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LETTING YOUR PROPERTY

 

YOUR INVESTMENT

Ashton Roberts recognise that a rental investment is a valuable asset and any serious property investor will appreciate the importance of using an experienced letting agent adequately equipped and qualified to handle matters effectively on their behalf.

A combination of our unquestionable track record, our dynamic approach to marketing and extensive experience of what it takes to effectively let and manage a property, should provide any discerning landlord with the confidence that their rental investment will be in safe hands.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Ashton Roberts is fully licensed by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). This is the governing regulatory body for letting agents in the UK and its policies develop and maintain the highest possible standards.

ARLA is seen as a benchmark for professionalism that both landlords and tenants can have full confidence in.

Membership to ARLA is attained only by agents who demonstrate they have a thorough knowledge of their business in accordance with the current ‘best management’ practices.
All members are required to have professional indemnity cover and are further covered by a scheme that provides financial client protection against misappropriation of any money.

All members are governed by Principles of Professional Conduct that provides a strict framework for ethical and professional standards at a level far higher than the law demands.

MANAGEMENT

We offer 2 different levels of service, let only, or a comprehensive service for total peace of mind. Check the table below to see which you would prefer

Letting and Full Management Service
Introduction Only Service
Market appraisal
Marketing, advertising and conducting viewings at the property
Tenant selection, introduction and referencing
Preparation of the tenancy agreement
Preparation of the inventory and schedule of condition
Transfer of rents
Arranging routine repairs and maintenance under £200
Project management of repairs and refurbishments
Regular Routine property visits
Payment of property related outgoings
Notifying utilities at the beginning and end of the tenancy
Rental Income Reports
Managing the commencement of your let and any subsequent extensions
Tenancy Extensions
Tenancy Deposit Scheme administration
Energy Performance Certificates
Gas safety certificate
Expert property advice
MARKET APPRAISAL

When we initially assess a property we indicate what we believe to be a realistic rent, depending on current market conditions. We are happy to advise you on any improvements which will make your property easier to rent or would secure a higher rent.

MARKETING

We will take a number of colour photographs and select the best. We record room sizes and all the special features. Your property will be featured on our own website, and on ‘Rightmove’ and ‘Zoopla’. We advertise in the local paper and in the Eastern Daily Press.

We will display your property in the window of our highly visible High Street offices

With your permission, we will erect a distinctive ‘Ashton Roberts’ ‘To Let’ board. It advertises your property 24 hours a day and will generate a significant number of enquiries

TENANTS

Finding the right tenant for a property is fundamental. We start by establishing the sort of person you wish to occupy your property. We then match this to prospective tenants and arrange viewings. If you supply us with a set of keys, we will carry out viewings without you needing to be there, in which case a member of our staff will accompany all viewings. We will advise you of suitable prospective tenants and obtain your permission to proceed further.

When dealing with private tenants we take references. We also carry out a credit check using a credit referencing agency. We may ask for a guarantor, who will also be checked.

ADMINISTRATION

We prepare the tenancy agreement, which contains the terms and obligations of the tenancy and may include special conditions particular to your property.

We are happy to provide an EPC and inventory.

If you opt for the full management service, we then continue with the check-in, interim inspections and all the day to day management and maintenance.

Whichever service you choose – we are here to help

OUR FEES

FULL MANAGEMENT SERVICE

Letting Arrangement Fee:
There is a one-off set up fee, which is charged at the commencement of a new let and is for marketing and introducing a tenant: £600 (£500 plus VAT)

Monthly Management Service:
12% of the monthly rental (10% plus VAT)

Registering Deposit Fee:
With the ‘Tenancy Deposit Scheme’: £24 (£20 plus VAT)

Renewal Fee:
This fee is charged at the renewal of a tenancy, when a new agreement is signed for a fixed term or the terms are changed on the current tenancy agreement. The cost of this is included

Serving Notice:
This fee is charged if you instruct us to serve a notice on the tenant: Included

Non Routine Management:
For project management of major repairs or renovations, where the cost exceeds £1000. 15% of the total

Administration and reports for disputed deposit, referred for adjudication: £60 (£50 plus VAT)

Deduction and Payment of tax for non-resident landlords: £180 (£150 plus VAT)

Inventory:
This fee is charged for completing the Inventory and Schedule of Condition. VAT is included.
Variable, from £66, depending on number of bedrooms.

LET ONLY SERVICE

Letting Arrangement Fee:
There is a one-off fee which is charged for marketing the property and introducing a tenant: 100% of the first month’s rent – minimum £900 including VAT. (100% of the first month’s rent, minimum £750 plus VAT)

Registering Deposit Fee:
With the ‘Tenancy Deposit Scheme’: £36 (£30 plus VAT)

Renewal Fee:
This fee is charged at the renewal of a tenancy, where a new agreement is signed for a fixed term or the terms are changed on the current tenancy agreement: £60 (£50 plus VAT)

Serving Notice:
This fee will be charged if you instruct us to serve a notice on the tenant: £42 (£35 plus VAT)

Inventory:
This fee is charged for completing the Inventory and Schedule of Condition. VAT is included.
Variable, from £66, depending on number of bedrooms.

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