Letting Property with Help from Innes Johnston
If you have a property or properties to rent or are looking for property to rent our Letting Department should be your first port of call. Innes Johnston can help you find a tenant by marketing the property on your behalf and then deal with the preparation and completion of the lease on your behalf. It is important that you obtain legal advice before entering in to a lease because of the complex legal requirements.
Property Lets in Fife
Innes Johnston offer a variety of packages to suit your requirements, which can all be tailored to meet specific needs.
Our most popular packages are the Complete Management Package and the Tenancy Paperwork Package.
Our Complete Management Pack is detailed below. If you would like more information about our other packages please contact Lissa on [email protected]:
Complete Management Package
Our Complete Management Pack is ideally suited for Landlords who want to have everything taken care of in the knowledge that their property is being professionally managed.
The Complete Management Package is designed to remove the stress of letting, allowing you to benefit from a regular income with the least possible hassle. Our experienced Property Management team will deal with every aspect of your lettings, including:-
- Marketing & Advertising Property
- Accompanied Viewings
- Tenant Selection and Referencing
- Inventory & Schedule of Condition
- Lease Documentation
- Deposit Collection
- Rent Collection
- Periodic Inspections
- Serving Notices to Quit and Evictions
- Exit Inspection
- Finalising & Transferring Liability for Utility Bills and Council Tax
- Advice on complying with all relevant legislation.
Marketing and Advertising: We advertise clients’ properties on national on-line platforms, such as Lettingweb and PropertyFinder.com for maximum market exposure. 85% of tenants seeking properties use the Internet as their first port of call when searching for property.
SMS & Email: Prospective tenants can sign up to receive text messages and emails alerts when new properties are added to our database.
Viewings: We will carry out property viewings on your behalf, accompanying prospective tenants at all times. If your property is occupied this will always be done by appointment.
Tenant Selection: We use independent reference agencies to carry out credit, employment & financial history checks on prospective tenants.
Rent collection: We collect all rent from your tenants on your behalf and provide you with a monthly statement. The income is then paid directly into your nominated bank account. We can also arrange for additional income protection so that, in the unlikely event your tenant stops paying rent, your rental income will continue.
Deposit collection: Tenants must pay a deposit at the outset of the tenancy, which would usually be the equivalent to one month’s rent. It is now a legal requirement that this deposit is lodged with an approved Deposit Protection Scheme. Failure to do so can result in fines of up to 3 times the value of the deposit. We will lodge the deposit with an approved scheme on your behalf and refund this to the tenant at the end of the tenancy once a full inspection of the property and Inventory has been undertaken.
Inventory: We will prepare and record a detailed inventory at the outset of the tenancy so as to minimise dispute about contents or condition at the end.
Inspections: We will regularly inspect your property and prepare reports on the condition of the property. If we identify that any is required to bring the property up to standard, we can either arrange for this to be done on your behalf.
Legal Obligations: The legislation applying to residential tenancies is extensive and is constantly changing. Current legislation includes the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, Disability Discrimination Act 2005, Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998, Immigration Act 2014, Building Regulations and many more. We have a team of experienced Solicitors as well as Property Managers who are on hand to advise you on the various legislative and regulatory requirements. We will take care of your Gas Safety Checks, Electrical Safety Checks, Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Landlord Registration and ensure that your tenants have a right to rent in the UK.
Maintenance: We have a network of skilled tradesmen and contractors who are available to deal with any issues which may arise.
Exit Inspection: A full inspection of your property will be carried out once your tenants have vacated the property to determine what action is required to prepare the property for your next tenant. If any damage is noted we will arrange for this to be deducted from the deposit lodged at the outset.
Utility Bills and Council Tax: We will take and record meter readings for gas and electricity and notify the utility companies and Local Authority of responsibility for bills at the outset and the end of each tenancy.