A first for the Perthshire property market!
Thinking about letting a property or not satisfied with your current agent?
Our highly experienced and qualified lettings staff will be on hand on Saturday 8th September between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to provide you with guidance and advice to help you confidently let your property, whatever stage you are at in the process. And, if you decide to use our fully managed service or switch from another agent, there’s no management fees for the first 3 months.
If you are letting property, it’s cruicial you understand the market and your responsibilities. There are a lot of rules in place that apply to landlords, from making sure you understand the law, to protecting yourself from problem tenants and setting the rent at the right level.
So, how can we help?
We are one of the largest and most respected agencies in the area. All of our lettings staff are experienced in the local market and are qualified in line with the Scottish Government’s Letting Agent Code of Practice training requirements.
PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL TENANCY
One of the biggest changes facing landlords is the introduction of the Scottish Private Residential Tenancy which came into force at the end of 2017. This new form of tenancy has no minimum period and continues indefinitely, unless the tenant wants to leave or the landlord terminates using a prescribed ground for eviction.
Our lettings staff are fully trained in all aspects, documents and associated processes relating to Private Residential Tenancies and the legal obligations which apply to landlords, so they will be able to provide you with accurate advice and support.
We have also produced an enhanced version of the tenancy which provides more security for our clients and includes all the mandatory clauses outlined by the Scottish Government.
Setting the Rent and Finding Suitable Tenants
Knowing how much to charge tenants for your rental property can feel like a minefield. Go too high and you might struggle to attract tenants; go too low and you’ll be losing out on potential income. Our experienced staff can advise on what rent to charge based on key factors relating to your property (such as location, features, condition and target market) and what other landlords in the area are charging for similar sized properties with similar features.
Selecting the right tenants for a property is an important decision. We can talk you through the processes we have in place to help select tenants who will pay their rent on time and take good care of your property.
Making Sure Your Property is Looked After
We can advise on property inventories and regular property inspections to help spot any problems before they escalate and look out for signs of damage that show tenants may not be treating the property well. Identifying these issues sooner rather than later can save you major hassle, stress and expense in the long term. We also give tenants access to an on-line maintenance portal which allows them to accurately record repair issues, provides them with advice on what to do in certain situations and is available in several languages.
Our qualified staff can provide advice on everything you need to know about your landlord obligations and how we can help you meet these. Here’s just a selection of what we can help you with:
• Landlord Registration – all private landlords in Scotland are required to register with the local authority where they are or will be renting out property.
• Tenancy Deposit Scheme – landlords must use an approved scheme to protect deposits until they are due to be repaid and provide the tenant with key information about the tenancy and deposit.
• Tenant Information Pack – landlords have a legal duty to provide new tenants with this pack, which provides important information to tenants in the private rented sector.
• Repairing Standard – Landlords must carry out a pre-tenancy check of their property to identify work required to meet the minimum standard and notify tenants of any such work. Landlords also have a duty to repair and maintain their property from the tenancy start date and throughout the tenancy.
• Alarms & Detectors – the Repairing Standard also includes a duty to install smoke alarms and heat and carbon monoxide detectors and there is strict guidelines on the number and positioning of these.
• Energy Performance Certificate – all Landlords must provide this before their property can be let.
• Gas Safety Checks – all properties with gas are required to be checked by a Gas Safe Engineer annually and a certificate given to the tenant.
• Electrical Testing – there is a legal duty to conduct five yearly electrical checks of the fixed wiring and any electrical appliances supplied in privately rented homes.
• Legionnaire’s disease – landlords have a duty to carry out a risk assessment of hot and cold water systems to check for this.
• Whatever your situation, we would be delighted to help you and answer all the questions you may have.
Prefer a chat over the phone? Give us a call on 01738 442255. You can also message us on Facebook or email: email@example.com.
**A BIT ABOUT US**
• Multi-award winning agency including Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Award for Excellence in Customer Service
• Qualified Lettings Staff: bit.ly/2v6w9fN
• Fantastic client reviews: bit.ly/2OxAxfX
• Member of the Scottish Association of Letting Agents
• We have let more properties in Perthshire than any other agent for the year to date*
* Based on official Statistics from Rightmove