Do I need an inventory?
Yes, as above, it is now essential that a professionally prepared Inventory is prepared for your property whether it is furnished or not. Without this you will be unable to claim anything from your tenants’ deposit should a claim be referred to the TDS for arbitration. The inventory is a very detailed document which records not only the freestanding items of furniture but more importantly the fixtures, fittings and floor coverings which in real terms are much more valuable.
What is an EPC for?
An EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate, states the energy efficiency of a property, providing a standardised rating so tenants can compare running costs between prospective homes. It’s mandatory for homeowners to purchase an EPC before putting their property on the market to let or sell.
Can I enter the property during a tenancy?
Yes; however, you will need to give your tenants suitable notice before doing so, usually 24 to 48 hours as the tenants’ ‘quiet enjoyment’ of the property must be respected. This access should not cause undue disruption to your tenants, but routine visits, usually on a 3 monthly basis, by either the landlord or their agent are not uncommon.
Who pays the council tax and TV licence?
Tenants are usually responsible for council tax, unless a landlord decides to include this in the rent. To save any confusion over liability, we recommend clearly stating your chosen arrangement in the tenancy agreement. If there is no tenant in place, council tax reverts to being the landlord’s responsibility. TV licenses are the liability of tenants. The exception is when a property is rented on a short let where all bills and the cost of the TV license, satellite TV and Wi-Fi is almost always included in the rent. Find out more information for landlords here.