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Common sense, doing your homework, and a little patience can take you a long way as a Bradford landlord. For everything else, talk to us…
Unless you’re superhuman, you’ll want help in managing your property portfolio. Your letting agent should help you find good quality tenants, arrange the paperwork, hold the tenants’ deposits on your behalf in a government backed scheme, and manage the day to day issues of property management, from minor maintenance to replacing broken appliances.
Many Bradford agents offer similar services, so ask yourself not what they do, but how they do it – and how they differ. Better still, try mystery shopping a few agents to ensure that, when a prospective tenant calls, they’re passionate and upbeat about the properties they have for rent. Because, from local knowledge to the services they offer to simple friendliness, you’ll want to know they’re the people you would be happy to have representing you and your interests.
After all, the right agent can be the difference between happy, long-lasting tenants, and lengthy void periods.
When your income relies on a tenant being in your property, there’s no time for delay between lets. Talk to us about the cleaning and maintenance services that can ensure that when one tenant leaves, the next one can be in place fast.
We’ll work with you to find a turnaround system that works for you, your tenants, and your properties.
Happy tenants pay on time and stay longer, so it makes sound business sense to keep them happy. If you’re managing your own lets, get the small things right – like keeping the property well maintained and cleaning between lets – to maintain a good relationship with your tenants. If you’re choosing a letting agent to represent you and get the details right, make sure they do just that.
From gas and electricity safety checks to smoke alarms and EPCs, there are a lot of legalities to stay on top of as a landlord. You can find out more about them here. If you’re managing your own properties, you’ll need to keep a tight rein on compliance – because the alternative could be fines or even imprisonment.
If you’re working with a Bradford lettings agent, make sure they’re up to speed on the latest legislation, so they can actively help make compliance easier.
When decorating and furnishing your property, it’s important to keep your personal sense of style in check. You reach a bigger market for your Bradford property when you keep things light, inoffensive and neutral.
We can advise you on interior design, and even carry out the design, décor and furnishing work for you, so you can focus on finding your next Bradford property investment.
When you let a furnished property, you are letting a property with the essentials for daily living. You’re not required to provide every last item of cutlery and objet d’art. Nor should you – your tenant needs to feel that there’s room for them to make their mark on a property, and they can’t do that if you’ve done it all for them.
As a general rule, a furnished property in Bradford should include: