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Preparing to Let Checklist

Preparing to Let your property can be a very stressful process. At Samuel Estates, we are here to assist you every step of the way. We believe that letting your home or entrusting us with your investment portfolio is a big decision. It’s up to us to ensure your property is rented quickly and to reliable tenants, achieving the best price possible.  

Here are some of the things we recommend checking before deciding to rent your property. 

Condition of property

The condition of a property makes a huge difference. Decorating properties in neutral colours, with modern kitchens and bathrooms, tends to ensure it rents out much faster and achieves higher rents.  

Insurance

Standard home insurance will be invalid when letting out your property, and you will need a specialist landlord policy. We can arrange all of this for you and provide you with a choice of suitable policies upon request.

Furnished vs Unfurnished?

We have found that 80% of tenants in London tend to opt for a furnished property. We can advise you on what to leave and what to remove. We can also help organise furniture, redecoration and window coverings before a tenancy commences.  

Term of Tenancy

Most tenancy agreements are for an initial term of one or two years, with the option to insert mutually agreed break clauses. Please ask the lettings team handling your property for further details.  

Cleaning

We strongly recommend carrying out a professional clean when you let your property for the first time. This ensures the property is noted as professionally clean on your inventory and check-in and the tenants have to return the property in the same state of cleanliness.  

Inventory

A professionally drawn up inventory agreed upon by an Inventory Clerk and tenant acts as a safeguard for you from any unwarranted disputes at the end of the tenancy. At check-out, the keys are returned, and the inventory is once again referred to. By not having an inventory, you will have little or no evidence of the property’s condition at the start of the tenancy, and it would be difficult to make any deductions from a tenants deposit.  

Cleaning

In most cases, the tenant(s) are responsible for paying all gas, electricity, telephone, water, council tax and television licence bills during the tenancy. If the property is leasehold, the landlord is responsible for paying any ground rent and service charges that may fall due.  

Pre-tenancy Inspection (Managed Service Only)

All appliances, including the boiler, must be in good working order and serviced as per the Manufacturer’s instructions. We will provide all tenants moving into a managed property a “Managed Property Information Guide” that contains operating and instruction manuals for all appliances and electrical equipment. We will also inspect the property before the tenancy commencing to confirm everything is in working order. 

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What our customers think

  • Charmaine Cheung

    Rented a place in London through Samuel Estates even when I was still living abroad, thanks to the fantastic Bilal Jamil who was so helpful throughout the whole process, helping arrange the virtual viewing and following up promptly right through to the move in date. Thank you so much Bilal!

  • Kia Wing

    The process right from searching to signing the contract has been smooth and easily laid out. Stefano has been amazing from the beginning of the process. He's been very responsive and understanding of what we needed, going the extra mile to secure us the perfect property. We would 100% recommend Stefano and Samuel Estates to anyone looking for their next property.

  • Natalia Sanchez

    We found a new place to rent through Samuel Estates and our experience so far has been quite positive. Bilal, who has been our main contact responsible for the "onboarding process", signing contracts etc.. has been very helpful and responsive solving all our questions promptly and keeping us updated during the whole time.

  • Lasse Berglund

    Bilal and Aleyna were both extremely helpful during our latest search for a flat.

    Booking viewings via email was painless, and the whole offer and referencing process was very smooth.

  • Brian Sharland

    Dealing with Samuel's Estate Agents has been a real pleasure. Their staff are friendly, courteous and efficient. All our queries were taken seriously and answered usually on the spot. The paperwork was sorted out quickly and the few issues after we had moved in were handled quickly too. Their aftercare is as good as their service.

  • Damir Lipa

    Brilliant service from Lina, my property manager at Samuel Estate in Streatham. Always available, positive attitude, prompt response and follow up to all requests, proactive and professional. Highly recommended!

  • isabela maciel

    Very happy with the services provided. From the lady who picked up the phone and managed to squeeze me into a viewing for 15 minutes after the call, to Stefano who showed the property and assisted me through the offering process with his excellent expertise. Also happy with the post signing service so far, including support for setting up and transferring bills.

  • Ava Chiu

    The whole renting process was very smooth. Agent Stefano is professional and responsive to our queries by providing detailed info every time. We love the property and area but it is a shame that the property is full of heavy cigarette smell in the upholstery which is deep inside and hard to get rid of the smell e.g. leather sofa. The whole experience will be even better if the smell has been removed by professional cleaning before we moved in. Unfortunately, Samuel Estate could not help much on this after we reported. Apart from this, the experience was good and staff are helpful! That's why it's 4 stars. Otherwise, we will give 5 definitely.

  • Christian Larsson

    I have been a happy client for many years and I continue to use Samuel Estates for my property management. Professional, transparent and service minded.

  • Ross Campbell

    My partner and I are a week away from moving in! The staff at Samuel Estates have been very helpful and quick to respond to any quieres throughout the process. Having engaged with almost all agencies within the area by far have found these to have the best properties and the best staff!

Our office locations

Balham

45 Bedford Hill
London
SW12 9EY

Colliers Wood

30 Watermill Way
London
SW19 2RT

Streatham Common

432-434 Streatham High Rd
London
SW16 3PX