What Happens at the End of the Tenancy Agreement?

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As a landlord, there may come a time when your tenant decides to vacate your property but what’s the next step for your property investment to ensure you can get a quick turnaround? In our HandyExperts checklist, we’ll break this down into bitesize pieces for you to consider:

An Inspection
Whether you are working with an agent or managing the let yourselves, it doesn’t hurt to go and inspect your property. It may have been a while since you last visited and if so, you may want to see what your current position is with your investment. This would be the ideal time to start making a ‘to-do’ list.

Does your Property Require a Deep Clean?
Whilst we know it’s the tenant’s responsibility to ensure they clean the property to the standard when they first moved in, this sometimes doesn’t happen to your satisfaction. Therefore, it would be suggested to look at booking an end of tenancy deep clean with a local professional as well at the earliest opportunity.

Take an Inventory
When the tenant first moved in, there would have been an inventory created. Taking your time to inspect this inventory whilst you visit the property would be highly recommended. We appreciate your property agent may have carried this out for you, but it can do no harm to check it for yourself also. There may be some items that need repairing or replacing before your next tenant moves in.

How are the Appliances?
If you have integrated appliances (ie washing machine, dishwasher or fridge/freezer) it would be advisable to ensure that these are in good working order. Do they need replacing? Are there any items missing? These appliances can be expensive to purchase and fit, but this is all a part of your investment for the long term. These items can be attractive to prospective tenants too!

Lick of Paint
Ask yourself, when was the last time your property had a lick of paint? It is suggested that homeowners redecorate every 3-4 years. In doing so, not only will you have a clean fresh look, but your property becomes more appealing to your prospective new tenants.

How Efficient is your Heating System?
You will be required by law to ensure that your central heating system meets the legal standards for letting your property. Employing the services of a local qualified heating engineer would be a strong recommendation for your investment. Have you ever consider having a ‘power flush’? Talk to us about how we could help you with this.

The Electrics
Regulation 3 requires landlords to have their electrical installation inspected at intervals of no longer than every 5 years. When was the last time this was carried out in your property? With the new tenants potentially arriving in the coming weeks, now would be a great time to book in another test whilst the property is vacant.

What is the EPC Rating of your Property?
You may or not be aware that new legislation is just around the corner in that all properties to let must meet a minimum of a C rating by 2025. Now would be a great time to look at ensuring your property meets this requirement.

There you have it, our HandyExperts checklist is complete.

However, there are many other things to consider from loft insulations to ensuring the garden is in good order.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our checklist, reach out to our team where one of our trade experts will be able to help you turn your property investment around in quick time.

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