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Helpful Hints: Becoming a Landlord

Becoming a Landlord

Helpful Hints for Property Owners and Landlords

 Upon deciding to rent out your property:-

  • Apply for mortgage lender’s consent.
  • Notify your insurance companies.
  • Obtain gas and electrical appliance safety certificates. (Oil & Solid Fuel C.H. Systems must also be checked & serviced annually – record to be kept)
  • Decide what furniture and/or fittings you intend to leave in the property. (It is advisable NOT to  televisions to avoid responsibility for the TV Licence).
  • Ensure furnishings to be left in the property comply with fire regulations.
  • Carry out any necessary repairs and remove anything potentially dangerous.
  • Make sure the property is in a clean and tidy condition.  Tenants are more likely to look after it during the tenancy if it is clean at the start.

As soon as you are notified that an application for tenancy has been received by AD Letting Services, please immediately:

  • Remove all personal items from the property.
  • Remove all unwanted and non-compliant furniture.
  • Ensure that the property is clean and the garden is tidy.
  • Arrange re-direction of your mail via the Post Office.
  • Landlord to inform all utility companies of the change of occupancy along with British Telecom or other supplier that you will not be requiring further use of the telephone line from the commencement of the tenancy. Whilst AD Letting Services try to ensure that utility companies are furnished with the correct readings, we cannot be held responsible for the utility companies’ failure to recognise the information provided.
  • Let AD Letting Services have three separate sets of access keys.
  • Ensure that the central heating boiler pilot light is lit.


INSTRUCTION MANUALS or LEAFLETS, in ENGLISH, must be left at your property for all APPLIANCES, THE CENTRAL HEATING BOILER AND SYSTEMS before the Schedule of Condition & Inventory can be undertaken. By LAW, copies of these must be given to each Tenant at the commencement of the Tenancy. ALTERNATIVELY, CLEAR HAND WRITTEN OR TYPED INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE REQUIRED. (Failure to provide these will result in unnecessary delays)


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