Selecting, vetting and setting up your tenant
Getting the best possible tenant for your property is our priority. We obtain full reference checks which include a credit check, an employer’s check, previous landlord reference and if necessary, a UK resident guarantor. In addition to this paperwork, because we conduct personal viewings we have the opportunity to assess each candidate.
Overseeing the signing of the tenancy agreement
We prepare the tenancy agreement. It will be a Private Residential Tenancy (PRT). From December 2017 all tenancies in Scotland, by law, must be PRTs. We strongly advise you familiarise yourself with the key implications of this law by clicking here where we have summarised them.
Before the tenant signs the tenancy agreement we ask for a security deposit equivalent to one month’s rent. Under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, this is held by a Government-approved Deposit Scheme company, not us. This will be returned to the tenant at the end of the tenancy minus any repair or excessive cleaning costs that may be incurred. This will be fully explained to the tenant.
Starting and finishing each tenancy
Before any new tenancy begins we require that an inventory is prepared. We use an independent third party company and this is a separately chargeable service.
Whenever possible we arrange to check tenants in at the property. This allows us to ensure that they understand how everything works and their key obligations as a tenant.
We take initial meter readings and ensure that the utility and council tax accounts are changed into the tenant’s name.
End of Tenancy
At the end of the tenancy, we take meter readings and inspect the property. We ask the Deposit Scheme operators to release the tenant’s deposit, less any deductions.
The tenant has up to 30 working days to accept or decline any deductions. If they decline the request, this will be referred to the Deposit Scheme dispute resolution team. We will provide all the required evidence and you will be kept up to date as necessary.