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Landlord Advice

Like selling a home, renting one out quickly and to the right people requires a great deal of preparation.

Whether you need to let a single room, a flat or a full house, getting the listing and property presentation right from the beginning will help ensure the desired sort of tenant comes to view it. In a competitive rental market with tight vacancy rates, there are often properties available – so how do you ensure yours stands out from the crowd, and is ultimately filled with good tenants?

  • Presentation is key when making a good first impression on prospective tenants. Showing your rental property in a state of disrepair or while it’s dirty will not only make it seem unappealing, but will suggest it’s owned by an absentee landlord who is slow to respond to maintenance issues invariably, people will be put off.
  • Advertise your property clearly, and with a number of high resolution images. This will help prospective tenants that are relocating for corporate or study purposes to get a feel for your property while searching for accommodation in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff. It’s important to highlight key features such as private parking, and to clearly outline your smoking and pets policy as well as your stance on student or DSS occupants.
  • You can reduce the amount of time for which your property is vacant by making sure it’s priced correctly. Understand that the amount you’d like to get isn’t always what you’re likely to get. While every landlord will run the numbers and come up with a figure, if this figure is out of touch with what else is available in the area or what other similar properties are going for, tenants will go elsewhere. Our Estate Agency can conduct a free valuation on your rental property to help you ascertain a correct asking price.
  • Be clear about what’s included in the rent, as this will save everyone time and act as a selling point to make your property stand out from the crowd. It will also help circumvent issues of non-payment later on, so it’s wise to clearly outline whether the rent is inclusive of things like council tax, electricity and water, gas and cable/Wi-Fi.
  • Create a tenant agreement that complies with legislation, and protects your interests. Our Estate Agents will produce a legally assured shorthold tenancy agreement with your added covenants.

To learn more about how our team can help you advertise and fill your next rental property, contact MeadowVale Estate Agents Ltd. today.