Finding a tenant

You can advertise your property in a number of ways

Pinpoint

  • Local newspapers and magazines
  • Shop windows and notice boards in supermarkets
  • Through a letting agent or a managing agent

Arranging a viewing

  • You should be able to answer any questions that a prospective tenant has about the property
  • Emphasis the good features about the property
  • Give the viewers time to discuss the property alone
  • If the prospective tenants show an interest explain further checks will be made until you make your decision

Before a tenancy is agreed

Pre-tenancy checks may be carried out before you let your property.  These may include:

  • Obtaining references
  • Proof of identity and/or proof of current address
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of Home Office documents – this can assist you to understand their legal status in the UK

If a person cannot provide some of the documents you have requested, it may be advisable to carry out credit checks or ask for a guarantor.

You have the 'right to rent' if you are a British Citizen, Citizen of a country in the EU or EEA, Citizen of another country with no time limits on your permission to live in the UK.

A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document between landlord and tenant and sets out the terms and conditions of the rent contract.

  • Tenancy agreements can also be purchased from Oyez

Tenancy Deposits

As a landlord you must use one of the three government accredited deposit protection schemes

Rent arrears

  • Your tenant may be eligible to claim housing benefit.
  • If they already claim housing benefit and they already owe more than 8 weeks rent you could apply to have the payments paid directly to you

Property repairs and maintenance

Problems in a tenancy

If your tenant abandons the property without telling you, in the eyes of the law they are still classed as the tenant until you obtain a court order for possession or by a surrender or similar act by the tenant.

Always seek advice – information on Notices and possession procedures is available from housing advice services.