Fire safety advice for landlords
- 3 December 2014
- Tips for Landlords
In 2012 to 2013 the fire and rescue service attended 192,600 fires. More than a third of the fires which were in…Read More
Landlords are sometimes in situation where they must take control of their property and make a decision to solve a problem. It is more than common that private landlords face these situations alone. Finding the right tenants for your property in London is indeed the best way to avoid these problems, but if they arise, follow these tips to solve them out:
1) I need my tenant to move out: whatever the reason there are a few rules you need to follow. Since your tenant will be forced to find a property in London, you must give him/her a two month notice and it cannot be before the agreed assured short-hold tenancy (AST) period. Keep it in mind when you sign a contract.
2) Persistent delay in payments: This issue has to be dealt with care. If you are not flexible with your tenants delays and it is repeated through the days, you must take the followings: write a formal letter to the tenant asking for the payment (This will give you written proof), give a two week notice to pay the rent and, if necessary, claim your property in court.
3) Issues to enter your rented property: Although you are the owner, you need the tenant’s invitation to enter the property. In the case of constant rejection you can apply to the courts for injunction. The tenant will always allow you to get in the property as long as there is a good reason behind (i.e. GSC checks). Make sure you give notice to the tenant of your intentions and you will in most cases avoid this problem.
4) Renew or not renew: at the end of an AST contract, if the tenant wishes to continue, the landlord has the option of signing an extension or finishing the tenancy and finding someone else. This decision is simple: if you are happy with your tenant, don’t hesitate and sign an extension; if not, consider finding someone else. In case you decide to renew the contract, consider all the aspects again, such as a new DPS, new contract… etc
In order to make the landlord-tenant relationships better it is necessary that both parts are informed of their obligations, responsibilities and rights. Only through this knowledge, renting a spare room, a houseshare or a flatshare in London can become a pleasant and simple process for everyone. These tips are meant to support private landlords and London property owners. If you require more help, Mind the flat can give you free support to take the best decision about your property.