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Landlord General Information



Jeffersons Management Services provides a range of letting and management services based on the experience, skills and expertise of our lettings team. As members of arla propertymark (formerly ARLA), NALS, The Property Ombudsman (TPO) and SAFEagent, you can be assured that we have a detailed understanding of the lettings and management sector and will ensure that you are given the best possible service.

Over the last few years and, following the introduction of the 1988 Housing Act which offers greater protection and possession rights to Landlords, there has been a resurgence of growth in the lettings market.

People from all walks of life are looking to become involved in the rental market whether as private Investors, Companies, people who need to relocate with their work or homeowners who are having difficulty in selling their own properties. Increasingly, large numbers of people are entering the ‘Buy to Let’ sector as an opportunity for investment.

As a result, Landlords have come to expect extensive knowledge and expertise from the Agency they choose to act in their interests.

Where to Start?

1.  Lettings Agent – we would suggest you find an agent who is associated to a Trade Association such as arla propertymark. In choosing us, you have come to the right place.

ARLA is an independent organisation solely concerned with the lettings market. It ensures that its affiliated agents meet specific professional standards and fulfil other strict criteria such as provision of a separate client account for the collection of clients’ monies and availability of a bonding scheme to protect the client in the event of misappropriation of clients’ funds.

The agent may also be a member of NALS (the National Approved Letting Scheme) which is a government backed accreditation scheme providing peace of mind to both the Landlord and Tenants through the knowledge that firms within NALS offer high levels of customer service.

2. Having chosen us as your agent, you will need to prepare your property for rental and below we list a few guidelines to assist you:

The rental market, as with any other, is very competitive therefore, in order to obtain the best possible Tenants, you you'll need to present your property in the most effective way. Here are some of the measures we suggest:

  • Interior walls should be finished in neutral colours and floors should have plain carpeting or preferably wood laminate flooring. 
  • Fabrics and Furnishings (if any are being offered) should be able to withstand reasonable wear and tear and be of suitable quality.
  • Evidence of animals and their odours should be eliminated.
  • The front door should be clean and the Entrance Hall clear of any obstructions as first impressions are always important.
  • The entire property should be clean and well-aired and any garden area or balconies neat and tidy.
  • If the weather is cold, heating should be turned on for prospective tenants and, in warmer conditions, windows opened.
  • For any other advice, just give us a call.


3. Other important considerations for Landlords before Letting:

  • Written consent must be obtained from your Mortgage Provider/Freeholder (if property is leasehold).
  • Your Insurance Company must be notified that the property is to be rented out and appropriate insurance obtained for a tenanted property. There are specialist insurance companies who can provide this and we would be happy to assist you.
  • The Inland Revenue must also be informed within 6 months of letting your property, flat or apartment in the UK and failure to do so will incur penalties, interest and other consequences. The Inland Revenue are may deal harshly with Landlords who do not declare rental income and it is always best to seek advice on tax planning and Capital Gains Tax from a fully qualified Accountant. 
  • Mail should be redirected with the Post Office.
  • Further copies of keys will need to be provided, at least two if you have Management Agents acting for you.
  • Utilities such as gas/electricity/water/telephone & Council Tax will have to be transferred to the successful Tenant.
  • An Inventory and Check In should be drawn up. This is an important legal document which forms an integral part of the Tenancy Agreement and, as such, it is a false economy to prepare your own in most cases.
  • The Inventory is required whether the property to let is furnished or unfurnished and accurate descriptions of the overall condition of wall/floor coverings, kitchen and bathroom fittings to name but a few are essential. Amounts cannot be withheld from the Tenant’s deposit unless the loss or damage is proved to have been caused by the Tenant.
  • In the event that any dispute concerning loss or damage to your property is not amicably resolved then the matter will be referred to the Courts and arbitration but it should be noted that any judgement will be on the basis of written documentation – the Inventory


 4. Tenancy – The Housing Act 1988 (amended 1996) has given rise to two types of Tenancy: Assured and Assured Short hold Tenancy as well as the existing Company Tenancy and Contractual Tenancy.

A) Assured Tenancy
Certain criteria have to be satisfied for a tenancy to qualify for assured status. Assured Tenancy gives the Tenant security of tenure but at a market rent negotiated between the parties. The Landlord may request back possession of the property let on an Assured Tenancy but must obtain a COURT ORDER. This has its advantages but is not as flexible.

B) Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST)
This Tenancy is attractive to Landlords as it offers market rents without security of tenure beyond the contractual term and the majority of Tenancies are based on this format. However, certain criteria must first be met:

a) The Tenant must be an individual
b) The property must be the Tenant’s main residence/home
c) The rent cannot exceed £25,000 per annum
d) The Landlord must not occupy the same property

If the property is let under an Assured Short hold Tenancy, the Landlord can issue a Section 21 Notice to guarantee possession provided the term of the Short hold is expired and not less than two months notice has been given by the Landlord stating he requires possession.
If court action is needed, this can be obtained on a number of different grounds against the Tenant.
However, it should be noted that is a criminal offence under the Protection from Evictions Act 1977, for a Landlord to threaten or forcibly evict a Tenant from their property.

C) Company Tenancy
This is governed by contract law and is not regulated by the Housing Acts of 1988 or 1996. It is used when a Private or Public Limited Company (excluding partnership or sole trader) want to enter into a Tenancy.

There is no security of tenure and rental payments are often made on a quarterly basis by prior agreement.

5. Furnished or Unfurnished - Most professional Tenants prefer the property to be unfurnished and it has been found that a Tenant is likely to respect the property more if they have their own possessions. Moreover the difference between rent for furnished or unfurnished is negligible and the Landlord remains responsible for the repair of replacement of any furnishings which become broken or worn (unless this was caused by a deliberate act of the Tenant – see Damage Deposits).

6. Marketing/Finding a Tenant – you will need to decide whether you require us to simply market your property and find a Tenant or whether you would prefer to engage our Management services.

Whether you chose to opt for management or not, Jeffersons Management Services as your Letting Agent will firstly provide full colour property images and details and a rental valuation which will be based on such criteria as the popularity of the area, proximity to transport, rental price of similar property handled and decorative condition to name but a few.

It is important to price your rent fairly but realistically in order to attract the most suitable Tenant.
Your rental property will be regularly advertised in the local press and publications dedicated to the letting industry as well as displayed in our offices and featured on our website and other sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla to ensure maximum exposure. We also use a portal called LonRes which is for agents and relocations agents and we contact any listed prospective Tenants, local companies and relocation agents.

Should you decide to employ us as your Agent, we will arrange viewings, vet prospective Tenants and obtain references, draw up contracts and advise you on your Safety and Repairs obligations (see LEGAL DUTY OF CARE).

7. Full Credit Checking – thorough credit checks are carried out on all prospective Tenants as we can reserve the right to decline an application where necessary in the interests of protecting the Landlord’s investment.

8. References – these can be obtained through us as your Managing Agent and include references from the Tenant’s employer and previous Landlord.
We can also provide you with/assist you in obtaining a linked insurance policy to safeguard your rental income and provide legal protection (RENT GUARANTEE).

9. Drafting of Tenancy Agreement/Leases – the Lettings Team at Jeffersons Management Services will prepare and supply you with all the legal documentation necessary and give you practical general legal advice where needed.

10. Damage Deposits – This is usually equivalent to one month’s rent and is taken from the Tenant to be held in our Client Account until the end of the Tenancy. Upon vacation of your property, there will be a re-inspection and any refunds will be made within a maximum of 28 days, provided that there are no disputes and all utility accounts have been settled.

The costs of everyday repairs and maintenance are the responsibility of the Landlord but, if we are instructed to manage your property on your behalf, we will pay the contractor out of the Tenant’s rent. We can also organise quotes for approval on any major repair as this becomes apparent.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, Landlords are responsible for repair of the structure and exterior of the property, together with installations for the supply of gas, electricity, water and sanitation.

If the property is not in a good state of repair at the commencement of the Tenancy, the Tenant has the right to insist that repairs are carried out and, in the event that the damage is serious, the Tenant will be entitled to consider the letting as terminated as the Landlord will be in breach of his obligations.

11.  Collection of Rent – this is usually done on a calendar month basis and is forwarded to the Landlord via a previously approved method after any agreed deductions have been made for contractors etc.


12.  Overseas Landlords – you are considered an overseas Landlord if you live abroad or go to work abroad for lengthy periods of time.

It is important to firstly note that Inland Revenue regulations apply even if you are a non-UK resident. Moreover, non-resident Landlords must apply to the Inland Revenue Financial Intermediaries Claims Office (FICO) for authorisation (by way of an exemption certificate) to receive payment of property rental “gross”, that is without deduction of Income Tax by the letting agent or Tenant as required by law.

NB: The above is merely a guideline and for fully qualified advice, you should contact an appropriate Accountant or Tax Expert.

13. Legal Duty of Care – Under common law, the Landlord must ensure that properties to let are safe and failure to comply with Safety Legislation is considered a criminal offence resulting in legal action and prosecution.

As your Managing Agent, we can carry out safety checks upon your request, deducting the cost from your rent.

1. Gas Safety Checks – Landlords in the UK are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants.  All  maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

The Gas Safe Register is the official list of qualified gas engineers who are legally permitted to fit, fix or service a gas appliance.  By law, all gas engineers need to be Gas Safe Registered.

By law landlords must make sure:

  • Pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition
  • That all appliances and flues have an annual safety check
  • That maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register
  • All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting
  • A gas safety record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in
  • They keep a copy of the gas safety record for two years

2. Electricity Safety Obligations  - As the Landlord, you have a legal duty to ensure that your rental property, and any electrical equipment that you have provided, is safe before a tenancy begins and throughout its duration.

You must ensure that:

  • The electrical system is safe (e.g. socket, switches and light fittings).
  • All appliances they supply are safe (e.g. cookers and kettles).

Tenants should flag electrical problems as soon as they appear, and they have the responsibility to maintain any electrical items that they bring into the property.

It is recommended that tests are carried out by a registered electrician at least every five years and you should provide your tenants with a record of any electrical inspections.

All operating instructions must be left in the property for the Tenant’s benefit.


3.  Plumbing Check & Legionnaires Risk Assessment - we recommend an annual plumbing check and Legionnaires risk assessment.  These are not legal requirements, however should an issue arise, including a leak and no check has been made, insurance companies have been known to use this as an excuse not to pay out.  In addition, some block managing agents are requesting sight of both of these checks.


4. Furniture and Furnishings – Soft furnishings (such as mattresses, settees, bed bases, cushions and padded headboards) must meet fire resistance standards and bear a permanent  label confirming this. If compliance cannot be proved, the item must be removed and replaced.

5. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms – It is a legal requirement that all rental properties in England follow the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Regulations.  The regulations require at least one smoke alarm to be installed on every floor of the property on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation and a carbon monoxide alarm installed in any room which contains a solid fuel burning appliance (such as wood burner, coal fire or biomass).

You must make sure that each alarm is in proper working order on the first day of a new tenancy. 

A Brief Guide to our Services:

  • Advice on letting your property
  • Rental evaluation, provision of property details with colour photographs
  • Advertising of your rental property on our website and property portals
  • Accompanied viewings and finding of a suitable Tenant
  • Status enquiries/reference and credit checks of prospective Tenants
  • Obtaining security deposit/rent guarantee 
  • Obtaining competitive quotes for insurance
  • Organising/preparing the Inventory and Check-In (additional charge)
  • Preparing Tenancy Agreements and Legal Notices
  • Arranging the transfer of Utilities to Tenant’s name and establishing Council Tax and Water Rates in Tenant’s name
  • Advising on compliance with Safety Regulations for Gas/Electricity supplies etc.
  • Collecting monthly rental payments and providing monthly accounting to Landlords
  • Arranging annual gas safety checks (chargeable)
  • Periodic inspection of the property and reporting of any problems
  • Obtaining competitive quotations and, upon approval, arranging for necessary repairs/maintenance to be carried out
  • Contacting the Tenant and arranging for renewals and/or check-out as necessary



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