Finding the Ideal Tenant
Will it be necessary to advertise the property?
We advertise all our properties on Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation and On The Market as well as utilising our extensive database of tenants actively looking for property to let. We also use our social media platforms and local print media to promote our properties.
How do you select tenants?
This is probably one of the most important factors in letting a property and we can assure you that all reasonable steps are taken to research the prospective tenants’ background. We also use a third party to carry out our referencing checks to include employment, landlord and credit checks.
Do you allow pets?
This is a personal decision but where pets are allowed, this is clearly noted in the tenancy agreement. We recommend asking an increased rent of £20 per pet per month for a cat or a dog and we ask that all carpets are professionally cleaned and flea treated at the end of the tenancy.
Do you allow prospective tenants to view properties unaccompanied?
No. Prospective tenants wishing to view your property are accompanied by a member of staff.
Do tenants have to pay a deposit?
Yes. All tenants have to pay a deposit equivalent to five weeks rent or if applicable use the insurance backed scheme called Zero Deposit (at the agreement of the Landlord). For more information on this please see our ‘Advice to Landlords’ page.
For Managed or Rent Collection Only Properties, we will register the deposit with the DPS. The deposit will be returned to the tenant(s) upon the termination of the tenancy providing all the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement have been met. Should there be any contravention of the Tenancy Agreement, the costs incurred are deducted from the deposit and only the balance is refunded to the tenant(s).
For Tenant Find only properties, it is the Landlord’s responsibility to either hold the deposit in a ring-fenced’ account or to register the deposit with one of the appropriate schemes. We are happy to advise you on this or register the deposit on your behalf for a fee.
What sort of Tenancy Agreement do you use?
At Wilkinson Grant & Co we use Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements. These are for a minimum fixed period of six months and are reviewed on a regular basis by solicitors to ensure they are compliant and cover all relevant points.