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.