A letting agency designed by landlords for landlords
At Rentahome you will find an experienced team of professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. You can be confident in the knowledge that your property is in safe hands.
Our goal is to offer a professional service for landlords who are looking for a personal and efficient letting process. Our management package options allow you to be involved as much or as little as you want.
Keeping your rented property occupied at all times is crucial in maximising the return on your investment. That is our number one priority.
Glasgow is a fantastic vibrant city with a healthy rental market. Getting ready to host the 2014 Commonwealth games it is an ideal city for investment with new building developments and regeneration projects raising values and standards city wide.
According to Citylets, Q2 2013 reports the average rent in Glasgow increased by 1.5% to £618.00pcm making it a good investment for anyone in the property market.
Paisley is the current base for Rentahome. Well known for being the largest town in Scotland and home to the University of the West of Scotland, the rental market in Paisley offers high returns for minimal financial outlays. It truly is an investors’ market.
In order for us to advertise your property you must obtain the following:-
Landlord Registration Number
All private landlords must register with their local authority to ensure that they are eligible to let property. It is an offence to let any house without the landlord being registered. The maximum fine for operating as an unregistered landlord is £50,000.
Landlords can register online or by paper application from their local authority.
Energy Performance Certificate
In Scotland all rented properties must display a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) somewhere in the property. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and it is valid for 10 years.
Rentahome can arrange an EPC on behalf of the landlord for £54.00.
Below is a detailed and honest description of what you can expect when you rent your property through Rentahome.
We offer a free rental appraisal of our client’s property. Several factors are taken into account before assessing what you can expect to achieve as a monthly rental figure. The location of the property, the condition of your property and of those in the area, the quality of the furniture, fixtures and fittings and the prevailing market conditions are all taken into account before reaching this figure.
Full Management from Rentahome
As part of our appraisal we can also advise on gas and electrical safety checks and certificates that may be required, and check soft furnishings as these must comply with fire safety regulations. It is a legal requirement that all properties must be fitted with at least one smoke alarm with all new or replacement alarms mains powered. Where there is a gas supply, it is recommended (and we insist) that an audible carbon monoxide detector also be fitted in each room in which a gas appliance is located.
The level and standard of furnishings can also be discussed, however as a general rule we advise that items such as media and home entertainment units should be removed as well as items of a sentimental or personal nature.
All properties are let under an initial six-month period known as a Short Assured Tenancy. This is prescribed under the relevant housing regulations as a security for tenants; thereafter leases are renewed on a six-monthly basis. At all times landlords must observe a minimum two month notice period should they wish to re-possess a property subject to certain legal requirements unless tenants are in breach of their agreement. A shorter notice period may apply in these cases. Tenants are required to give a minimum one month’s notice of their intention to terminate their lease agreement after completion of the initial five months of let.
Rentahome will transfer the tenants deposit to ‘My Deposits Scotland’ within the required timescale set out by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Scotland. All paperwork regarding this will be provided to the tenant.
The owner is responsible for any council tax due before a tenancy commences and at any times when the property is vacant. This amount may be at a reduced rate if the property is unoccupied and may be further reduced if the property is also unfurnished. We will provide the council tax office with the tenant’s details at the start of and at the end of a tenancy agreement. The owner must provide a contact or forwarding address to the council tax office for billing during any unoccupied periods.
Gas, Electricity, Telephone & Mail
We take meter readings at both the commencement and end of a tenancy agreement and forward these together with the tenant’s details to the utilities concerned. Due to free market conditions, tenants are able to change suppliers, metering and payment arrangements and no responsibility can be taken for such changes. Standing charges may be payable whilst a property is vacant. We recommend that your telephone line be disconnected; it will then be the tenant’s responsibility for re-connection and for any subsequent charges that may be due. A forwarding address should be provided for any mail to be sent on to you; Royal Mail can arrange re-direction of mail automatically on payment of the appropriate fee. Unfortunately we cannot accept responsibility for any mail subsequently delivered to a tenanted property.
What We Do
We inspect your property and make a recommendation regarding the Letting and Rent Valuation; we locate a suitable tenant from enquiries we receive and from advertising.
- Conduct accompanied viewings (out-with office hours if required)
- Tenant Vetting/Confirm Tenant’s References (using licensed referencing agency) *
- Arrange & prepare Lease Agreement
- Arrange and prepare Short Assured Tenancy Agreement
- Prepare Schedule of Condition/Inventory with digital photographs and report
- Supply Tenancy Information Pack
- Furnishings Check
- Transfer Tenant’s Deposit
- Gas Safety Check *
- Portable Appliance Safety Check *
- Energy Performance Certificate *
- Read Meters
- Advertise through our Property List, Office, and Internet.
- Regular Property Inspections
- Final Inspection at the end of the Lease Period
* Additional charges may apply