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Landlord Process

This page is to provide a stepped process guide to Letting a property, an example of this could be

1 Accurate valuation

The first step to selling your property is obtaining an accurate valuation.

2 Selecting an estate agent

Berridge has extensive local knowledge and is open for business 6 days a week from 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays, your dedicated Estate Agent will accompany all viewings during opening hours, and on occasion we are able to offer longer opening hours to maximise viewing potential. 

3 Consider property management

Letting a managed property will provide the tenant with complete peace of mind as they will have a dedicated Property Manager to handle their day-to-day maintenance issues with emergency contact details should a problem arise. 

Many tenants insist on renting managed properties and are often prepared to pay a premium for this.

4 Presenting your property

First impressions count. Make sure your home looks its best for any viewings. Tidy any mess and clear unwanted clutter to maximise space. If time permits, you may want to carry out the odd DIY job to try and make your property as attractive as possible.

5 Preparing your property for tenancy

Before you let your property for the first time you must obtain a professional and comprehensive inventory. This will set out the condition and contents of the property.

Once a tenancy has been secured we will provide all the necessary details to the utility companies and the council.

6 Marketing your property

Berridge is located on one of the busiest roads in Leighton Buzzard with one of the largest LED property pocket window display providing the maximum advertising potential for your property. Furthermore, your property will appear on all major property portals including Zoopla and the largest together with, and to our extensive database of tenants.

7 Receiving an offer

Your estate agent will co-ordinate negotiations between you and the prospective tenant. Your agent will get in touch with you when an offer has been made on your property – we will tell you about every offer that is made, regardless of whether you are likely to accept it. Your estate agent will advise you whether it is a good offer, but the final decision is up to you.

8 Offer agreed

Once an offer has been agreed your agent will proceed with the rental process which includes referencing the potential tenant(s), draft the tenancy agreement and inventory.

Furthermore, once the deposit has been paid, the tenant has secured the property. The deposit is held against possible damage of the property we can be checked against the inventory at the end of the deposit. The Housing Act 2004 protects all parties in this regard as the deposit is now required to be held within a government-approved scheme on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. This scheme offers quicker and easier ways of resolving disputes, without the need for court action.

9 Completion

On completion day, the keys will be released.

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