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

  • Valentin Mocho Rodriguez

    Fantastic experience, Bilal was super helpful, responsive & very patient with me constantly pestering him for updates. Smoothest experience I’ve had with a letting agent for sure!

  • Adrian Agho

    Excellent service, very helpful staff.

  • ELENA ZO

    5 stars for Stefano Basciu​, letting consultant. He made the process of securing the flat we liked quick and straightforward. He was there to answer questions : )

  • Paul V

    I'm leaving one amazing property managed by Samuel Estates not only because their staff believe they can trespass the property in my absence as they give the keys away to third parties / service providers without any supervision. I did my best to fix this issue but they just lied to me (in written). The maintenance is also poor: for one year they failed to fix an issue with the boiler / water pressure so it's impossible to have a shower at constant temperature.

  • Maheen Nasir

    Very straightforward process to rent out a property with Samuel Estates. Stefano was great to deal with and responded to any queries we had promptly

  • Ayanna Griffith

    Stefano was my estate agent and he was great. Whenever I had a question he would take the time to find an answer, and was always available to speak to. I recommend Samuel Estates agency!

  • Zoha Desmukh

    Great experience so far! Stefano gave me loads of help and support! I recommend this agency

  • Phillip Ross

    I have been with Ryan and team as a landlord now for over 5 years they have provided an amazing service always available, willing to listen and help above and beyond the accepted norm, at a reasonable price.
    I can not highly recommend enough

  • Laura Tossan

    Samuel Estates and Stefano were very helpful and reactive all along the process from my first visit until I moved in! Thank you!

  • Wajahat Akram

    Great team, very friendly and accommodating. We felt like we were in good hands, I can recommend them highly!

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