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Why Choose Knightons to Let Your Property

 

Knightons Estate Agents prides themselves upon being the area's 'market leader' of Independent Specialist Residential Letting & Management Agents. Established in 1994, we offer:-

 

  • Unique login code for 24 hour updates through our website

 

  • Large number of 'Blue Chip' tenants

 

  • Dedicated management & accounts department

 

  • Free 'no obligation' advice and rental assessment

 

  • Highly competitive commission charges

 

  • Free multi-media advertising

 

  • Multi-branch marketing

 

  • Company-backed tenant specialists

 

  • Experienced and friendly staff

 

  • Deposit scheme to protect tenant funds

 

  • Legal expenses and property protection insurance

   
Whether consulted by individual landlords or investment landlords ('Buy-to-Let' single or larger property portfolio), the decision TO LET needs careful well-advised consideration. Knightons provide complete advice without obligation from (if required) purchasing, improving/decorating and furnishing, through to Rental Assessment and Letting, (dealing with such issues as length of tenancy and tenant selection), followed by part or full Management options (receiving rentals, property visits and maintenance being important elements of the overall service).

 

For all parties' legal protection, Knightons prepare detailed Tenancy Agreements (mindful of 'Housing Act' legislation and 'Company Let' options). Our long experience in dealing with company-backed executive tenants, and innumerable UK-based Corporate and overseas contacts, provides a speedy, well-vetted, letting service. Coupled with our wide range of service levels at competitive rates Knightons offer a service second to none.

 

Letting & Management Services

 

Tenant Introduction

 

  • Advertising and marketing your property

 

  • Carrying out all viewings

 

  • Finding a suitable tenant

 

  • Conducting all reference checks

 

  • Preparing all legal and paperwork

 

  • Instructing rental payments to your account

 

  • Notify all utilities of the new tenancy

 

Tenant Introduction & Rent Collection

 

In addition to Tenant introduction we also

 

  • Collect all rent payments on your behalf

 

Full Management Plus Rent Guarantee

 

In addition to Full Management we also

 

  • Inspect the property before renewal of contracts

 

  • Deal with all maintenance and management enquiries through our highly qualified and trusted tradesmen.

 

  • Arrange for free Rent Guarantee Insurance for the term of the contract through “Homelet” (Subject to terms and conditions)”

 

  • Include a Free EPC inspection

 

  • Include a Free Inventory

 

  • Include a Free annual CORGI certificate

Marketing

 

Upon instruction we shall commence marketing your property, Advertising regularly in the ‘Property Mart’ & ‘Guardian’ alongside our website www.knightons.co.uk we also use a vast majority of the major web portals to promote your property including Rightmove, Primelocation & FindAProperty

 

Viewings

 

Most viewings are carried out by a representative of Knightons, who will ensure to promote your property in the best possible light and secure a suitable tenant for your property

 

The Tenancy Agreement

 

Once we have approval from the referencing agency, we shall draw up the tenancy agreement. Unless letting to a company in which case we shall use a Company Letting Agreement. We generally recommend a twelve month agreement with a six month break clause option which will give both parties the option to end the tenancy after six months by giving two months notice

 

Moving In

 

On the agreed move in date the tenants will visit our office where they shall pay the balance in cleared funds and set up a Direct Debit for all future rental payments. We shall then visit the property with the tenants to prepare a schedule of condition and make a note of the meter readings. These readings will then be held on our records in case of any discrepancies

 

Insurance

 

We are Appointed Representatives for HomeLet and therefore can provide information on Landlord and Tenant Insurances.

 

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s)

 

From the 1st October 2008 all rented properties require an Energy Performance certificate before they are marketed. The certificate lasts for 10 Years

 

Corgi Gas Certificate

 

All rented properties require an annual check of the gas appliances which must be carried out by an approved Corgi engineer and a copy of the certificate must be provided to the tenant

 

NICEIC Electrical Certificate

 

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requires landlords to ensure the electrical installation is safe when the tenancy begins, and that it is maintained in a safe condition throughout that tenancy this is done by means of an NICEIC Certificate and must be carried out at least every five years or when a new tenancy begin

 

Portable Appliance Testing

 

If any electrical appliances are provided i.e. (cookers, kettles, toasters, washing machines, immersion heaters, etc) as part of the tenancy, the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 require them to ensure the appliances are safe to use when first supplied. Each time the property is re-let, it will be classed as supplying to that tenant for the first time and will require a new PAT Test the certificate must also be renewed annually

 

Furniture & Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations

 

The regulations set new levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other upholstered products and act as secondary legislation under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. All furnishings must under go 2 tests: match test and cigarette test. All furnishings must carry labelling, proving that they have undergone and passed the test.

 

Taxation

 

If you are a UK resident Knightons are not required to stop any tax at source and would advise you to seek the advice of an independent accountant in this matter. However if you reside outside of the UK please contact a representative of Knightons.

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