Once a tenancy agreement has been entered into it is the start of an important relationship between the landlord and tenant or landlord, tenant and agent where each party must take responsibility for their obligations within the tenancy agreement.
In brief the tenant must pay the rent on time and look after the property and the landlord must ensure the property is safe and any essential maintenance is carried out in a reasonable time. But sometimes things do go wrong and measures need to be put in place to avoid unnecessary complications.
It is advisable, once the tenant has moved in, to contact them to ensure they have settled in and everything is in order. It is also a good idea to carry out regular inspections as this very quickly alerts you if any circumstances have changed or if more people are living in the property than you first expected. It also gives the tenant the opportunity to discuss any issues they may have. Many landlords accept if the rent is being paid all is fine, but letting agents have a responsibility to the landlord to visit the property on a periodic basis, if the property is fully managed by them, and this is an invaluable service most agents offer.
If you go on holiday make sure you have a point of contact as it can become very costly if urgent maintenance is carried out without your authorisation. At Julie Twist Properties we are on call 24hr a day and have reputable tradesmen who can assist with your needs throughout the tenancy.
Remember a happy tenant causes you no problems and in many cases returns your property in a better condition at the end of the tenancy.
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