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Electrical Safety Certificate: Up to 5 years (Subject to electrician’s discretion)
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC): 10 years*
Gas Certificate: 1 year
Building insurance: Variable depending on provider
*If the EPC is part of a Home Information Pack (HIP) then the EPC must be less than 3 years old when the property is first marketed.
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At Initial Property we assess a potential tenants’ ability to cover the cost of the rent for the duration of the intended tenancy. If a potential tenant is not in full-time employment then a guarantor is necessary. We require the guarantor to be a homeowner or be in full-time employment earning at least four times as much as the annual rental value of the desired property.
The rumour that all tenants who receive housing benefit do not look after a property is a myth; all potential tenants deserve to be assessed on an individual basis. At Initial Property we require good references from the previous landlord of the potential tenant in
order to consider them for a property on our portfolio. This goes for all tenants.
We perform a comprehensive credit check on all potential tenants. We only consider tenants if they can provide the following documents:
Compulsory for all potential tenants
• Proof of income (Wage slip, Work contract)
• Photographic I.D. (Passport/Driving License)
• Written Reference (Previous Landlord)
• Proof of previous address (Utility bill, bank statement)
• Bank Statement
• Signed guarantor declaration (Housing benefit tenants only)
◦ Guarantor needs to provide photographic identification
◦ Guarantor needs to provide proof of homeownership and/or evidence of annual earnings at least four times the amount of the annual rent cost
• Evidence of enrolment at academic institution attendance (Students only)
• Proof of valid Visa and/or Letter from Home Office (Non-EU citizen)
We submit all of the deposits we receive for our management properties in to the Deposit Protection Service (DPS)
If you opt for our let only service then we transfer the deposit to you upon you signing to declare responsibility for the deposit.
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In the case of a tenant wanting home improvements or redecoration, they must always seek the landlord’s approval before making any amendments. It is not unusual for a landlord to partially subsidise home improvements if the improvements add value to the property.
Garden maintenance is usually the responsibility of the tenant. However if the landlord expects the tenant to keep the garden well maintained then they must provide the tenant with the appropriate equipment to use.
Here are some basic guidelines for each type of furnishing provided by a landlord:
Usually comprises of all essential white goods (oven, fridge freezer, washing machine), bedroom furniture (bed, wardrobe) and seating in the reception room (if applicable)
Usually comprises of white goods only (oven, fridge freezer, washing machine). Alternatively the part-furnished property may not include white goods but have other items of furniture included (e.g. bed, table, settee)
Contains no furnishings or appliances
If you rent your property as furnished it is advisable that you have contents insurance for your furniture, especially if you feel it potentially exceeds the amount given by the tenant as a deposit.
• Three or more stories in height
• Five or more people forming more than one household
Landlords who offer large student houses usually require a HMO licence. To obtain a license, the landlord must apply to the council.
For more details or to apply for a HMO licence from your local council please click here