Landlord Guide

Landlord Guide

Being a landlord can be daunting, however if carried out correctly it can also be very rewarding.  Boydens have been providing services to landlords in the local area for over 50 years and so we are well placed to help you fulfill your requirements as a landlord and most importantly enjoy it.  We have put together some brief information on the key aspects of being a landlord.  If you have any further queries or questions, please feel free to call in to your local office and speak to our professionally trained and friendly staff.

Finance Act 1995

Boydens are required to retain tax at the basic rate (less deductibles) from the rent they collect on behalf of all overseas landlords.  You may apply for exemption by contacting HMRC and completing the relevant NRL form.  Please ensure that all forms submitted quote our reference number of NA010223 to ensure that we receive the required exemption notice permitting us to pay rent to you without any tax deductions.  Further information on this and how to apply can be found here and here

Preparing your Property

To ensure you get the best possible tenants it is worth considering how your property will be viewed.  Now is the time to address any of those little DIY issues, such as lose curtain rails and non-closing kitchen cabinets.

Cleanliness is a key factor when preparing your property for let so if possible we would always recommend that the property be professionally cleaned throughout including carpets.  By presenting the property to this level you are setting the standard in which you expect the property to be returned and are more likely to attract a caring tenant.  We will be happy to arrange this on your behalf.

Smoke detectors

Under the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms (England) Regulations 2015, all landlords are required to ensure that there is a smoke detector fitted on each occupied floor and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room where there is a solid fuel burning appliance.  We will be more than happy to arrange this for you.

Furnished or unfurnished

The majority of properties are provided unfurnished, with the exception of white goods in the kitchen which most tenants expect.  It is important to note that the landlord has a liability under The Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993 to ensure that all relevant furniture provided confirms to these regulations.  Further advice can be found on this here.  

Insurance

Whilst it is not a requirement of the tenancy, it is recommended that you have in place buildings and contents insurance (the tenant will be responsible for insuring their own possessions).  We work with an insurance provider Let Alliance and will be happy to help you obtain a quote.  You are not required to purchase the insurance directly from Let Alliance.

Rent Guarantee & Legal Insurance

All landlords who subscribe to one of our managed services will benefit from a comprehensive rent guarantee and legal insurance.  The policy has no excess and will cover your full rent up to £2,500 a month to a maximum claim of £50,000.  The legal insurance will protect your position in the event that possession is required due to a breach of contract, subject to terms.

Mail

There is no legal requirement for a tenant to forward post to a landlord once the tenancy has commenced as such we strongly recommend that a mail redirection be put in place in plenty of time prior to the tenancy.  We are not able to forward all mail to landlords once the tenancy has commenced due to the volume.  

Section 11 The Landlord & Tenant Act 1985

This legislation states the mandatory requirements of a landlord and are as follows:
· The structure of the property must be in good repair, condition and working order, including the drains, gutters and down pipes.
· The installation of gas, electric and water must in be in good repair and working order.
· The sanitary appliances must be in good repair and working order.
· The installations for heating water and space heating must be in good repair and working order.
· The tenant must be allowed “quiet enjoyment” without harassment.  

Council Tax and Utilities

Once the tenant has commenced the tenant will be liable for all costs associated with council tax and utilities, however as a landlord you will be liable for these costs during the vacant period.

Our Services

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Useful Websites

Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)

Association of Professional Inventory Providers (APIP)

Let Alliance

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)