Top Tips for property and tenancy management

Top Tips for property and tenancy management

The role of a landlord can be a full time job, with 81% of British landlords juggling a second job to make ends meet.

Jake Willis, Co-founder of London Shared, believes that many property owners do not realise the amount of money, time and care required to be a landlord and as a result they feel constantly under a huge amount of pressure.
 
For those who are looking for a more hands-off approach, we recommend using property managers who can become the day to day point of contact for your tenants, and in turn alleviate some of that stress and responsibility placed on landlords.”

Here are five top tips for property and tenancy management by co-founder of London Shared, Jake Willis:

1. Check the law

There is a myriad of potential pitfalls that you can fall into when renting a property. As a bare minimum you need to have a valid gas safety certificate in place, smoke alarms on every level and a carbon monoxide alarm by the boiler and kitchen (if you have gas appliances). It is advisable that you check the legislation surrounding letting as there may be additional requirements depending on the type of property you have.


2. Use correct contracts

When letting a property you not only have to use a robust agreement but also follow the rules and regulations associated with them. As an example, with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement you need to always register the deposit within 30 days, and you need to give Tenants prescribed information regarding their deposit. You also need to give certain notices when terminating an agreement. If you are unsure what the process is, we suggest you speak to a professional (solicitor, estate agent or a property management company like London Shared) about exactly what is needed.

3. Vet your tenants properly

Evicting a non-rent paying tenant can cost you thousands of pounds and a lot of stress. Regardless of the checks you undertake, you can never know for certain that you have chosen the right tenant but you should at least check them as much as you can to minimise your risk. We would recommend using an independent company to carry out a reference check for you because you can then obtain rental guarantee insurance against the tenant.

4. Have a contingency plan

Failing to leave yourself with some emergency funds to cover vacancy is a huge error that unfortunately a lot of landlords can make. You should always have money aside to cover the mortgage in case finding tenants becomes difficult.

5. Fix things properly the first time

It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you skimp on certain things you will save money however, ultimately this can come back to haunt you. Rather than trying to deal with an issue on the cheap (which can then mean you have to do it more than once) it is always better to pay slightly more to make sure an issue is properly sorted the first time. Always use licensed, reputable contractors so that you can have confidence in their work and remedy if things go wrong.

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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