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Letting process


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Accurate valuation - Your aim should be to let your property at the best possible price and in the timeframe that suits you whilst also ensuring that a quality tenant is secured. Our experienced valuers have an unparalleled knowledge of property values in your area.

You can arrange a valuation by calling our offices or completing our valuation booking form.


2

Selecting a letting agent - When choosing a letting agent consider their presence locally and what kind of marketing your property will receive. These are critical to obtaining the maximum exposure and rental value for your property.

You should also check if your agent will organise your government-required Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on your behalf or if you need to arrange this yourself? You are responsible for making this document available to prospective and future tenants when the property is marketed. We can arrange this for you.


3

Property Management - Having your property professionally managed can be the key to reaping maximum rental returns on your property. Many tenants insist on renting managed properties and are often prepared to pay a premium for this.

Instructing First Union to manage your property gives you peace of mind that both your property and tenant will be cared for 24/7. Our dedicated Property Management team will look after the general day-to-day management and more complex issues such as emergency repairs, collection of rent, transfer of utilities and much more.


4

Presenting your property - First impressions count, making the presentation of your property critical to a successful let.

Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, adding a fresh coat of paint where necessary, de-clutter to make rooms appear larger and de-personalise so that prospective tenants can more readily visualise themselves living in the property.


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Preparing your property for tenancy - Before you let your property for the first time you should obtain a professional and comprehensive inventory. This will set out the condition and contents of the property. First Union will organise a professional inventory on your behalf.

If the property has gas services supplied, a gas safety certificate will be required. First Union will organise this and any other certificates required.

You are responsible for checking that the tenants have set up accounts with utility companies, telephone supplier, council tax and TV licensing. First Union will, if managing the property, ensure that these items are dealt with.


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Marketing your property - To find your perfect tenant you need to give your property maximum exposure across a wide range of media.

When you instruct First Union to let your property you will automatically benefit from our comprehensive marketing package, including: Huge exposure via our website plus all of the major property portals, full colour property details, display in our well sited offices and access to our large database of prospective tenants.


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Accompanied viewings - Accompanied viewings mean we can use our expertise to help let your property. Our trained staff are available across long hours to ensure no opportunity to show your property is lost.


8

Receiving an offer - As soon as an offer is received we will contact you to communicate full details along with any special conditions to help you decide whether or not to accept.


9

Offer agreed - Once you accept an offer we will do the following, regardless of whether your property is managed:

  • Collect references from the tenants
  • Arrange signing of Tenancy Agreement
  • Collect moving-in payment (rent + deposit)
  • We will arrange the check-in and inventory

For your added peace of mind, where applicable, we will register the deposit with a deposit protection scheme, resulting in a faster and more efficient deposit release process at the end of the tenancy.


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Completion - Upon completion, keys will be released to the inventory clerk or the tenant on moving-in day.

For managed properties, we will provide the tenant with contact details of our dedicated Property Management team.