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

  • Mary Cooke

    I rarely submit a review but my recent experience with Samuel Estates compelled me to make an exception. I have contracted with Samuel Estate for some 20 years now on a tenant find basis for my rental properties and have never been disappointed. The process is fully managed to sourcing new tenants, arranging agreements and vetting potential tenants. Each member of the team strives to understand your requirements in an honest and professional manner. Utmost to the fore is their communication, accessibility and support resulting in the placing of exceptional tenants for me over these years.
    Recently as a result of the pandemic, we decided to relocate and our obvious choice was Samuel Estate to handle the sale of our home. An extremely stressful time considering that we were also moving abroad. The initial advice given was let the professionals do their job and advice well given as we secured a quick sale which would not have been possible without Paul Ahern. Everything went smoothly from the outset including a high standard of brochure/website photographs, showings and feedback. Once the sale was agreed Paul’s efforts did not cease and managed the full process, liaising with solicitors and buyers to the final steps needed to complete.
    Thank you Paul and your amazing team for your care, concern, support and efficiency.

  • Ross Reid

    We were very pleased with Yohana as our Property Manager who was prompt and professional in dealing with any queries or issues as tenants we had during our tenancy and in corresponding with the Landlord.

  • Zenon Zeniou

    Samuel Estate was perhaps the best experience I had in the last 10 years with an agency. They were very helpful throughout our tenancy and very prompt in dealing with our enquiries.I would choose this agency again!

  • Adam

    We have been clients of Samuel Estaes for over 10 years now, they have always provided excellent advice followed up by good results.
    I highly recommend.

  • the Villager hair salon

    I have been letting my property through Samuel Estates for many years now. The team are professional, friendly and always make you feel like you are being properly looked after. Highly recommended!

  • Harriet Freer-Smith

    As a private Landlord I have instructed Samuel Estates over many years
    to let my flats in Clapham and Balham. I have always found them to be highly professional, fast to react and extremely helpful.
    I would have no hesitation in recommending Samuel Estates to other landlords.
    I would add that their virtual tour of the properties has been fantastic through covid and resulted in top rents being achieved.
    regards Chris Freer-Smith

  • Steve Humphrey

    I feel compelled to write a review for my lettings agent, Samuel Estates.
    I have been using Samuel Estates for over 16 years now, on a fully managed/ tenant find basis for my buy to let flats in London and I can honestly say they have never let me down.
    They are always friendly, honest, helpful, polite and highly professional in their lettings management business.
    They treat both myself and my tenants with respect and empathy and are very responsive whenever there is an issue to be dealt with.
    This approach leads to happy tenants, many of whom have been in my flats for years at a time.
    Samuel Estates vetting process in sourcing me new tenants whenever necessary is also excellent and in 16 or so years I've never been let down by any of my tenants.
    I cannot fault Samuel Estates for their honesty and professionalism and they always go the extra mile to help me.
    As a customer I feel valued and supported. Both of these things are so important in this day and age.
    Thank you Paul, Chi, Ryan, Stefano and the rest of the team for your care, concern, support and efficiency.

  • Robert Whitwam

    I've been with Samuel Estates for over 15 years now and I have nothing but high praise for them; as a non-resident landlord they have made the task of being a landlord incredibly easy! They are most professional, incredibly useful when called upon and generally just very pleasant to deal with. I can highly recommend them to anyone.

  • Steve Barron

    Samuel Estates have been managing a property for me for the last 3 years. The service I have received from them has been excellent and I highly recommend them.

  • Siri1175 JAM

    I have been using Samuel Estates for the last 11 years both as a renter and a landlord. In all that time they have been utterly professional in their approach. They are straight-forward in their approach, prompt with their responses and efficient and effective when managing issues relating to the properties. They have a clear focus on maintaining high standards when managing properties, and take as much care with small matters as well as large.I would not hesitate in recommending their services.

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