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Landlords guide
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    Here at Strats we pride ourselves on providing good quality properties that give value for money for students and a consistent and reliable investment yield for landlords. We therefore require all of our rentable properties to conform to minimum standards. Quality properties attract quality tenants, who are more likely to respect landlords properties.
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    Landlord Service

    Strats comprehensive Letting and Management contracts grow with your property investment portfolios. From Let Only to Fully Managed Portfolios, we have a contract that is just right for you.

    Our contracts have everything covered at a price that keeps your wallet happy and your properties continuously producing yield. Why not call our professional and friendly team to find out how we can make being a landlord a lot more profitable and stress free.

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    HMO's - House in Multiple Occupation

    A house is classed as an HMO if:

    • three or more unrelated people live there as at least 2 separate households - for example, 3 single people with their own rooms, or 2 couples each sharing a room
    • the people living there share basic amenities - for example, a kitchen and/or bathroom.

    An HMO can be either:

    • a house split into separate bedsits
    • a shared house or shared flat, where people have separate renting agreements
    • a hostel
    • a bed-and-breakfast hotel that is not just for holidays
    • shared accommodation for students

    If you are unsure as to whether your home is an HMO, ask your local council to check if your home is registered as an HMO.

    Properties classed as HMOs come with additional landlord responsibilities

    • ensure contact details of the landlord are made available to the occupiers. Details must be clearly displayed in a common part of the HMO.
    • proper fire safety measures are in place
    • there should be smoke detectors in every bedroom and in communal areas and the kitchen must have a heat detector
    • annual gas safety checks are carried out
    • electrics are checked every 5 years
    • the property is not overcrowded
    • there are adequate cooking and washing facilities
    • communal areas and shared facilities are clean and in good repair
    • there are enough rubbish bins for everyone living in the house.

    These rules are there to reduce the risk of fire, and to make sure that people living in shared houses or flats have access to decent facilities.

    Your landlord must have registered and licensed your home as an HMO with the council if:

    • the property is at least 3 storeys high
    • 3 or more unrelated people live in it
    • there are 2 or more separate households living there.

    Licences usually last for 5 years but some councils grant them for shorter periods. When deciding whether to issue or renew a licence, the council will check that the property meets an acceptable standard. It will look at whether:

    • the property is large enough for the occupants
    • it is well managed.

    A landlord can be taken to court if the house or flat they're renting out is classed as an HMO but they haven't licensed it with the council.

    Your landlord is responsible for any repairs to communal areas of the house.

    They are also responsible for repairs to:

    • the structure and exterior of the house - including the walls, window frames and gutters
    • water and gas pipes
    • electrical wiring
    • basins, sinks, baths and toilets
    • fixed heaters (radiators) and water heaters.

    Individual tenants are usually responsible for minor repairs to their living areas and for fixing any items they own. You should check your rental agreement to find out who's responsible for what.

    For further information:

    Statutory Regulations for Tenants - http://www.welhat.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=1813&p=0

    HMO FAQ's - http://www.welhat.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3738

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Tenants Guide
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    Having found the property you want to move into, there are some very important things you need to consider:

    • Can you afford the rent?
    • How much is the deposit?
    • Does the landlord accept housing benefit?
    • How much is the council tax?
    • What bills are you responsible for?
    • Is the property is furnished or unfurnished?
    • Do you need a guarantor?
    • If you are entering into a shared tenancy, could you afford the rent if someone moved out?
    • Do you have pets?

    It is important that you read and fully understand your tenancy agreement before you sign it. Please ask us if there is anything you do not understand or contact:


    Shorthold Tenancy Agreements

    Tenant Responsibilities

    Rent Deposit Schemes

    Landlord's Responsibilities for Repairs

    Tenant's Responsibilities for Maintenance

    Responsibility for Decorations

    Residential Tenants Moving in Guide

    Priority of Repairs


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    Testimonials from Landlords

    • Landlord Testimonial

      Always very friendly
      Always very friendly when I go into the Office. Although they must have hundreds of landlords and tenants, they always address me by name.
      Marian Woolhouse
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      friendly and accommodating
      Whenever there has been a problem or something needed doing, all the staff of Strats have always been friendly and accommodating
      Andrea Ezekiel
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      Proactive and Highly Professional Agent
      Proactive and Highly Professional Agent. Always honouring their commitments.
      Louis Michael
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      first class
      The service over the years has been first class
      Mr & Mrs Tucker
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      handled exceptionally
      "I have been both the lettings and sales departments at Strats for a number of years in Hatfield. My lettings for all of my properties have always gone smoothly and swiftly and dealt with very professionally. When I agreed to sell Drovers Way the property was marketed excellently and sold with 48 hours of going to market. The sale was handled exceptionally and was updated constantly by the sales team."
      Mr A Mouzoure
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      Well recommended!
      Well recommended!
      I rented houses for 3 Years in the Hertfordshire area and Strats was by far the best letting estates I have been with. Strats are very fair with their prices and contract and very understanding of the financial situations that students have, therefore they are very flexible and reasonable with their prices. Unlike most estate agencies, if you have any issues with your property simply contact them and they will handle everything leaving you stress free and majority of the time your situation will be dealt within 24hrs! I would 100% recommended Strats to anyone at the Uni. HHertfordshire looking to rent a house as they are very are very professional and being previous students they understand the difficulties of student renting and will guide and handle everything on their behalf.
      Alan Man
    • Landlord Testimonial

      Everything was just as promised. All the staff are very professional. There was excellent communication between the estate agent and myself and they continued to help the rent go through until completion. We were very pleased with the service we received from Strats Estates& Letting Agents. The manager had a very good knowledge of local area and was very professional. We were very pleased with the property details and photos, they showed the property off to its best. We had good service from the whole team during the rent, particularly from George Doukanari. All phone calls were dealt with promptly. We would recommend them.

    Testimonials from Tenants

    • Tenant Testimonial

      Really accommodating
      Being away from home for University can be really tough and having to cope with the responsibility of running your own home just adds to it. What I found with the Guys (and girls!) at Strats, is that they understand the pressures we can be under and are really accommodating in helping to deal with them! If there are issues with a property, they make sure that they are dealt with swiftly. I had trouble paying rent recently and they are helped me find a solution. I think that Strats do a lot to dispel the bad reputation Estate Agents have and you really get the sense of a family run business when you step into the office!
      Lewis Gittens
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      Inspiring to say the least
      The general confidence created from the beginning of the rent by the whole team At the Strats office was inspiring to say the least, During the process there was constant communication from George Doukanari With an intelligent update. . Certainly a team to be highly recommended!!!
      Maria Stylianou
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