Empty Homes Initiative
Landlord Information
Tenant Introduction Only
With our basic, yet comprehensive introduction service, let LALS take the stress out of letting your property. We will...
  • Visit the property, take details of accommodation and give advice on achievable rents.
  • Prepare property detail sheets for circulation to potential tenants.
  • Liaise on your behalf with the local Authority.
  • List your property on several local authority websites.
  • Provide advice on all aspects of letting.
  • Arrange viewings for prospective tenants
  • Obtain comprehensive references
  • Prepare the Tenancy Agreement
  • Collect deposit and first month's rent
  • Take meter readings and advise utilities
  • Prepare Inventory
  • Deal with Tenancy Renewals
  • Serve necessary legal notices
  • Undertake the closing inspection.
Under this service the Landlord is responsible for all dealings with the tenant including maintenance and rent collection. This service is primarily aimed at local landlords happy to have regular contact with tenants.

We will visit you in the property to be let to discuss market rent, the type of tenant required and timescale of availability. At this stage we will also advise you on the legal requirements for letting your property, tax and insurance issues. These are discussed below, but you may have further questions to be expanded upon.

Upon your signing our Terms and Conditions of Business, your property will be marketed with the local authority, via our website. Our aim is to find you the most suitable tenant, in the shortest possible time and for the best possible rent.

References

Once we have found a tenant, we will take references, using a good independent professional referencing company. This includes credit checks, employment confirmation/accountant's reference, lender/previous landlord references and a banker’s reference. Should we deem it necessary, we will also ask for a Guarantor who will also be thoroughly referenced.

The Tenancy

If the Tenant is deemed to be satisfactory, we prepare a tenancy agreement for you which will normally be an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST), entitling you to seek possession of your property at the end of the fixed term. This agreement sets out all parties obligations and responsibilities such as liabilities for repairs or damages, maintenance and utility charges. The minimum initial tenancy period is normally six months and we would recommend that it is no longer than twelve months, in case you wish to regain possession for any reason.

Inventory & Schedule of Condition

We take great care in arranging a comprehensive inventory and schedule of condition at the beginning of every tenancy to ensure that, should any internal fabric of the property or its furnishings get damaged, you will have documented evidence with which to claim recompense from the tenant's deposit. The document is approved and signed by the tenant and copies distributed to all parties.

Rent/Deposit

Prior to checking in, we will collect the first month's rent from the tenant (from which our introductory fee is taken), together with a dilapidations deposit (equivalent to six weeks' rent and a minimum of £1000) which we will forward to you. It is your responsibility to lodge the deposit in a government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme which has been a statutory requirement since April 2007 (we are able to provide you with the relevant information).

Viewings

All prospective tenants are accompanied when viewing your property.

Keys

You should provide one set of keys for each Tenant.

Looking for something even more comprehensive which removes all contact with the tenant? Try our Full Management service.