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General Guidelines for Letting Properties - Inventory services

A good relationship with tenants is the key to a smooth-running tenancy and but it is important that the tenants should feel comfortable in their rented home.

General condition
Electrical, gas, plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. Repairs and maintenance are at the landlord's expense unless misuse can be established.

Appliances such as washing machine, fridge freezer, cooker, dishwasher should be in usable condition. Repairs and maintenance are at the landlord's expense unless misuse can be established.

Personal items, ornaments
Personal possessions, ornaments, pictures, books etc. should be removed from the premises, especially those of real or sentimental value. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the tenant's own use.

Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish-free, with any lawns cut. Tenants are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard, provided they are left the necessary tools.

At the commencement of a tenancy the property should be in a thoroughly clean condition and at the end of each tenancy it is the tenant's responsibility to leave the property in similar condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning should be arranged at their expense.  Should you decide to have the property professionally cleaned prior to the tenancy start and a receipt is available then a photo of the receipt can be included within the inventory

Mail forwarding
Make use of the Post Office redirection service. Application forms are available at their counters, and the cost is minimal. It is not the tenant's responsibility to forward mail.

Information for the tenant
It is helpful if you leave information for the tenant on operating the central heating/hot water system, washing machine etc, any alarm system and the day that household refuse is collected.

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