Landlords Resources

We specialise in rental properties and we understand letting your property for the first can be daunting. We let and manage anything from single let studios to vast portfolio properties in the central London prime market. Our local knowledge will help to lead you through every pitfall and problem you may encounter. Take time to read this guide. If you need any further information or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Once you have gone through everything below we advise you to read our more in-depth Landlord Guides - topics covered include guaranteed rent, finding the best agent. the law, insurance, living abroad, housing benefit, tenancy agreements, money laundering, safety certificates and property inventories. There is a wealth of information which any landlord would find useful.

  1. Request a free valuation
  2. A Let Only Service
  3. Full Property Management
  4. Property Inventories and Safety Certificates
  5. Consent to Let from Mortgage Provider
  6. Utilities - change of details
  7. Tax Implications
  8. Tenancy Agreement Contracts
  9. Legal Matters - how it effects you

Request a free valuation

  • If you'd like one our specialist lettings managers to conduct a free no obligation valuation or review of your property, please click to request a valuation. You'll need to submit a short form and a member of your nearest branch will be in contact as soon as possible.

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A Let Only Service

Includes:

  • Full rental valuation and inspection with using specialist local knowledge
  • Full inventory with colour with photographs, professionally prepared detailed all contents and condition - signed by all tenants. Read our full guide: Landlords and property inventories
  • Advice on fire safety furnishings, health and safety issues such as smoke alarms and CO alarms and any maintenance recommendations which could enhance rental returns. Read our full guide: Landlords and safety certificates
  • Advertising and marketing your property not only on our interactive and state of the art website, but also on all of the UK's leading property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla, Find A Property, Prime Location and lots more. Click here to see where else we advertise
  • Email and SMS alerts direct to tenants instantly on all new instructions.
  • Accompanied tenant viewings 100% of the time.
  • Extensive referencing and credit checking of tenants who wish to rent your property. Bank statements, employer letters and credit scoring. We use an extensive 25 point verification check on each and every applicant. Read more to see how stringent our tenant referencing process is.
  • Preparation of an assured shorthold tenancy agreement/s for each person letting your property - not just the main applicant. Read more: Landlords and tenancy agreements
  • Collection of initial 6 weeks rent and deposit.
  • Preparing of a standing order mandate for future rent subject to tenancy commencing.

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Full Property Management

Includes all of the above plus:

  • Arranging maintenance with our trusted and verified contractors or your own approved tradesmen.
  • Dealing with day to day tenant issues and queries
  • Transfer of utility bills including electric, gas, council tax and water.
  • End of tenancy property inventory inspection and check out.
  • End of tenancy professional clean
  • Overseeing of rental deposit returns subject to the satisfactory return of the property
  • Proactive tenant finding before expiry of existing contract
  • Read more: Property management - the full guide on what's covered and what isn't.

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Property Inventories and Safety Certificates

We strongly suggest to all of our landlords that a property inventory check should be carried out for each separate tenancy immediately before tenants move in. The purpose of this fully detailed colour report is to establish whether damages have occurred whilst the property was left in the hands of tenants. The use of high resolution colour photographs, detailed descriptions and condition reports and also tenant signatures ensures that a property can be effectively checked.

A comparison is made at the end of the tenancy (check out) with the check in which should have been carried out at the beginning of the tenancy. A tenant is responsible for paying for a check out.

Although fair wear and tear is expected and accepted, a tenant, under the terms of the tenancy agreement, is expected to return the property back to the Landlord in the original condition. This includes an end of tenancy clean if applicable. Our inventory clerks are highly trained and knowledgeable. Although, legally we must remain impartial, we can advise if, in our opinion, the tenant is liable for the cost of a end of tenancy clean. It is therefore in your best interest to ensure a property is professionally cleaned prior to the beginning of a tenancy. Read our full guide: Landlords and property inventories

Safety certificates are required by law. A gas safety certificate will be required to prove your installation is safe. This certificate lasts for 12 months. An electrical certificate will be required to ensure all electrics, cabling, sockets, fuse boards are safe. This certificate lasts for 5 years. An energy performance certificate or EPC will also be required and lasts for 10 years. This lets a prospective tenant know how energy efficient your property actually is. 

We have an in house team of registered and vetted tradesmen who carry out nothing but safety checks. We will be happy to carry out this work on your behalf. We also offer in house end of tenancy cleaning and property inventories.

Read our guides: Landlords and safety certificates and Landlords and property inventories

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Consent to Let

If your property is currently mortgaged then you need to seek consent from the lender before you let out your property. If your property is leasehold then the consent of the Head Lessee or Freeholder will be required. Your insurance company should also be informed as letting out a property to tenants could either invalidate your insurance or incur an increase on premiums. Written consent should be sought. Read our guides: Landlords and the law and Landlords and insurance

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Utilities - change of details

Tenants are responsible for utilities such as gas, electricity, water, telephone, TV and internet (unless otherwise agreed in the tenancy agreement)
Landlords are responsible for payment of service charges and ground rent if applicable on leasehold properties and buildings insurance on freehold properties.

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Tax Implications

If you are a landlord abroad, under the Taxation Of Income From Land (non residents) Regulations 1995, the rent receiving agent has a legal obligation to deduct an amount, which is equal to the basic rate tax, from all rental income. Deductible expenses which the agent can pay for on behalf of the Landlord are taken into account before the deduction is made. This amount is then paid to the Inland Revenue.

However, you, the landlord can apply for exemption from this rule even though you are abroad. Your tax affairs must be in good shape and all up to date. You will need to fill in a NRL1 form and send it off to the IL. This authorises the agent to pay the tax directly to the Landlord.

We are not tax advisors and therefore advise you seek help from a trained person such as an accountant or tax advisor.

Read our guide: Landlords and living abroad

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Tenancy Agreement Contracts

Most tenancy agreements signed nowadays are Assured Shorthold Tenancies. Under the Housing Act 1998 (as amended 1996) Landlords now have more rights to possession. Procedures, if done in the correct manner, are now quicker and simpler than they were previous to these acts coming into force.

There is no minimum period for an AST but we advise on at least a 6-12 month contract on an initial rental. This gives you and the tenant flexibility.

Read our guide: Landlords and tenancy agreements

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Legal Matters

If you wish to discuss any legal matters which you are unsure of then please contact one of our staff members. All staff receive regular and ongoing support and are trained in even complex legal matters such as safety regulations, tenancy agreements, contract and clauses and possession of properties. All staff are experienced in real life practical situations. We will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

We advise all Landlords to conduct all their business through reputable agents. This ensures an enjoyable and smooth experience for all parties involved.

Thankfully tenancy law and estate agents are far better regulated than they were before. There are now balanced rights for all parties, tenants deposits held in approved schemes and more rigorous law and regulation enforcement.

Read our guides:

Landlords and the law

Landlords and living abroad

Landlords and insurance

Further Reading

Once you have gone through everything above we advise you to read our more in-depth Landlord Guides - topics covered include guaranteed rent, finding the best agent. the law, insurance, living abroad, housing benefit, tenancy agreements, money laundering, safety certificates and property inventories. There is a wealth of information which any landlord would find useful.

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  • The agent from the branch is the best agent I have dealt with. My 2 buy to let properties have been handed over to AJB and I do not see any issues now good corporate tenants have filled the property.

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  • I had a great experience with Aaron J Barclay. They saw to selling my house a few months back and I dont believe another agency could have done better.

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  • I used AJB twice now, once for buying and once for the immediate rental of the same. Everything was handled quickly and efficiently. Recommended.

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  • Cant recommend enough for the quality of tenants they found and the communication. Deserved 5 stars.

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  • Excellent and prompt service. Great communication and good admin behind the scenes. I had perfect support at all times.

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