24 October 2017

It’s that time of year when the ghosts, witches and dastardly demons come out to play – Halloween.

Now, we all know that this is really just an excuse for people to dress up and have fun, but here at Alex Clark we know that protecting both landlords and tenants from ‘horrific’ situations is in everyone’s best interest.

If you are a landlord managing your own property you’ll want to know that your prospective tenants have been vetted and checked before they are allowed to get the keys to the front door. Bad tenants will cost you money. Not only will they be unreliable when it comes to rental payments, they could also damage your home. But remember, the deposit placed by the tenant needs to be protected by one of the many tenancy deposit protection schemes available.

Also, you have to keep up with safety and legal requirements and having to keep the property looking great and in working order is not simple, and by no means offers an easy life, especially if you have a portfolio of properties to take care of. Saying that, even one property can be tough as there is just so much to get right, and indeed, just so much that can go wrong.

Even the most well-maintained property can fall victim to disasters and catastrophes. There might be a freak storm that sends a tree through your roof or a fire that starts in the kitchen. You will need to be prepared to handle these emergencies, and not only will you have to solve the immediate problem; you’ll also need to do everything you can to prevent the problem from getting bigger.

Do you know what to do if a tenant dies in your rental property? That’s a horrifying thought, even at Halloween, and most landlords probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. But, accidents happen, and if it happens to you, you’ll need to know how to deal with it. This might also impact your ability to get the place rented out again. 

As a landlord, trying to deal with the day to day, month to month and year to year requirements of renting out a property or properties can be difficult to say the least, especially if you have a full time job, family life and you also would like a bit of spare time to enjoy life!

The best way to prevent problems from happening is by working with a professional management team like Alex Clark. We can make sure your property is in excellent condition before we even put it on the market. We can market the home to the most desirable tenants and do a thorough job of screening anyone who applies.

We are always up to speed with the latest legal safety issues and can deal with gas safety, electrical fittings safety, HMO regulations, licensing and much more.

When it comes to property maintenance and repairs it is up to you how involved you are. We offer a range of service levels to fit in with your requirements.

So why not have a chat to us and see how we can take the weight off your shoulders and help manage your property. You will be in the hands of one of the county’s leading and award –winning letting agencies who have a long list of satisfied landlords and tenants.