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    Belvoir Lettings Swindon is part of the largest specialist letting franchises in the UK and recently won the title of Best Lettings Franchise at the Lettings Agency of the Year 2012 in association with The Sunday Times and the Times. We are one of the UK leading property management and Lettings agents offering a specialist service in residential lettings, property let, buy-to-let and property rental for tenants and landlords.
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Landlords - Properties Urgently Required 
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    Record Demand for Houses in Swindon!! 
    We are currently experiencing excellent rental demand in Swindon and have good quality applicants awaiting properties.


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    · Why Choose Belvoir?

    Belvoir appreciates the importance of taking care of their tenants and by ensuring that each one receives excellent customer service:

    Belvoir will ensure;

    · Ensure properties are let legally

    · Have a vast range of available properties for tenants to rent

    · Accompany tenants on all viewings

    · Accommodate tenant requirements

    · Safeguard deposits in a government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme

    · Protect your investment

    We are a founding member of the SAFEAgent scheme, which is a kitemark designed to identify agents who are part of Government-backed Tenancy Deposit Schemes.

    At Belvoir, we are local specialists, which mean we really know our local area and can offer advice on a range of properties that are close to schools, businesses and health care facilities.

    Our fully-trained award-winning team ensure all properties are let correctly - A happy tenancy is a problem-free tenancy!

    Belvoir aims to provide the best possible service to landlords and tenants. Our fully trained staff ensure that all of our offices operate under the highest standards of professional conduct.

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    Landlord Advice....


    Tenancy Deposit Advice

    A deposit is collected from the tenant to safeguard against damage. At the end of the tenancy we will inspect the property and the costs of any work required will be deducted from the deposit.

    As a landlord, it's important that you ensure the tenants deposit is protected in a Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme within 30 days of receipt. The Housing Act 2004 came into effect on 6 April 2007, and made provision for the protection of tenancy deposits and the resolution of disputes over their return. All deposits taken for Assured Shorthold Tenancies after this date must be covered by a Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme. Any disputes will be referred to the dispute resolution service of the Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme.

    We are a SAFEagent.

    Belvoir is a founding member of the pioneering SAFEagent scheme (www.safeagents.co.uk). SAFE (Safe Agent Fully Endorsed) represents firms that protect landlords' and tenants' money through a Client Money Protection Schemes.

    Utility Bill Liabilities Advice

    Generally, it is the tenants' responsibility to make the payment of water rates, council tax, gas, electricity, telephone bills and the television licence. It might be a good idea to check that all the bills have switched into the tenants name as soon as your new tenants move in, otherwise you may receive some unexpected bills. At the end of the tenancy, the tenants are responsible for notifying the relevant service providers and local authority to ensure that the services are returned to the landlords' name.

    Gas Safety Regulation Advice

    As a landlord, you have legal responsibilities for the safety of your tenants. A landlord must ensure that the property's gas appliances and installations are properly maintained and are fully checked every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

    You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to any new or existing tenant.

    Belvoir are able to organise gas safety checks on behalf of landlords using specialised engineers. As your agent, it is essential that we are in possession of a copy of the valid gas safety certificate before we can release keys to a tenant for move-in.Inventory Advice

    Each time the property is let, an inventory report is taken before the start of a tenancy. The report is a detailed check-in and check-out inventory which is designed to provide you with a comprehensive report of your property, its condition, and its contents. It will serve as evidence of the condition of the property before the tenants move in. This way it will help to protect you if there are any disputes at the end of the tenancy.

    Advice about the Landlord's Duty of Care

    All landlords have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their tenant. Looking after a rental property should be taken very seriously, and landlords who neglect to maintain properties adequately may find themselves in breach of section 11, of the Landlord and Tenant Act. Landlords must take reasonable provisions to avoid supplying an unsafe environment for tenants. In the event of an incident in a property, the landlord must be able to demonstrate that they have provided a duty of care to their tenants. Electrical items can only be shown to be safe, if tested professionally and regularly. Landlords must also show that appliances are safe and furniture adheres to fire safety regulations.

    It can be much more convenient for a landlord to have an agent to deal with maintenance issues. Under the terms of Belvoir's full management service we can act on the landlord's behalf and take swift action to resolve problems.



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    · Landlord Service Levels.....


    Depending on how you would like to manage your property there are two main Landlord Service Levels that Belvoir can provide:

    Full Management

    · Advice on rental value

    · Source a suitable tenant

    · Arrange property viewing

    · Take up references and credit checks

    · Draw up a suitable tenancy agreement

    · Take a Statement of Condition

    · Collecting the rent and accounting to you monthly

    · Conduct regular property inspections

    · Advise on any repairs that may be necessary

    · Provide information on insurance and tax matters

    Let Only Service

    · Advice on rental value

    · Source a suitable tenant

    · Arrange property viewing

    · Take up references and credit checks

    · Draw up a suitable tenancy agreement & Inventory

    · Take a Statement of Condition

    · Collect initial money due from the tenant

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Tenants Guide to Renting a Property 
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    Renting your home can be beneficial for many reasons. Renting can be cheaper than owning your home and bills can be more predictable too, which is great news for those who prefer stable finances. With fewer outgoings, you can save more money.

    Renting offers more flexibility - you can move somewhere new relatively quickly which is useful if you plan a new job or are going away to study in the near future. Also, it's less stress than being a homeowner as you won't need to pay for property maintenance - most of that will be done for you by your landlord.

    Whether you want to rent a house or flat, the rental process is the same. Rental properties usually become available about two months before the end of tenancy date, so where possible it is worthwhile to start looking early.

    This tenant guide will provide you with advice and information on how to secure a rental property, and help you understand tenancy agreements and inventories. At Belvoir we are devoted to helping you find your ideal home and we have your best interests in mind.


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    Finding a rental property
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    Firstly you should think about the kind of property you would like to rent. You need to know what your priorities are, as it can be difficult to find everything you want in one property. An important decision to make early on is if you want a furnished or unfurnished property. However, some unfurnished properties now come with modern appliances such as a fridge and washing machine, so its always a good tip to ask the landlord or agent exactly what's included.

    Tell your local Belvoir office exactly what type of property you are looking for, with lots of properties to choose from, we'll help you find your ideal home.

    Things to consider:

    · Number of bedrooms and bathrooms

    · Bath or Shower

    · Furnished/unfurnished

    · Storage space

    · Parking

    · Separate/open plan kitchen and dining room

    · Garden

    · Energy efficiency

    Budget

    To work out what rent you could afford monthly, total your monthly expenses (not including the rental estimate) and subtract this amount from your monthly income. The final figure is a rough guide of what figure is affordable for rent each month. Use this figure as an estimate when you're searching, if you tell your Belvoir office we can suggest suitable properties that meet your requirements.

    Finding the right location will have an impact on your lifestyle and the property you choose. Your local Belvoir office will be able to provide useful information about house prices, local schools, transport links and other local amenities. This will help you choose an area with confidence.

    Once you've found a rental property you like, book a viewing as early as possible. There is high demand for properties in the rental market and if you find a property you love, it's best to move fast to secure it. Contact your local Belvoir office and we can accommodate a viewing time to suit your schedule.

    A referencing check is just to make sure that you're a suitable tenant and are able to pay your rent. We will also check to make sure that you have rented a property without any major problems in the past and we will ask for an administration fee (Except in Scotland). Be aware that if you fail any of the necessary checks, you may not be considered for the property.


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    Referencing criteria:
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     Three years' address history

    · Employment details

    · Confirmation of earnings

    · If self-employed evidence of the last three years' account details

    · Current landlord details

    · Your bank account details

    Only once you've paid the deposit is the property truly secured.

    The deposit is usually between one/two months' rent and it is held for the duration of the tenancy. This deposit is held as cover for any damages that may occur and need to be repaired at the end of your tenancy.

    Belvoir protect your deposit with a government-authorised Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme.

    We will organise for both you and the landlord to sign the tenancy agreement which sets out the terms of the tenancy. After which, you will be given the keys to your new property!

    Enjoy your new home from all at Belvoir!


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    · Insurance for Tenants
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    At Belvoir, we make insurance easy, allowing you to pick and choose the perfect cover no matter where you're living or how much you want to insure. Contents insurance protects your belongings from the things that are out of your control, such as accidental damage, fire, flood and theft.Protecting you as a tenant

    We'll protect you against the accidental damage that might be caused to your landlord's glass and bathroom fittings.

    Flexible payment options

    Pay in one go or spread the cost monthly. It's up to you.

    Manage your account online

    You'll have access to your own secure online account, so you can manage your policy in your own time, 24 hours a day.

    No claims discount

    For every year you don't make a claim on your insurance, we'll reward you with a 'no claims discount'.

    Do you work from home?

    Let us know and we'll cover the business equipment you have at home, whether you use it for work or pleasure - at no extra cost.

    Your music's covered

    As well as providing insurance for your gadgets, we'll also cover the music you've purchased and downloaded. Make sure you include the level of cover you need for music when you get a quote.

    We can move with you

    If you move house, there's no need to cancel, we can move with you. Just give us a call, let us know your new details and we can make the necessary arrangements.

    Tailor your protection by adding additional cover options such as:

    Cover when you're away from home

    Add extra protection by insuring the personal possessions you take outside your home against loss or theft, including while you're abroad.

    Home emergency cover

    Have added peace of mind that you have 24 hour 'first aid protection' for your rental home in the case of an essential service failing, such as your central heating breaking during a cold snap, or securing your property following a break in.

    Accidental damage cover

    Help to protect your deposit by adding accidental damage cover to fully protect not only your contents, but the landlord's contents you're responsible for under your tenancy agreement.

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