Here at JBM Estate Agents we provide a professional letting service tailored to suit your needs. We pride ourselves on ensuring we act in the best interest of our clients and provide a comprehensive service. We keep up to date with current issues as well as changes to legislation, in order to provide you with the best possible advice and service.
What service to you offer?
We offer a Tenant Introduction Service which includes the following:
- Free property inspection
- Advising you on compliance with the various safety regulations
- Photography and comprehensive marketing
- Contacting interested prospective tenants on our mailing list
- Arranging and carrying out accompanied viewings
- Tenant selection, referencing and credit checking
- Drawing up of legal documentation - AT5 form and Short Assured Tenancy Agreement
- Serving and witnessing of legal documentation
- Deposit collection and registration with a deposit protection scheme
- First month’s rent collection and remittance
Want to let your property and find great tenants?
If you are a Landlord looking to let a property, call our lettings department free on 01721 540170.
Do you reference check tenants?
One of the most important aspects of letting property is the selection of quality tenants. All prospective tenants are thoroughly referenced and credit checked, and in some cases we will require a guarantor.
Need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
It has been a legal requirement since 4th January 2009, for all Landlords to have a valid EPC for their property before it can be let. An EPC assesses the energy performance of a property, from 'A' representing the most energy efficient property to 'G' representing the least energy efficient property. It will also show a building's environmental impact by indicating carbon dioxide emissions. JBM Estate Agents are able to arrange for an EPC to be carried out on your behalf in order to avoid any delays in letting your property. For more information on how we can arrange your EPC immediately, call us on 01721 540170.
Advice for Landlords
Landlords Registration. From 30 April 2006 all landlords are legally required to register themselves and each property they let, with their appropriate local authority and be deemed a fit and proper person in order to let a property. Registration lasts for three years from the date the application is approved by the local authority. All landlords need to ensure that they are registered with the local authority. This can be done online at www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk with a 10% discount. We cannot proceed with letting your property without confirmation of your registration number.
Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 - Repairing Standard. This Act came into force on 3 September 2007 and states that a landlord must ensure their property meets the Repairing Standard at the start of, and throughout, a tenancy. A landlord will have to ensure that their property is “reasonably fit for human habitation” and is wind and water tight. The structure, exterior, installations, fixtures and fittings should be in reasonable repair and working order. Landlords, or their agents will be required to undertake repairs and maintenance to their property in a reasonable timescale. One or more functioning smoke alarms should be installed in the property (normally at least one smoke alarm on each floor). If there are multiple alarms, they should be mains interlinked. Any smoke alarm installed or replaced after 3 September 2007 must be mains powered. The landlord should ensure that the smoke alarm(s) are regularly maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Soft Furnishings. It is mandatory to ensure that all soft furnishings in a let property comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. In order to satisfy these regulations, all items of soft furnishings such as mattresses, sofas, windows seats, etc., must display a compliance label. As a landlord it is your responsibility to ensure that all furniture and soft furnishings comply. Any items which do not comply should be removed from your property.
Periodic Electrical Inspection (PEI). It is a statutory requirement for rented properties that the electrical installation complies with British Standard BS7671. Our company policy is that the installation be inspected and certified every three/five years, depending on the age of the property.
Portable Appliances Test (PAT). A Portable Appliance Test certificate covers all ‘portable items’ and the earth bonding. Our company policy is that this certificate be issued on an annual basis.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Any property available for let as of 4th January 2009 must provide an EPC in order to comply with European Union directives. An EPC must be completed by a Chartered Surveyor or a qualified Energy Assessor and indicates how environmentally friendly and energy efficient a property is - in much the same way as for domestic appliances. This certificate must be made available to JBM Estate Agents prior to marketing, so that we can make it available to prospective tenants.
Gas Regulations. Landlords Gas Safety Certificate: Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, a property must be issued with a Landlords Gas Safety certificate before the property can be let. This is renewable every twelve months and should not be confused with an annual service. Unless you have instructed JBM Estate Agents to arrange for the certificates to be carried out on your behalf, a copy of the certificate should be provided to our office before a tenancy commences.
Notification of Third Parties. Please remember that it is necessary to notify and to obtain permission from third parties who may have an interest in your property of your intentions to let. This will include your insurance company for both buildings and contents and any mortgage lender or any other relevant third party. We strongly recommend that you notify them in writing.
Tenancy Agreement. It is a requirement for landlords to sign their own tenancy agreement. Therefore it is important that we are given clear instructions regarding the length of time the property will be available and that we have a contact address and telephone and fax number in order that the document may be forwarded for signature prior to any tenancy.