My ten tips for renting out your London property will help you maximise the potential of your apartment or house. The list includes practical advice such as making sure you purchase the right landlord insurance and enjoyable tasks like styling your property for the marketing photos. I like to be super organised so that I don’t forget anything important. I hope that my ten tips for renting out your London property are helpful if you want to become a private landlord.
My Ten Tips For Renting Out Your London Property
1. First, do your research. You need to be sure that you want to rent your property and, more importantly, if you are allowed to rent it. If you have a buy to let mortgage, then you’ll be okay. If not, check with your mortgage lender, and if you live in an apartment, clarify the lease for restrictions. Investigate the rental fees for similar properties so you can prepare a budget of incoming rent against outgoings (landlord insurance, repairs, tax, agent’s fees, void periods, etc.). Be aware of government rental classifications and changes. For example, if you rent to more than three people from different households, it is classified as a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO), and you may need a licence.
2. Safeguard your investment with specialist landlord insurance. It’s a competitive market, so it’s wise to compare landlord insurance (sponsored link) before making your selection. Insurance will give you peace of mind, so I think it should be a priority.
3. Keeping your tenants safe is essential. You’ll need a Gas Safety Certificate for a gas boiler and meet electrical safety standards. Smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide alarm are vital. Check the government website for information about the housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS).
4. Repair any broken items in the property, such as cupboard doors that don’t close property and dripping taps.
5. Before you decorate, furnish and style the property, you will need to have a clear image of who your tenants will be. By doing this, you can spend your budget accordingly and cater for a particular taste.
6. Decorate if necessary. Neutral colours such as white walls and ceilings are the best option.
7. Give the property a thorough clean, which can make all the difference to your tenants.
8. Make your property memorable with the right furniture and clever staging and styling. If it’s a renter’s market, you need to ensure that your flat or house stands out from the crowd. Style the property with your renter in mind. For example, if you want to attract a professional couple, hang contemporary wall art. Add some decorative accessories, including on-trend cushions, fresh flowers and fluffy towels. Pay attention to dressing the beds even if you are renting at the low end of the market.
9. When the property looks pristine, it’s time to invite a letting agent into view and take the photographs. Choosing an agent is down to personal choice. Ask friends and neighbours for recommendations and check online reviews. If you’re on a budget, you can always become the agent! Download a tenancy agreement and host the viewings yourself.
10. Go that extra mile by providing your new tenants with information about the local London area, including restaurants, take-aways, your favourite pubs and other amenities they can enjoy. If you are feeling extra generous, you can welcome them with a gift basket.
More Property Staging and Styling Tips
If you want to find out more information about property staging and styling, please read these articles written by me. Good luck with your property rental!
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