Preparing for a New Tenancy

When one tenancy ends, it’s time to start preparing for your next occupant.

If you are working with an agent, they will be able to take care of all your tenancy agreements, handling of deposits and inventory arrangements. However, it is worth knowing the process between each tenancy.

Step One: Prepare an inventory

It is important that you take a thorough inventory of your property, with photos, at the start of each tenancy. This is to avoid potential disputes over damage to the property with your tenant. The inventory should list all fixed and freestanding items within the home, their condition, and the location. Agents and professional inventory companies can help you with this, or you can even look online for some inspiration.

Step Two: Check smoke alarms

Since October 2015, you as a landlord are legally obliged to ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are installed and in working order when a tenancy begins. You will need to ensure that there is a functioning smoke alarm on each storey where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.

Step Three: Check your insurance

Tenants will be expected to purchase their own contents insurance however, it is your responsibility to provide adequate buildings insurance. If you are letting the property furnished, it is also a good idea to take out cover for these items, although you will have to let your insurance company know you are renting the property as it could affect the premium.

Step Four: Preparing the property for your new tenant

You must ensure that the property is clean and tidy for your next tenant. It not only creates a welcoming environment for the tenant, but it also sets the standard that you expect from them. Between tenancies is also a good time to make those smaller non-urgent repairs.

Just before the new tenants moves in, we also recommend…

  • Taking away any mail that may have arrived in between tenancies.
  • Check the keys to the property work.
  • Leave the new tenant practical instructions about the property including security codes, where to find stopcocks and meters etc.
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