Frequently Asked Questions:
What happens to my tenant deposit?
The tenant deposit is held with the landlord until the tenancy expires and the tenant moves out at which point an inspection is carried out to determine if all of the deposit will be refunded to the tenant.
Why should I use a letting agent?
Freedom, worry free, providing you with some distance between the tenant and you the landlord.
How can I improve my BER Certification?
We can advise you get in contact with our office.
Why have property inspections?
It is so important, to check on the condition of a property and ensure it is kept to a good standard throughout a tenancy period.
How important is an inventory?
Extremely important it allows you to track what furnishing and the conditions within the property.
How is the rental income paid to me?
Landlords are paid monthly, some prefer quarterly, it’s the landlords choice.
Are the letting agents fees tax deductible?
Yes, therefore it is well worth investing in a licenced and good property letting agent.
Some useful information:
Mould Damp Condensation
Let’s take a look at what is mould? What is rising damp? What is condensation?
Mould is a type of fungus, there are many different forms of mould, but mould in the home can cause damage to a property and to a persons health.
When water rises up from the ground and through the building structure this is called Rising Damp. Every house must have a damp proof course to protect against any rising damp.
Damp penetrating a building
If there is a leak at a property that is not being resolved it can cause water to penetrate into the building, one example, if gutters are not cleaned this can cause water to penetrate into the building as the water leaks down the walls.
An occurrence especially in bathrooms that do not have an external window. Condensation occurs when the moisture in the air comes into contact with cold surfaces, this in turn leads to water droplets and mould growth. It is essential that bathrooms are adequately ventilated following shower use to prevent the build up of condensation.
Condensation can be caused by:
- Drying wet clothes indoors.
- Showering and not opening the window or using an extractor fan.
- When cooking not using the extractor fan or opening a window
- Not heating a property sufficiently.
Indications that your washing machine will need a clean!
We take for granted that our washing machines will clean our clothes and make them smell wonderful once the wash cycle has finished. But we can take our washing machines for granted and not take care of them. Washing machines can sometimes cause staining or make the clothes smell bad/stale once a wash cycle has completed?
Our washing machines are constantly fed with washing detergents for each cycle, this can caused a build up of washing detergent remaining in the drum, the soap drawer, and around the rubber of the washing machine and pipes. If you can smell a strong mouldy smell it is most likely you have bacteria in your washing machine, to prevent this we recommend that you regularly clean the washing machine filter, soap drawer and around the rubber of the door to the washing machine as least once a month. Also run a hot wash 90 degrees to clean out the pipes of the washing machine, you can add white distilled vinegar and baking soda (2 cups of vinegar directly into the drum of the machine and half a cup of baking soda). We hope this helps you take care of your wash!