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Our Landlord Packages
We take great pride in the quality of our service for landlords in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, as we manage your property proactively and with confidence . We offer full management services – giving you total peace of mind regarding your investment. We operate within a wide geographical area stretching across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and parts of Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Our friendly team provides advice on every aspect of renting out property including the initial stages; tenancy agreements; preventative maintenance and much more.
For landlords who want us to let their properties but manage the tenancy themselves, we offer a Let Only service. We locate, reference and check your new tenants in – then hand the property and tenancy to you for ongoing management. This package is suitable for experienced landlords who are confident to manage the tenancy within the constraints of the law and is not suitable for landlords with no experience.
Here at SWR, we offer a rent collection service, which is also known as the “Legal Management” package. Happy to deal with maintenance and regular inspections yourself, but want your legal compliance taken care of? If so, this is the package for you.
The team at South West Relocation were helpful from the start. They explained the letting process and costs involved. Their online forms to gather information, sign leases, submit payslips were easy to complete saving lots of posting of paperwork. The team were readily available on the phone or via email with answers and maintenance solutions as needed. The checkout process was also very smooth. I can recommend them to any potential tenants.
The process of renting your property through SWR
The first step is to call us for a no obligation chat about your situation, your property and your goals and expectations. Part of our services to landords in Bristol and South Gloucestershire is to advise on all aspects of renting, and can book you in for a free valuation or provide you with information describing our services in more detail.
We can talk in further depth about the rental value and any suggested improvements that may be required prior to rental including any work required to comply with any industry-specific laws or legislation. We can talk through your individual requirements and answer any questions you may have. We recommend you talk to other agents to get a feel for the type of agency you would like to place your business with – each agent can work very differently to the next. We have a family-based ethos and are not target or profit-driven – customer service for our clients – and we are passionate about doing our jobs well.
If you decide to proceed with our services, we will confirm your choice of package and send you a terms of business. We will then arrange to visit again to take marketing photos if the property is ready to market. If not, we can work with you using your own or our contractors to carry out any work needed. We can take a set of keys to be logged into our secure system if we need to meet to give access for various jobs.
When marketing commences, an advert will be added to online portals, our own website, social media and if you consent, a flag board placed at a prominent location to catch passing trade. We will also attempt to match tenants from our existing database. The property details will also be shared with local high street estate agents as they regularly have walk-in clients in search of properties.
Viewings will commence, which are always attended by a member of the team. When a tenant is located, you will advised of their circumstances in the form of a completed application form (number of occupants, children, pets, employment status, length of tenancy required) for your acceptance prior to us taking a holding deposit. Please note: During the Covid-19 crisis there are changes to the way we carry out viewings.
The referencing includes a check of a tenants credit score, their employment details, character references and conversing with their previous landlord. Although thorough checks are made, please be mindful that references are not fool proof as personal circumstances often change – so we always recommend you have a contingency fund so you are prepared in the case of any issues. This process also includes checks to comply with immigration law.
On the completion of referencing and after your final acceptance, a tenancy document will be provided to the tenants for signature via an electronic signature platform, alongside relevant paperwork required by law. One months’ rent in advance and five weeks rent as a security deposit (if applicable) will be collected prior to the day of check in. The deposit will be registered with a secure tenancy deposit scheme as required by law if included in your package.
Prior to the day of check-in, as part of the process the required safety testing will be carried out. Testing includes fixed wire testing, gas, portable appliance, furniture, CO/Smoke alarm, smoke bomb or Legionnaires’ disease risk assessment. On an annual basis, the required safety testing, routine maintenance and boiler servicing will be carried out, and charged to your monthly statement, if included in your package.
A professional third party inventory is strongly recommended and would be carried out prior to the day of check in, similar to the safety testing. Carpet cleaning and domestic cleaning can also be arranged if necessary and this would be done shortly before the inventory.
To check-in, the tenants will be asked to meet one of our property managers at the property. They will be given all the relevant paperwork, shown how to use the heating systems and appliances, and advised of any quirks in the property, prior to being provided their keys. A smoke/CO alarm check and minor Legionnaires’ disease check will be carried out in the presence of the tenant, but the ongoing responsibility for both then transfers to the tenant for the duration of the tenancy, and this is included in the tenancy agreement. We feel strongly that an “in person” check in is important to set up the tenancy and get it off to a good start.
After the tenants have moved into the property, the tenancy will be looked after by a dedicated property manager, unless you have chosen a Let Only package: if so, at this point we hand the property management back to you. On all other packages, you will receive a monthly statement and associated invoices along with your payment of rental funds – this will come via the method you have chosen, along with a copy sent to any other relevant party as necessary (joint landlord, accountant).
Making sure your property is consistently maintained in good condition is part of our service. A property inspection with full photographic report will be carried out every four months (the first is carried out after three). These are useful not only to ensure the tenant is keeping the property in a suitable fashion, but also keeps track of any maintenance issues, as well as ensuring your ongoing compliance with the Immigration Act and the HHSRS/Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act and allowing for preventative maintenance planning.
Any incoming or reactive maintenance will be dealt with in the way you have specified, including any issues out of hours though an emergency maintenance line provided to tenants.
Two months prior to the end of the fixed term, you will be contacted by our team to confirm you are happy for the tenants to remain in the property. If so, the tenants will be offered their options (another fixed term, or remaining on a periodic “rolling” basis) and new contracts negotiated and administered if appropriate.
The rent will be reviewed on an annual basis or at your request and increased with the relevant notice if appropriate. All our tenancy agreements now transfer to a Contractual Periodic Tenancy (rather than the most common “Statutory” Periodic Tenancy) at the end of their fixed term as this reduces liability for the landlord with regards to council tax of empty properties, unless of course the tenant requests otherwise.
Any issues that develop with with tenants including, but not limited to, the service of eviction notices, abandonment procedures and tenancy surrenders, rental arrears, anti-social behaviour and damage to property can be dealt with on your behalf by our team. If you decide to take your tenant to court, we will help and advise you, however court attendance is chargeable and we would recommend instead that you employ a solicitor to represent you.
At the end of tenancy the tenants will be checked out of the property by your dedicated property manager. This involves checking the current condition of the property against the original inventory, transferring utilities and dealing with relevant legal paperwork as well as preparing the property for a void period, if applicable. If the property is going to be re-let, the negotiators will have already been working on this for you and a new tenant should already be lined up by this point.
Any differences of opinion relating to the return of the deposit are negotiated, and if no agreement can be reached will be referred to tenancy deposit arbitration, a free service provided by the government deposit protection schemes.
SWR Residential Lettings is owner focused. For us, taking the role of a landlord and managing your rental properties is more than just collecting rents. We are proactive rental specialists, ensuring that each property receives personalised attention with proven strategies attracting the widest audience and minimising void periods. We believe that we are innovative thinkers and are always striving to achieve the very best results for our clients.