Documents & Guides

These documents and guides are provided free of charge. We can’t guarantee they’ll be suitable for your specific purpose, so please read through them carefully and seek professional advice if you’re not sure.

Documents

How to Create the Ultimate Property Advert

Your advert is the “shop window” for your property, and you need to make sure you’re promoting it to it’s maximum potential. It’s important to get your advert right from the start. The leading property sites email their subscribers as soon as the advert goes live, meaning that you target market receive the property details immediately….

How to photograph your property

To take a great picture of your property doesn’t require an expensive camera. Taking a bit of time to set up a good shot can make the difference between an adequate picture and a great one. Top tip: Landscape photographs display best on the property sites! A good photograph of the outside of the property…

How to conduct viewings

There are two ways to conduct viewings: the first is on an individual basis; the second is to do an “open house”. Meeting the tenant yourself is a great way to get an initial feel of what you think of them. Instant likes or dislikes can be powerful and should not be underestimated. Open house…

Things to remember once you have found a tenant

Now that a new tenancy is about to start, there are a few things you need to remember to do and a few other things to bear in mind for later. Right to rent checks – You must check that all tenants over the age of 18, whether named on the tenancy agreement or not,…

How to value your property

The quick and easy way to work out how much rent you can realistically charge for your property is to take a look at what everyone else is asking. Visit one of the major property portals, such as Rightmove or PrimeLocation, and search for properties similar to your own. Be as wide in your search…

How to write a property description

A property description is made up of 2 parts: key features and property description. The key features section is your opportunity to tell potential tenants about the key selling points of your property, in a bullet point format. The property description section allows you to go in to more depth about your property. Key features…

Right to rent guide

All landlords are now required by law to check that their tenant or lodger can legally rent their residential property in England. We have heard from a lot of concerned landlords, worried that they’ll get it wrong. Here’s a quick guide for what you need to do. Although onerous, it’s really not difficult! You must:…

Landlords good practice guide

Insurance Tenants are typically viewed to be of higher risk than owner-occupiers, and for this reason regular homeowner insurance policies are often invalid for tenanted homes. Most mortgage lenders will require you to have buildings insurance in place. Landlords building insurance will cover you against a number of eventualities, and is specifically tailored to offer…

Tenant referencing guide

Your property is probably one of the most expensive things you own, so you don’t want just anyone moving in. Referencing is the best way to protect yourself against bad tenants, ensuring that they are who they say they are, giving an insight into their ability to pay the agreed rent and their history of…