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Lettings

We know that being a Landlord, particularly for the first time can be a daunting experience.

Our dedicated team will guide you through the whole process. Debbie Turner Head of Lettings, is ARLA trained and with over 28 years of Lettings experience under her belt, the department is in safe hands. Our clients value our expertise and the connections that we have made with our local community. Be assured that we will do everything we can to maximise your financial venture: from advising you on how best to present your property, to attracting the right Tenants through the front door and keeping you up to date with the ever-changing rental market and legislation. We have built a reputation we are proud of.

As rents rise, so do Tenants’ expectations. Leave the hard work to us. When you instruct us to let your property you can be confident that our bespoke client service means that handing over your keys to your perfectly-matched Tenant will be a stress-free experience.

Looking to Buy to Let?

In recent years, Buy to Let has become a booming business. If you have the means available to you, property is one of the safest investments. Whilst there is inevitably some risk involved, if you do your homework the return can be twofold: the rental will help to cover the mortgage and you should receive capital growth on your investment.

Buying to let is a business venture. At DOMVS, we have the know-how to advise you every step of the way. From sourcing the property, help with refurbishing if necessary, to matching you and your property to the perfect Tenant. We will work with you to create a forward-thinking business model enabling you to take control of the growth of your investment.

The legislation concerning tenanted properties is ever changing and it’s paramount that your property is always compliant. We provide ongoing support and management options to keep you up to speed and to keep you and your Tenant protected.

We very much like to meet potential investors and we offer a property finding service to help you find the right property To Let. We welcome the opportunity to come along with you to view potential investment properties to share our professional opinion.

Landlords Advice

Dress to Impress

An empty property is of no benefit to a Landlord and appearances really do count. The moment a Tenant steps into the property they will have an idea of whether they can see themselves living there. A touch of paint to the front door, a fresh neutral colour scheme throughout offers a versatile backdrop for any prospective Tenant to consider how their belongings might look in situ. Neutral flooring and carpet is an appealing feature to a Tenant – it is worth selecting a carpet that is easily cleaned and cost-effectively replaced – accidents do sometimes happen. If lightbulbs have lost their glow, replace them. All these things demonstrate that this Landlord cares, and is likely to appeal to a Tenant who wants to make your property a cosy home.

Get Organised

Give some thought to the exact date you would like to let your property. We recommend introducing your property to the market 6-8 weeks beforehand and with our marketing and advertising campaigns we will attract the very best Tenants.
Consider the cost of being a Landlord. Be prepared for any unexpected maintenance costs, don’t get caught out with unexpected expense.
The Lettings market can move quickly. So, be prepared to allow Tenants to view your property at short notice and it does pay to be flexible with your move date.

Current Legislation

Be assured that we will keep you up to date with the ever-changing Lettings legislation. We are experts in our field– we can advise you on all the important things that keeps you and your Tenant safe. As a Landlord, here are a few things you need to be aware of:

  • Arrange an annual gas safety check – does your cosy gas fire pass the Landlord’s gas safety certificate?
  • Fit smoke alarms on every floor and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms using coal or wood to warm them up. Make sure that these alarms are tested at the start of a new tenancy.
  • Consider whether you need an Electrical Safety Certificate. We can provide you with all the information to ensure that you are legally compliant and aren’t at risk of any surprising fines.
  • Does that cosy sofa have safety labels attached? If you are letting furnished, make sure your furniture complies with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989, 1993 and 2010)
  • If a deposit is taken, it is a Landlords duty to ensure this is protected.
Inventory

Arrange for an inventory to be drawn up. They say the Devil is in the detail – and this couldn’t truer when letting a property. Gone are the days when a handwritten note will suffice. A comprehensive inventory is the best way to minimise the risk of a dispute at the end of tenancy. Inventories need to be drawn up whether a property is being let furnished or unfurnished. Everything within the property needs to be recorded and photographed, including fixtures and fittings such as kitchen units and work surfaces, as well as carpets and décor. Should there be any existing damage, this must also be recorded.

Redress

DOMVS Lettings is a member of the Property Ombudsmen Redress Scheme.

Tenancy Agreements

DOMVS uses a tenancy agreement designed to protect your rights to possession and to help control the tenant’s activities, whilst ensuring that all terms are fair to both tenant and landlord, thus making sure you comply with the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.  Our tenancy agreements are regularly updated to include the ever-changing legislation.

Service Options

As a landlord, you need to establish what kind of management service suits your needs.  You may wish to be a “hands-on” landlord, in which case our Let Only service would best suit you.  If you would prefer to take a back seat and let DOMVS take the strain, our Fully Managed service is for you.

Fully Managed Service

This service is for Landlords who wish their agent to deal with the day-to-day management of their property and choose not to deal directly with the tenant themselves. 

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Rent Collection Service

This service is suitable for Landlords who feel they are able to deal with the day to day maintenance of their property, but require an agent to collect the monthly rent.

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Let Only Service

This service is for Landlords who prefer to manage their own property.

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Tenants Advice

Fees

Once you have found a suitable property through DOMVS, a reference fee of £75.00 inc. VAT per applicant and an administration fee of £180.00 inc. VAT per property is payable upon receiving a completed application. This fee includes negotiating the terms of the tenancy and all the necessary paperwork including the tenancy agreement. These fees are non-refundable should you wish to withdraw your application.  Please note, however, should your application be refused either by DOMVS, the landlord or our referencing company, the administration fee will be refunded.

The granting of a tenancy will be subject to approved references, which may be collated by our referencing company and, in some cases, a guarantor may be required.  Full financial references will then be required for the guarantor at a charge of £75.00 inc. VAT. A Deed of Guarantee will also have to be signed by the guarantor.

Referencing

All tenants must undergo a Right to Rent check.

Deposits

A deposit will be required (usually equivalent to six weeks’ rent), this will be payable prior to the commencement of the tenancy and is held for the duration of the tenancy. The deposit will be registered with the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) www.depositprotection.com, within 30 days of the commencement of the tenancy, or receipt of the deposit, whichever is earlier. For further information on Tenancy Deposit Protection please click on the website link: www.communities.gov.uk/tenancydeposit.  Please note that no interest will be paid on the deposit.

Lease & Renewal

All properties are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy basis unless otherwise agreed.

Should a tenancy be renewed for a further fixed term, a renewal fee will be payable.  This fee is currently £60.00 inc. VAT.

Payment of Rent

The deposit and first month’s rent must be paid to us either by banker’s draft or BACS transfer. The tenancy cannot commence until cleared funds have been received. The Rent is payable monthly in advance by standing order direct to DOMVS (if we are managing the property), or direct to the Landlord for our Let Only service.  Rent is always due on a given date; a late payment charge will be made should the rental be 7 or more days late. This fee is £30.00 inc VAT per letter sent

Exclusions

All property rents exclude water/sewerage charges, gas, electricity, telephone, council tax and television licence, unless otherwise stated.

Insurance

We recommend that you have adequate insurance to cover accidental damage to the landlord’s fixtures and fittings.

Redress

DOMVS Lettings is a member of The Property Ombudsman redress scheme.

The Rental Process

Just as with buying a property, renting a property is just as much about the tenant as it is the property.

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Costs

We are always upfront with all costs and fees.

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Moving Out

If you decide to move out, it’s important to make sure you leave the property in the condition you found it.

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Hear from people who have bought or sold with DOMVS

Debbie Turner conducted our initial appointment with complete professionalism;  we would recommend Domvs Lettings unhesitatingly.  Complete professionalism with friendliness: a successful combination!

23rd Apr 2017

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