Why choose spectrum residential
We’re letting specialists who are landlords ourselves: We know what it’s like to have an empty property, a tenant not paying, and the frustration of poor service, and we wouldn’t wish it on anyone. We put everything we know, the knowledge built from all our years of experience, into making sure that our clients get the level of attention and success that we’d expect ourselves. Our guarantee to you is that we’ll do everything we can to ensure your success.
Finding the Right Tenant: That’s right, we genuinely care about matching the perfect tenant with your property. It’s just not worth getting it wrong, so we do our own “in house” referencing to thoroughly check income, we carry out a full credit check and do previous landlord references where applicable. We then work on building positive relationships with your tenants to ensure they’re happy we all know that a happy tenant takes more care and stays longer.
Peace of Mind: You need to know you have nothing to worry about, and that’s what we give you. Our support team is available to both your property and your tenants, sorting problems and issues quickly. Actually it’s more than this, because we really work hard to maintain great relationships with all our tradesmen too, that way we can guarantee the fastest response, the best possible prices and the highest quality of workmanship.
Unique Flexible Approach: Yes we are your flexible agent! Which means we can do as much or as little as you need us to, to meet your specific needs, what you’ll get is a professional, personal service from experts committed to making sure you receive a maximum return with a minimum of effort.
Guide for landlords
Before a property can be let, there are several matters which the owner will need to deal with to ensure that the tenancy runs smoothly, and also that he/she complies with the law. We provide summarised information below. If you require further advice or assistance with any matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Preparing the Property
We have found that a good relationship with Tenants is the key to a smooth-running tenancy. As Property Managers this relationship is our job, but it is important that the Tenants should feel comfortable in their temporary home, and that they are receiving value for their money. It follows therefore that a well presented and maintained property in a good decorative order will go towards this, whilst also achieving a higher rental figure. Tenants are also more inclined to treat such a property with greater respect.
Electrical, gas plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. Repairs and maintenance are at the Landlords expense unless misuse can be established. Interior decorations should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.
Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished. Which of these is appropriate will depend on the type of property and local market conditions. We will be pleased to give you advice on whether to furnish or not and to what level. As a minimum you will need to provide reasonable quality carpets, curtains and light fittings. Remember that there will be wear and tear on the property and items provided.
Personal items, ornaments etc
Personal possessions, ornaments, pictures, books etc. should be removed from the premises, especially those of real or sentimental value. Some items may be boxed and stored in the loft at the owner’s risk. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the tenants own use.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with lawns cut. Tenants are required to maintain the gardens to a reasonable standard, provided they are left with the necessary tools. However, few Tenants are experienced gardeners, and if you value you garden, or if it is particularly large, you may wish us to arrange visits by our regular gardener
At the commencement of the tenancy the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition, and at the end of each tenancy it is the Tenants’ responsibility to leave the property in a similar condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning will be arranged at their expense.
Information for the Tenant
It is helpful if you leave information for the Tenant, e.g. on the operating the central heating and hot water system, appliances (if there are any left) and alarm system, and the day refuse is collected etc.
You should provide one set of keys for each Tenant. Where we will be managing the property we will also require a key/keys to be provided
Gas Safety Regulations
These regulations, originally set in 1994, place a duty on landlords to maintain all gas appliances in their properties by means of an annual inspection. This should be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered inspector and a certificate of compliance issued. We can arrange for this to be carried out on your behalf on an annual basis with a copy of the certification being sent to you for your personal records. A copy must also be kept, and displayed at the property.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Since October 2008 it has been mandatory that all rented properties have an EPC detailing the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of the building. An EPC has a ten year life. We can arrange for an EPC for you, just let us know.
Electrical Safety Regulations
There is, currently, no specific legislation that enforces a regular test of a property’s electrics. You do, however, need to provide Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) for any portable electrical equipment between 50 and 1000 volts, which is most things, and this has to be carried out before a tenant takes occupation. A landlord also has a duty of care to ensure that all wiring is safe and fit for purpose. We would strongly recommend that you have an electrical test carried out by a registered NCEIC electrical every five years.
Fire Safety Regulations
If you are letting your property furnished it must comply with the Furnishing Regulations Act of 1988, failure to adhere to which could land you in prison. Any furniture manufactured before the 1st January 1950 is exempt, and anything bought from a reputable supplier after the 1st March 1990 should comply. We can provide a detailed list of items covered by this act if you ask.
It’s a requirement that any building completed after June 1992 has smoke detectors installed, together with mains operated alarms. We strongly recommend properly positioned smoke alarms in all your properties.