We offer an independent assessment of your property by one of our trained and experienced members of staff. This is free of charge and with absolutely no obligation. We will also offer advice on any other actions you need to take before you let the property including necessary repairs or refurbishments.
It's important that you set a rent that is competitively priced, fair and achievable. Using our extensive knowledge of the local rental market, we will assess how much your property could fetch in the current climate. Our rental valuation will take into consideration the location, size, standard and condition of the property and whether it will be let furnished, part furnished or unfurnished.
During the assessment we will be happy to discuss the letting process with you and answer your questions. If you are a first time landlord you will have plenty of opportunity to find out more about what is involved in letting a residential property.
Effective Advertising & Marketing
We use all the major property websites including Rightmove and onthemarket.com. This gives your rental property the highest possible online exposure, whichever device your potential tenant uses. Once instructed, one of the first things we do is to match a property with our list of waiting tenants and send them your property particulars by email or alerts via SMS text message. High quality photography is fundamental to presenting your rental property in the best possible way. We take the time to capture the best picture of each room and show off its best features, ensuring every picture looks professional.
Securing The Most Suitable Tenant(s)
As a landlord, you will need peace of mind that the right tenants will be living in your property. All potential tenants are qualified by us before they apply to rent the property to ensure that they will be suitable. All property viewings are accompanied and conducted by a fully trained member of our team and we provide prompt and honest feedback.
We will keep you up-to-date on progress and will let you know as soon as someone applies to rent your property. We take up tenant references and credit checks on your behalf using a specialist referencing agency. This vetting process is a critical step in securing a reliable tenant for you.
Energy Performance Certificate
All properties for rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before any marketing or viewings can take place. An EPC rates energy efficiency and its environmental impact and is valid for ten years for rental properties. A copy of the EPC must be made available to tenants before entering into a tenancy agreement. If you do not have an EPC for your property, Montagues can arrange an inspection for you.
Gas Safety Certificate
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, landlords have a legal obligation to make sure all gas pipework, appliances, fittings and flues are safe to use and maintained in a safe condition. Every gas appliance and flue must be tested for gas safety every 12 months. A Gas Safety record must be provided to existing tenants within 28 days of the annual safety check, or to new tenants before they move in, and you must keep copies yourself for two years. All installation, maintenance and safety checks must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. We can arrange this for you.
Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations 2010
Upholstered furniture and soft furnishings supplied in a rented property must comply with current regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, bed frames, mattresses, headboards, sofabeds, pillows, cushions, seat pads and any garden furniture that may be used indoors. Items which comply will have a suitable permanent label attached. All non-compliant items must be removed before a tenant moves in. Bedding, carpets, curtains and any furniture made before 1950 are exempt.
Landlords are required to ensure that the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in safe condition. Although not a legal requirement, it is strongly recommended that you have the property inspected and tested by a registered electrician every five years and arrange Portable Appliance Testing (PAT test) once a year to ensure electrical appliances are safe and fit for purpose.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
New regulations introduced in October 2015 require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their rental property and test them at the start of every tenancy. And to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.
Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
If you own a property and rent it out, your local council may decide to do an HHSRS inspection. Inspectors look at 29 health and safety areas.
Consent to Let
If your property is mortgaged, you must obtain written consent to let from your mortgage lender. If it is leasehold, your lease may require written consent from your landlord before you can sub-let.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
If your property is let to at least three tenants who share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities but are not from one household or family - sometimes called a "house share" - it is a House in Multiple Occupation' (HMO). Depending on the size of the property, the number of tenants and the area, you are likely to need an HMO licence from your local council plus an HHSRS inspection. We can advise you on this.
Landlords are required by law to take out buildings insurance for rental properties. We advise our clients to also consider contents insurance and policies to cover rent guarantee and legal expenses.