Landlords Frequently asked Questions
There is always a demand for property but it is true to say the traditional two up two down property with parking and some outside space is the most popular and is constantly in demand
This can lead to some obvious problems of things not being looked after as well as you had hoped and also the tenants do not feel like it is their home. So generally we advise unfurnished is the best approach.
99% of tenants pay their rent without any problems but sometimes circumstances change and you may find the odd bad apple despite rigorous checks. There are rent guarantee policies you can take out for peace of mind – which we can discuss with you. However if you have not taken this cover there are procedures for giving notice and this is where it is helpful to have an agent to deal with this on your behalf. It is very important to give the correct notice on the correct date.
We would say if they are built into the kitchen (many new builds are) then clearly leave them in. Most tenants expectations of what they want in their kitchen has increased over the years. They do like a fridge/freezer, cooker, dishwasher, washing machine. However we generally say washing machines can be costly if the tenant does not use properly and leaves coins in pockets. So maybe do not include one. All appliances that are not built in will require a “PAT” test (Portable Appliance Test) Leave in what you are happy to leave and if not providing white goods then perhaps ensure there is enough space and plumbing facilities to cater for a washing machine and dishwasher. You can get Home Care via British Gas for maintenance of white goods, should you decide to leave some in.