Preparing for Letting
To achieve the best possible rental level it is important to present the property in it’s best possible condition. Remember first impressions count!
⇒Remove all clutter
⇒Keep décor neutral wherever possible
⇒Avoid patterned carpet
⇒Ensure any general maintenance is up to date
⇒Ensure the property is thoroughly clean, in particular the kitchen and bathroom
⇒Ensure the garden or yard is neat and tidy
In addition to the annual GAS SAFETY INSPECTION, which is mandatory, we also recommend the installation of SMOKE ALARMS (at least two), a CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR (close to any gas appliances) and an electrical FIXED WIRING TEST. An ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE will also be required and must be available to view prior to the start of any tenancy. Please see the EPC section on this website for further details.
Guide & Information
Your property is a valuable asset and provided a few simple steps are followed, letting your property can be a profitable and stress free experience. We are here to assist you every step of the way. We can also offer free impartial advice on potential purchases should you wish to add to your portfolio or if you are a new landlord.
Once you have instructed us to act on your behalf, you can relax, knowing that your property is in safe hands. Using state of the art computer software, allied to our extensive local knowledge and experience, we endeavour to match your property with a suitable tenant that is right for you. We actively market your property via the local press, internet portals, our website and eye catching ‘To Let’ board. Potential tenants are then assessed to their suitability and if required, accompanied to view your property. Subject to satisfactory replies to reference enquires, a tenancy can then be agreed. Prior to the tenant taking possession we will collect the initial rent together with the security deposit.
If you have selected our complete management service, when a tenant has taken possession we can collect the rent, inspect the property at regular intervals and arrange for any normal maintenance work (for which the landlord is responsible). Our fees will be deducted from the rental income, the balance of which will be forwarded to you in a monthly statement of income and expenditure.
Central Property Lettings are registered with the Deposit Protection Service. https://www.depositprotection.com/
For full details of our services and fees please click: Landlord’s Guide 2015 updated Jan 2018
EPC – Energy Performance Certificate
As from October 2008 an Energy Performance Certificate is legally required on all new rentals in accordance with EU directive. This certificate must be issued before any written information about the property is provided and before any viewing take place.
What is an EPC?
An EPC is a certificate that gives new tenants information on the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of the property. The format of the certificate consists of two separate ratings;
The Energy Efficiency Rating measures the overall impact of the properties efficiency and the levels of wastage. The current and potential ratings are given and will be classified from A – G according to how high or low the running costs are.
The Environmental Impact Rating estimates the impact in Co2 emissions that the property has on the environment. The current and potential ratings are given and will be classified from A – G according to how environmentally friendly the property is.
These ratings also take into consideration standard assumptions about occupancy, heating patterns and geographical location. A recommendation report is also included.
What is the recommendation report?
The recommendation report gives advice on how money and energy can be saved in the property. However, these are only recommendations and not requirements.
How much does an EPC cost?
£60.00 (INC VAT)
How often does an EPC need to be renewed?
The EPC is valid for 10 years regardless of how often the tenancy changes. However, should the owner wish to renew the EPC due to renovations that may improve the properties rating. The certificate may be renewed before the end of the 10 years.
For further information: EPC Guide