Landlord and Tenant

What you need to know

Short Assured Tenancies

Advantages

  • Guaranteed to recover property at end of tenancy if formalities followed.
  • Free to fix own rental in most cases.
  • Free to fix conditions of tenancy.
  • Well established and cost effective procedures.

Essentials For Short Assured Tenancies

  • Must be capable of lasting at least six months.
  • Only for residential property.
  • Required forms MUST be served on tenant before tenancy starts.
  • Required forms to end tenancy MUST be served on tenant in good time before tenancy ends.

Practical Things You Need To Know

  • Rent is taxable depending on your circumstances. Expenses of letting can be tax deductible.
  • Gas central heating and gas fires must be properly checked once a year.
  • Smoke alarms must be wired to mains electricity.
  • All soft furnishings must comply with fire regulations.
  • It is a criminal offence to harass tenant to make tenant leave early.
  • If the property is subject to a mortgage you must obtain your lender's permission before the property is let.
  • You must notify your insurers or cover under your house insurance policy may be void

What Hewats Can Do For You

  • Vet applicants, check references and find you a tenant.
  • Prepare and serve all required forms to start tenancy.
  • Frame comprehensive Tenancy Agreement tailored for each property.
  • Advise you of the pitfalls of letting and ensure your position is protected where possible.
  • Collect rentals, settle bills, engage tradesmen as required and regularly account to you.
  • Serve all required forms to bring tenancy to and end.
  • Recover possession through court procedures if tenant does not remove.

If you have a property you may wish to let and wish further details or a no obligation appraisal and inspection please contact our Property Department at 63 King Street, Castle Douglas (telephone 01556 502946) or email Property Mailbox

This article is published for general guidance only and reflects law and practice at the time of issue and is not a definitive or comprehensive statement of the law.

© Hewats Solicitors 2001