Harcourts is a traditional Letting Agency which offers a personalised service tailored to suit your own particular requirements, whether you are a buy- to-let landlord or a professional property investor. We can provide advice on all aspects of property management, including planning, projects and maintenance and we keep up to date and comply with all current and new lettings legislation.
We are experienced in all types of residential lettings, including regulated tenancies and assured tenancies as well as assured shortholds. We have many long standing clients and tenants to whom we provide the same friendly, professional service. Our proactive attitude ensures any issues or concerns are dealt with promptly and efficiently.
We can deal with any arising maintenance issues and provide an emergency 24 hour call-out service for peace of mind. We only use local, referenced and trustworthy contractors to carry out works, many of which have supported Harcourts for a number of years and are known to our tenants. Each contractor must comply with our Health and Safety policy and hold adequate public and professional liability insurance.
Harcourts works closely with “The Lettings Hub” and their referencing processes enable us to provide you with quality tenants. However, circumstances can change and as a landlord making a significant financial commitment, you will want to reduce your risk where possible. Therefore, for your peace of mind we can offer you Rent & Legal Protection which will ensure you do not suffer any loss of rent.
Landlords, did you know……
Any privately rented property must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Also from 1st April 2018 the minimum requirement for all new lets and renewals will be an E rating.
A Gas Safe registered engineer must carry out a safety check every 12 months. A copy of the certificate must be given to the tenant before moving in or within 28 days of the inspection.
You have a duty of care to ensure the electrical system, sockets, light fittings and any appliances are safe and meet current regulations.
There must be a working smoke alarm on each floor of the property and these must be tested and shown to be working on the day your tenant moves in. A carbon monoxide alarm must be fitted in rooms where there is a solid fuel burner.
A legionella risk assessment must be carried out to ensure the health & safety of your tenants. Risk assessments are valid for 2 years, but may need to be reviewed sooner if there are changes to the building, the water system or its use.
The tenants deposit must be protected with a government recommended scheme within 30 days of being received. Failure to protect the deposit will invalidate any Section 21 Notice.
Right to Rent
All prospective tenants must prove the Right to Rent, original documents must be checked and copies taken. Documents must re-checked if permission to stay in the UK runs out or after 12 months, whichever is the longer.
Section 21 Notice
The prescribed form 6A must be used to serve Notice on any tenancies which commenced on or after 1st October 2015. In addition you must be able to show the tenant has been issued with an EPC, a Gas Safety Certificate, the government publication “How to Rent” and the prescribed information which relates to the protected deposit. A Section 21 cannot be served within the first four months of a new tenancy.