details please speak to one of our representatives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”yes” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” background_color=”#edede8″ padding_top=”100″ padding_bottom=”100″ z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Health and Safety, and other Legal Requirements

The following requirements are the responsibility of the owner (Landlord). Where we are managing the property they are also our responsibility. Therefore where we are managing we will ensure compliance, any costs of which will be the responsibility of the landlord.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent” down=”50″][vc_accordion active_tab=”false” collapsible=”yes” style=”boxed_accordion”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Booklet: “How to rent: the checklist for renting in England“” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]Update: 25/09/2015. New regulations come into force on the 1st of October 2015. They introduce new obligations on landlords to provide specific information to their tenants, and restrictions on the use of the Section 21 Notice.
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) new regulations introduce new obligations on landlords to provide specific information to their tenants, and restrictions on the use of the section 21 Notice no fault possession procedure if they fail to do so.
The new regulations will only apply to new tenancies from 1st October 2015, and then to all tenancies from October 1st 2018.
From 01/10/2015 landlords will become responsible for giving tenants a booklet called “How to rent: the checklist for renting in England”.
For more information please contact us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Gas” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]Annual safety check: Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 all gas appliances and flues in rented accommodation must be checked for safety at least every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. They must be maintained in a safe condition at all times, records kept for at least 2 years, and a copy of the safety certificate given to each new tenant before their tenancy commences.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Electrical” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]There are several regulations relating to electrical installations, equipment and appliance safety, and these affect landlords and their agents in that they are ‘supplying in the course of business’. They include the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Plugs and Sockets Regulations 1994, the 2005 Building Regulation – ‘Part P, and British Standard BS1363 relating to plugs and sockets. Although with tenanted property there is currently no legal requirement for an electrical safety certificate (except in the case of all HMOs) it is now widely accepted in the letting industry that the only safe way to ensure safety, and to avoid the risk of being accused of neglecting your ‘duty of care’, is to arrange such an inspection and certificate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Fire” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989 & 1993) provide that specified items supplied in the course of letting property must meet minimum fire resistance standards. The regulations apply to all upholstered furniture, beds, headboards and mattresses, sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles, nursery furniture, garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling, scatter cushions, pillows and non-original covers for furniture. They do not apply to antique furniture or furniture made before 1950, and certain other items. Non-compliant items must be removed before a tenancy commences.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]All properties built since June 1992 must have been fitted with mains powered smoke detector alarms from new. Although there is no legislation requiring smoke alarms to be fitted in other ordinary tenanted properties (except HMOs), it is generally considered that the common law ‘duty of care’ means that Landlords and their Agents could be liable should a fire cause injury or damage in a tenanted property where smoke alarms are not fitted. We therefore strongly recommend that the Landlord fit at least one alarm on each floor (in the hall and landing areas).

Update:
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 come into force on 1st October 2015. Landlords and managing agents may be liable to a £5000 fine if they fail to comply. The new legislation requires that all landlords must install a working smoke alarm on every floor of a property as well as carbon monoxide detectors in rooms where solid fuel appliances are present. For more information please contact us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Is your property a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]If your property is on 3 or more levels and let to 5 or more tenants comprising 2 or more households (i.e. not all of the same family) it will be subject to mandatory licensing by your local authority. Whether mandatory licensing as above applies or not, if there are 3 or more tenants not all related in any property, it is still likely to be an HMO, and special Management rules will apply.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”The Housing Health and Safety Rating System” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]The HHSRS provides an analysis of how hazardous a property is through assessment of 29 potential hazards found in housing. Landlords have to maintain their properties to provide a safe and healthy environment. The HHSRS is enforced by local authorities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Tenancy Deposit Protection” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]All deposits taken by landlords and letting agents under Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales must be protected by a tenancy deposit protection scheme. To avoid any disputes going to court, each scheme is supported by an alternative dispute resolution service (ADR). Landlords and letting agents can choose between two types of scheme; a single custodial scheme and two insurance-based schemes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Disability Discrimination” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]From October 2010, the Equality Act replaced much of the Disability Discrimination Act of 2005. However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply. These Acts define disabled peoples rights in respect of premises that are let or to be let. Landlords and managers of let/to let premises are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)” title_color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#536566″][vc_column_text]Since 1st October 2008 landlords in England and Wales offering property for rent are required by law to provide prospective tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate for their property. In Scotland EPCs for rental properties have been required since January 2009. The certificates must be provided free either when (or before) any written information about the property is provided to prospective tenants or a viewing is conducted. An EPCs is valid for 10 years. We can arrange an EPC inspection for our landlord clients upon request.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_separator type=”transparent” down=”50″][vc_column_text]The above is a brief summary of landlords’ responsibilities and of the laws surrounding tenanted property. We hope that you find it useful. If there are any aspects of which you are unsure, please ask us. We look forward to being of assistance to you in the letting and management of your property.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row]