A landlords work is never finished, one tenant moves out and another moves in. But there are a number of things that you need to do when the initial tenant leaves to get it ready for the new arrivals. Below, we’ve put together a list of all the things that need to be done to help save you time.
There is nothing worse than moving into a new property to a dirty oven or fridge. It can lead to a damaged relationship between to the tenant and landlord and could lead to a bad review. You may choose to hire professional cleaning services or clean yourself. Either way, you need to make sure the property is in clean condition.
Maintenance is nearly always needed after a tenancy is finished. Whether it’s filling in holes and chips or replacing loose roof tiles, the property needs to be in working order. Don’t worry about financing these maintenance issues, as this should come out of the deposit of the previous tenant or the wear and tear allowance.
Safety checks are essentially a legal obligation, and what better time to carry them out than between tenancies? This may include checking whether or not the Energy Performance Certificate needs updating.
Gas checks are a must, and must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
As of October 2015, smoke detectors in properties have become a legal requirement. Carbon monoxide alarms must also be fitted in a room within the house where there is a fuel burning appliance, such as an open fire.
Garden and outdoor space
If your property has outdoor space, you may want to include garden maintenance within your contract with tenants. However, some landlords choose to manage this themselves. Carrying out garden maintenance may help you to acquire new tenants more quickly if they are able to see an outdoor space that they can enjoy..
Welcoming New Tenants
When your new tenants, it may be a nice idea to leave them a bottle of wine or a note welcoming them. This will help to reinforce that you really care about the property and will help to establish a good relationship.