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Common FAQ's

Q. Do I have to let my mortgage lender know my intention to let the property?

A.
Yes. Your mortgage lender needs to give you permission before you can let your property, and they may impose special conditions i.e (a slight increase in interest rate and the use of an accredited agent using short assured tenancy). If you are buying a property with the intention of letting it out, you may be able to obtain a buy to let mortgage.

Q. When do I have to register as a landlord?

A.
You must register as a landlord with your local authority prior to your property being advertised. Current legislation states you must be a fit and proper person and your landlord registration number must be included in all adverts.

Q. Why should I use a letting agent and how can I choose the right one?

A.
Using an accredited agent i.e. LAS, SAL or ARLA should give you peace of mind they are professional in the business and have achieved the training required to expertise within the letting industry. Being accredited is also recognised by your mortgage lenders.When choosing the correct agent you must look for value, professionalism and a dedicated team.

Q. How do I know what my rental value should be?

A.
Give our expert team a call at A&S Properties and we shall be delighted to come visit and advise what your rental value would be but also give you free advice on what is expected within your property to comply with legislation.

Q. How do I receive my rent?

A.
At A&S Properties we guarantee same day rent transfer to the Landlord via BACS transfer, along with an emailed statement. Majority of rents are collected on the 1st of each calendar month, however 70% of rents are paid before the 1st of each month and Landlords are paid before due date.

Q. Who is responsible for paying the utility bills and council tax etc.?

A.
Once the tenant has signed the tenancy agreement, they shall then be held responsible for all utilities and council tax bills. The inventory provider shall record meter readings via photograph stamped with date and time. Our team will contact local authorities and provide them with details of the new tenants moving in the property.

Q. What happens if something breaks down or a repair is required?

A.
We work along with a network of local tradesman who can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Quotes would be obtained and bypassed via the Landlord before any repairs being carried out, unless it is an emergency situation.

Q. What if the tenant breaks or damages the property?

A.
Either the tenant pays to fix the damage, or the cost for fixing the damage is removed from the tenant’s security deposit at the end of the tenancy.

Q. How often is the property inspected?

A.
After the tenancy is signed, the first inspection will be carried out within a month and thereafter quarterly.

Q. Can I enter my property during the tenancy?

A.
Entry to the property can only be done after issuing the appropriate notice to the tenant.

Q. What if the tenant doesn't pay the rent?

A.
A&S Properties acting as your agent, shall pursue the tenant within 48 hours of rent arrears via telephone and e-mail. Thereafter, rent arrear notices shall be issued on day 4 and door visits shall begin if tenant has not been in contact. After 28 days, we would recommend the arrears to be handed over to a legal team. At A&S Properties, we recommend the Landlord to take out rent guarantee insurance from as little as £10 per month which would cover all rent arrears and legal expenses.

Q. What if I want to remove my tenant?

A.
You would contact our office and ask our team to issue the current tenants with a 2 months’ notice to quit. If the tenant refuses to vacate the property, legal action will be required.

Q. What is required for compliance health and safety within my property?

A.
The following compliance must be carried out and provided to the tenant prior to a tenancy being signed. The information must be included within the TIP (Tenant information pack) in accordance with Scottish Legislation… at A&S Properties we can have the following compliance works carried out removing all the hassle away from you the Landlord. We can negotiate you special discounted rates from our network of local accredited tradesmen with no extra charges…
EPC: An Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC for short, is a report detailing the energy efficiency of a property. It gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. All landlords are required to purchase an EPC for a property before they let it and values must be shown within all advertising.
 
Gas Safe Certificate: A Gas Safety Record (GSR) is in place to ensure that all gas appliances, pipes and flues are in safe working order. A qualified Gas Safe Register engineer must carry it out and issue a certificate. This needs to be checked every 12 months and a working Co2 detector must be in place and changed every 5 years.
 
EICR: An Electrical Installation Condition Report is in place to make sure all electrical wiring, fuse boards; sockets and switches are in safe working order. A qualified Select Electrician must carry it out and issue a certificate. This must be carried out every 5 Years.
 
P.A.T: You have a duty to you tenant(s) ensuring that any electrical devices within the property are safe for use. We recommend an Installation Survey or Portable Appliance Testing (PAT certificate) so you can be sure you are compliant should be carried out annually.
 
Legionella Testing: Recent changes to the HSE guidance have highlighted to many individuals the fact they need to perform risk assessments for legionella control in properties that they lease. These include duty holders towards your tenants within your property, landlords, and individuals affected by changes in legislation relating to the control of Legionella. The period of checks can vary after initial inspection from annually to every two years depending on risk.
 
Fire Safety& Furniture: The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. A copy of the revised statutory guidance is available on the PRHP website by visiting www.prhpscotland.gov.uk.
However, the main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows.
 
The revised Domestic Technical Handbook guidance states there should be at least:
  1. One functioning smoke alarm in the room frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes,
  2. One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings 
  3. One heat alarm in every kitchen
  4. All alarms should be interlinked
Any upholstered furnishings provided by you the landlord should be fire resistant.
 
Upholstered furniture includes:
  • Sofas, Sofa Beds, Futons and Armchairs
  • Beds, headboards and mattresses
  • Loose and stretch covers for furniture including cushions and seat pads
  • Curtain and Blinds
Inventory Condition Reports:
 
An inventory is a list of everything in the property that you are renting to your tenant (for example, furniture, carpets and curtains, kitchenware) and its condition also health and safety e.g. Smoke alarms and detectors.
 
An inventory can help avoid a dispute because it proves what state the property was in when your tenant moved there .In particular, it can help if a dispute is lodged with a tenancy deposit scheme or PHRP (Private Housing Rental Panel).
 
It is in your best interest to provide an independent inventory because if anything is broken or damaged while you tenants are living there; the inventory shows it was not broken before your tenant moved in the property. On the other hand, if anything in the property is already damaged, the inventory proves you have made them aware.

Q. Does a Landlord need to pay tax on rental income?

A.
All Landlords could be liable to pay tax on their rental income, whether they live in the UK or are based overseas. Further information can be found on the Inland Revenue's website

Q. Do A&S screen tenants?

A.
Tenants are all fully credit and reference checked.

Q. I'm looking for a place to rent, what should I do?

A.
Before choosing a property to rent, take into account of your budget and your income every month. Remember when signing up for a property, you will have to pay a deposit upfront.

Q. I've seen a place I like, what should I do next?

A.
Make sure you have viewed the property before going ahead with anything. Once you are 100% sure the property is for you then your agent will ask you to sign a set of Terms and Conditions / Tenancy Application &Declaration which will state the services they will provide you and the fee’s you will be required to pay. The agent will then begin the referencing process to ensure you are in a fit position to rent out the property.

Q. What is involved in an application?

A.
An application is where the tenant will sit with the agent and agree to a set of terms and conditions involved in renting the property. You shall have to fill in an application form where you will need to provide the agent with photographic identification (passport/driving licence), copies of last 3 months bank statements.

Q. Why do I need to be referenced?

A.
Every tenant has to go through the process of referencing before being allowed to take the property as the Landlord needs to be assured that the tenant will have no difficulties in paying the rent and will take good care of the property. In some circumstances, the referencing process may not approve of the tenant due to either a lack of rent history or in some cases students who do not have a regular income. However, there are other possibilities such as seeking out a guarantor or paying the rent upfront for the full term.

Q. Would I require a guarantor?

A.
If you are not approved by the referencing, you may need to seek out a guarantor. A guarantor is usually a parent or guardian (home owner) who accepts to take full responsibility on behalf of the tenant of any rent arrears or any damage caused to the property which will be more costly than the deposit.

Q. Why do I have to pay a deposit?

A.
The landlord trusts the tenant to keep the property in good condition. However, if the tenant causes any damage to the property (over and above of wear and tear) the deposit is there to protect the Landlord so that he/she can have the damages repaired at the end of the tenancy. The deposit is also in place to cover the Landlord for any rent arrears.

Q. What is involved in a routine visit?

A.
The first inspection will be carried out within the first month of moving in and thereafter every quarterly. These inspections are carried out to ensure the property is being kept in good condition and to view any maintenance issues.

Q. Who is responsible for repairs?

A.
The Landlord is responsible for maintaining the property in a good state of repair. However, any damage caused by the tenant, only the tenant will be held responsible for repairing this damage. Any repairs should be reported immediately to the agent or Landlord.

Q. Can I decorate or make changes to the property?

A.
In normal circumstances, the tenant is only allowed to make changes to the property after seeking permission from the Landlord. We recommend that the seeking of permission from the Landlord is done in writing.

Q. When can my landlord enter the property?

A.
The landlord has to give the current tenants suitable notice before entering the property, unless it’s an emergency situation.

Q. What if I want to end my tenancy?

A.
If you are tied into a fixed contract then you will be liable for the rent until the fixed term is finished. If you are not in a fixed contract then you are able to give your agent a 2 Months’ notice to quit preferably in writing and thereafter the 2 months you may vacate the property.

Q. What if I can't pay my rent?

A.
It will always be the tenant’s responsibility to pay the rent however if circumstances change and for example you become unemployed you should seek advice from your Landlord or Agent, who may be able to reschedule your payments. You can also get insurance against sickness and unemployment to keep yourself protected. Don’t forget, the last thing you should do is let rent arrears pile up!

Q. How do I collect rent?

A.
A&S Properties guarantee that you'll receive same-day rent transfers via BACS transfer, along with a statement by email. The majority of rents are received on the first of every month; however,  70% of rents are paid before the first and Landlords are paid before the due date.

Q. When should I register as a landlord?

A.
You need to register as a landlord prior to your property being advertised, and should be done with your local authority. Legislation currently states that you must be a 'fit and proper person' and that your landlord registration number is to be included in all adverts.

Q. Why should I use a letting agent, and how do I pick the right one?

A.
For peace of mind, you should use an accredited agent, such as LAS, SAL or ARLA. Being accredited is recognised by mortgage lenders.

When looking to choose the correct agent for you, look for professionalism, value and a dedicated team.

Q. What should my rental value be?

A.
For expert advice on what your rental value should be, get in touch with A&S Properties. A member of our team would be delighted to visit your property and offer our free advice on what you can expect.

Q. Who pays for utility bills and council tax?

A.
As per the tenancy agreement, tenants are responsible for all bills, including all utilities and council tax. 

The inventory provider will record readings of metres and contact local authorities to provide details of new tenants moving in.

Q. What happens when a repair is needed?

A.
Working with our network of local tradespeople, which we can rely on 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Quotes can be obtained and passed to Landlord before any repairs are carried out unless we deem it an emergency.

Q. What if the tenant damages the property?

A.
There are two options in this case:
1. The tenant pays for the repairs for damages
2. The cost for repairs is taken from the security deposit when the tenancy ends.

Q. When do you inspect the inspected?

A.
The initial inspection will be carried out within a month of the tenancy agreement being signed. After this time, they are carried out quarterly.

Q. Can I enter the property during the tenancy?

A.
Entry to the property is only possible after issuing an appropriate notice to the current tenant.

Q. What if rent isn't paid by the tenant?

A.
A&S Properties will act as your agent, pursue the tenant within 48-hours of rent arrears by email and telephone.

Thereafter, arrear notices will be issued on day four, along with door visits if the tenant has not been in contact. After 28 days, we recommend the arrears be handed to a legal team.

At A&S Properties, we recommend that the Landlord takes out rent guarantee insurance, which can cover all rent arrears and legal expenses.

Q. Should I tell my mortgage lender of my intentions to rent out my property?

A.
Yes, you should inform your mortgage lender as they need to give permission before your property can be let out. They may impose special conditions, such as an increase in interest rate. If you are buying a property with the initial intention of letting it out, you might be able to obtain a buy-to-let mortgage.

Q. What if I wish to remove my tenant?

A.
You would need to contact our office and ask the team to issue the current tenant with a two-month notice to quit. After this, if tenants refuse to vacate, legal action will be required.

Q. Does a Landlord pay tax on rental income?

A.
Landlords can be liable to pay tax on their rental income, whether based in the UK or are based overseas. More information can be found on the Inland Revenue's website.

Q. Do you screen tenants?

A.
To maintain our reputation as the best property management company Perth can offer, we ensure that a full credit and reference check screen all potential tenants.

Q. What's required for compliance health and safety for my property?

A.
The following compliance needs to be carried out and information provided to tenants before a tenancy being signed. All information must be included with the Tenant Information Pack (TIP) following Scottish Legislation. At A&S Properties, we have the following compliance works which are carried out, removing all the hassle for you. We can negotiate for you to obtain special discounted rates from our network of local accredited tradespeople with no extra charge.

EPC

An Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC for short, is a report detailing the energy efficiency of a property. It gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. All landlords must purchase an EPC for a property before they let it, and values must be shown within all advertising.

Gas Safe Certificate
A Gas Safety Record (GSR) is in place to ensure that all gas appliances, pipes and flues are in safe working order. A qualified Gas Safe Register engineer must carry it out and issue a certificate. This needs to be checked every 12 months, and a working Co2 detector must be in place and changed every 5 years.

EICR
An Electrical Installation Condition Report is in place to ensure all electrical wiring, fuse boards, sockets and switches are in safe working order. A qualified Select Electrician must carry it out and issue a certificate. This must be carried out every 5 Years.

PAT
You have a duty to your tenant(s) to ensure that any electrical devices within the property are safe for use. We recommend an Installation Survey or Portable Appliance Testing (PAT certificate), so you can be sure you are compliant should be carried out annually.

Legionella Testing
Recent changes to the HSE guidance have highlighted too many individuals the fact they need to perform risk assessments for legionella control in properties that they lease. These include duty holders towards your tenants within your property, landlords, and individuals affected by changes in legislation relating to the control of Legionella. The period of checks can vary after initial inspection from annually to every two years, depending on risk.

Fire Safety and Furniture
The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. A copy of the revised statutory guidance is available on the PRHP website by visiting www.prhpscotland.gov.uk.


However, the main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows.

The Domestic Technical Handbook states there should be at least: 
 
  1. One functioning smoke alarm in the room is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes.
  2. One heat alarm in every kitchen.
  3. One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings.
  4. All alarms should be interlinked.


    Any upholstered furnishings provided by you, the landlord, should be fire-resistant.


    Upholstered furniture includes:
  • Sofas, Sofa Beds, Futons and Armchairs
  • Beds, headboards and mattresses
  • Loose and stretch covers for furniture, including cushions and seat pads
  • Curtain and Blinds


    Inventory Condition Reports:

    An inventory is a list of everything in the property that you are renting to your tenant (for example, furniture, carpets and curtains, kitchenware) and its condition also health and safety, e.g. Smoke alarms and detectors.

    An inventory can help avoid a dispute because it proves what state the property was when your tenant moved there. In particular, it can help if a dispute is lodged with a tenancy deposit scheme or PHRP (Private Housing Rental Panel).

    It is in your best interest to provide an independent inventory because if anything is broken or damaged while your tenants are living there, the inventory shows it was not broken before your tenant moved into the property. On the other hand, if anything in the property is already damaged, the inventory proves you have made them aware.

Q. How do I collect rent?

A.
At A&S Properties, we guarantee same day rent transfer to the Landlord via BACS transfer, along with an emailed statement. The majority of rents are collected on the 1st of each calendar month. However, 70% of rents are paid before the 1st of each month and Landlords are paid before the due date.

Q. How do I know what my rental value should be?

A.
Give our expert team a call at A&S Properties, and we shall be delighted to offer advice regarding what your rental value would be but also give you free advice on what is expected within your property to comply with legislation.

Q. Why should I use a letting agent and how can I choose the right one?

A.
Using an accredited agent i.e. LAS, SAL or ARLA should give you peace of mind they are professional in the business and have achieved the training required to expertise within the letting industry. Being accredited is also recognised by your mortgage lenders. When choosing the correct agent you must look for value, professionalism and a dedicated team.

Q. When do I have to register as a landlord?

A.
You must register as a landlord with your local authority prior to your property being advertised. Current legislation states you must be a fit and proper person, and your landlord registration number must be included in all adverts.

Q. Do I have to let my mortgage lender know my intention to let the property?

A.
Yes. Your mortgage lender needs to permit you before you can let your property, and they may impose special conditions, i.e. (a slight increase in interest rate and the use of an accredited agent using short assured tenancy). If you are buying a property to let it out, you may obtain a buy to let mortgage.

Q. Who is responsible for paying the utility bills and council tax etc.?

A.
Once the tenant has signed the tenancy agreement, they shall then be held responsible for all utilities and council tax bills. The inventory provider shall record meter readings via photograph stamped with date and time. Our team will contact local authorities and provide them with details of the new tenants moving into the property.

Q. What happens if something breaks down or a repair is required?

A.
We work with a network of local tradespeople who can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Quotes would be obtained and bypassed via the Landlord before any repairs being carried out unless it is an emergency situation.

Q. What if the tenant breaks or damages the property?

A.
Either the tenant pays to fix the damage, or the cost for fixing the damage is removed from the tenant’s security deposit at the end of the tenancy.

Q. How often is the property inspected?

A.
After the tenancy is signed, the first inspection will be carried out within a month and thereafter quarterly.

Q. Can I enter my property during the tenancy?

A.
Entry to the property can only be done after issuing the appropriate notice to the tenant.

Q. What if the tenant doesn't pay the rent?

A.
A&S Properties acting as your agent shall pursue the tenant within 48 hours of rent arrears via telephone and e-mail. Thereafter, rent arrear notices shall be issued on day 4, and door visits shall begin if a tenant has not been in contact. After 28 days, we would recommend the arrears be handed over to a legal team. At A & A&S Properties, we recommend that the landlord take out rent guarantee insurance from as little as £10 per month, covering all rent arrears and legal expenses.

Q. What if I want to remove my tenant?

A.
You would contact our office and ask our team to issue the current tenants with a 2 months’ notice to quit. If the tenant refuses to vacate the property, legal action will be required.

Q. What is required for compliance health and safety within my property?

A.
The following compliance must be carried out and provided to the tenant prior to a tenancy being signed. The information must be included within the TIP (Tenant information pack) in accordance with Scottish Legislation… at A&S Properties, we can have the following compliance works carried out, removing all the hassle away from you, the Landlord. We can negotiate you special discounted rates from our network of local accredited tradespeople with no extra charge.

EPC:

An Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC for short, is a report detailing the energy efficiency of a property. It gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. All landlords are required to purchase an EPC for a property before they let it, and values must be shown within all advertising.

Gas Safe Certificate:
A Gas Safety Record (GSR) is in place to ensure that all gas appliances, pipes and flues are in safe working order. A qualified Gas Safe Register engineer must carry it out and issue a certificate. This needs to be checked every 12 months, and a working Co2 detector must be in place and changed every 5 years.

EICR:
An Electrical Installation Condition Report is in place to make sure all electrical wiring, fuse boards; sockets and switches are in safe working order. A qualified Select Electrician must carry it out and issue a certificate. This must be carried out every 5 Years.

P.A.T:
You have a duty to your tenant(s) ensuring that any electrical devices within the property are safe for use. We recommend an Installation Survey or Portable Appliance Testing (PAT certificate), so you can be sure you are compliant should be carried out annually.

Legionella Testing:
Recent changes to the HSE guidance have highlighted too many individuals the fact they need to perform risk assessments for legionella control in properties that they lease. These include duty holders towards your tenants within your property, landlords, and individuals affected by changes in legislation relating to the control of Legionella. The period of checks can vary after initial inspection from annually to every two years, depending on risk. 

Fire Safety& Furniture:
The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. A copy of the revised statutory guidance is available on the PRHP website by visiting www.prhpscotland.gov.uk.

However, the main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows.

The revised Domestic Technical Handbook guidance states there should be at least:
  1. One functioning smoke alarm in the room frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes,
  2. One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings 
  3. One heat alarm in every kitchen
  4. All alarms should be interlinked

    Any upholstered furnishings provided by you, the landlord, should be fire-resistant.

    Upholstered furniture includes:
  • Sofas, Sofa Beds, Futons and Armchairs
  • Beds, headboards and mattresses
  • Loose and stretch covers for furniture, including cushions and seat pads
  • Curtain and Blinds

    Inventory Condition Reports:

    An inventory is a list of everything in the property that you are renting to your tenant (for example, furniture, carpets and curtains, kitchenware) and its condition also health and safety, e.g. Smoke alarms and detectors.

    An inventory can help avoid a dispute because it proves what state the property was in when your tenant moved there. In particular, it can help if a dispute is lodged with a tenancy deposit scheme or PHRP (Private Housing Rental Panel).

    It is in your best interest to provide an independent inventory because if anything is broken or damaged while tenants are living there, the inventory shows it was not broken before your tenant moved in the property. On the other hand, if anything in the property is already damaged, the inventory proves you have made them aware.

Q. Does a Landlord need to pay tax on rental income?

A.
All Landlords could be liable to pay tax on their rental income, whether they live in the UK or are based overseas. Further information can be found on the Inland Revenue's website

Q. Do you screen new tenants?

A.
We do, all tenants are fully credit and reference checked.

Q. Cow Vennel

  • Location: Perth
  • Purchase date: June 2020 
  • Type of Property: One bed
  • Total cost: £56,000
  • Rent:  £450 pcm
  • Gross Yield: 9%

Q. County Place

  • Location: Perth
  • Purchase date: December 2020 
  • Type of property: One bed
  • Total cost: £54,000 (£45,000 purchase + £9,000 development)
  • Rent: £450 pcm
  • Gross yield: 10%

Q. High Street

  • Location: Perth
  • Purchase date: 2015
  • Type of property: Four bedroom 
  • Total cost: £85,000 (£75,000 purchase + £10,000 development)
  • Rent: £750 pcm
  • Gross yield: 10.5%

Q. Elmwood Road

  • Location: Dundee
  • Purchase date: 2013
  • Type of property: Three bed
  • Total cost: £135,000 (£120,000 purchase + £15,000 development)
  • Rent: £830 pcm
  • Gross yield: 7%

Q. The Bond, Seagate

  • Location: Dundee
  • Purchase date: 2020
  • Type of property: One bed
  • Total cost: £64,000 (£54,000 purchase + £10,000 development)
  • Rent: £440 pcm
  • Gross yield: 8.3%

Q. Elmwood Road

  • Location: Dundee
  • Purchase date: 2013
  • Type of property: Three bed
  • Total cost: £135,000 (£120,000 purchase + £15,000 development)
  • Rent: £830 pcm
  • Gross yield: 7%

Q. The Bond, Seagate

  • Location: Dundee
  • Purchase date: 2020
  • Type of property: One bed
  • Total cost: £64,000 (£54,000 purchase + £10,000 development)
  • Rent: £440 pcm
  • Gross yield: 8.3%

Q. County Place

  • Location: Perth
  • Purchase date: December 2020 
  • Type of property: One bed
  • Total cost: £54,000 (£45,000 purchase + £9,000 development)
  • Rent: £450 pcm
  • Gross yield: 10%

Q. Cow Vennel

  • Location: Perth
  • Purchase date: June 2020 
  • Type of Property: One bed
  • Total cost: £56,000
  • Rent:  £450 pcm
  • Gross Yield: 9%

Q. High Street

  • Location: Perth
  • Purchase date: 2015
  • Type of property: Four bedroom 
  • Total cost: £85,000 (£75,000 purchase + £10,000 development)
  • Rent: £750 pcm
  • Gross yield: 10.5%

Q. Why should I use a letting agent, and how do I pick the right one?

A.
For peace of mind, an accredited agent should be, such as ARLA, LAS or SAL. Being accredited is recognised by the majority of mortgage lenders.

When choosing the correct agent for you and your needs, look for professionalism, value and a dedicated team. You can see some other qualities to look for here.

Q. How do I collect rent?

A.
A&S guarantees that you'll receive same-day transfers of rent via BACS transfer, along with a statement sent directly by email. The majority of rent payments are received on the first of each month; however, 70% of rents are paid before the first and Landlords are paid before the due date.

Q. When should I register as a landlord?

A.
Prior to your property being advertised you should register with your local authority.

Q. Who pays for utility bills and council tax?

A.
Tenants are responsible for bills, including utilities and council tax. 

The inventory provider will have a record of metre readings contact local authorities to provide details of any new tenants moving in.

Q. What should my rental value be?

A.
Get in touch with us to discuss what your rental value should be. A member of our local team in Glasgow will be delighted to visit your property and provide free advice on what you can expect.

Q. What happens when a repair is needed?

A.
Working with our trusted network of local tradesman, who we can rely on 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Quotes can be obtained and then passed to Landlords before any repairs are carried out unless we deem it an emergency situation.

Q. What if a tenant damages the property?

A.
If a tenant causes any damage, there are two options:
1. The tenant pays for the repairs for damages.
2. The cost for repairs is taken from the security deposit when the tenancy ends.

Q. When do you inspect the inspected?

A.
An initial inspection will be completed within a month of a tenancy agreement being signed.

Q. Can I enter the property during the tenancy?

A.
You can enter the property only after issuing appropriate notice to the current tenant.

Q. What if a tenant fails to pay rent?

A.
Acting as your agent, A&S will pursue the tenant within the initial 48-hours of rent arrears by both email and telephone.

Thereafter, arrear notices will be issued on day four, along with visits to the tenant if they fail to reply. After 28 days, we recommend the arrears be handed to a legal team.

Q. Should I tell my mortgage lender of my intentions to rent out my property?

A.
Yes. You should inform your current mortgage lender before your property can be let out. They may impose special conditions, such as the increase of your interest rate. If you are buying a property to let out, you might be able to obtain a buy-to-let mortgage.

Q. What if I wish to remove my tenant?

A.
Contact our office and ask the Glasgow property team to issue the tenant with a two-month notice to quit. After this, if tenants refuse to vacate, legal action will be required.

Q. Does a Landlord pay tax on rental income?

A.
Landlords can be liable to pay tax on their rental income, whether based in the UK or are based overseas. More information can be found on the Inland Revenue's website.

Q. Do you screen tenant after their applications?

A.
Yes. We ensure that all potential tenants are screened using a full credit and reference check.

Q. What's required for compliance health and safety for my property?

A.
The following compliance needs to be carried out and information provided to tenants before a tenancy being signed. All information must be included with the Tenant Information Pack (TIP) following Scottish Legislation. At A&S Properties, we have the following compliance works which are carried out, removing all the hassle for you. We can negotiate for you to obtain special discounted rates from our network of local accredited tradespeople with no extra charge.

EPC

An Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC for short, is a report detailing the energy efficiency of a property. It gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. All landlords must purchase an EPC for a property before they let it, and values must be shown within all advertising.

Gas Safe Certificate
A Gas Safety Record (GSR) is in place to ensure that all gas appliances, pipes and flues are in safe working order. A qualified Gas Safe Register engineer must carry it out and issue a certificate. This needs to be checked every 12 months, and a working Co2 detector must be in place and changed every 5 years.

EICR
An Electrical Installation Condition Report is in place to make sure all electrical wiring, fuse boards, sockets and switches are in safe working order. A qualified Select Electrician must carry it out and issue a certificate. This must be carried out every 5 Years.

PAT
You have a duty to your tenant(s) to ensure that any electrical devices within the property are safe for use. We recommend an Installation Survey or Portable Appliance Testing (PAT certificate), so you can be sure you are compliant should be carried out annually.

Legionella Testing
Recent changes to the HSE guidance have highlighted too many individuals who need to perform risk assessments for legionella control in properties that they lease. These include duty holders towards your tenants within your property, landlords, and individuals affected by changes in legislation relating to the control of Legionella. The period of checks can vary after initial inspection from annually to every two years, depending on risk.

Fire Safety and Furniture
The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. A copy of the revised statutory guidance is available on the PRHP website by visiting www.prhpscotland.gov.uk.


However, the main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows.

The Domestic Technical Handbook states there should be at least: 
 
  1. One functioning smoke alarm in the room that the occupants frequently use for general daytime living purposes.
  2. One heat alarm in every kitchen.
  3. One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings.
  4. All alarms should be interlinked.


    Any upholstered furnishings provided by the landlord should be fire-resistant.


    Upholstered furniture includes:
  • Sofas, Sofa Beds, Futons and Armchairs
  • Beds, headboards and mattresses
  • Loose and stretch covers for furniture, including cushions and seat pads
  • Curtain and Blinds


    Inventory Condition Reports:

    An inventory is a list of everything in the property that you are renting to your tenant (for example, furniture, carpets and curtains, kitchenware) and its condition also health and safety, e.g. Smoke alarms and detectors.

    An inventory can help avoid a dispute because it proves what state the property was when your tenant moved there. In particular, it can help if a dispute is lodged with a tenancy deposit scheme or PHRP (Private Housing Rental Panel).

    It is in your best interest to provide an independent inventory. If anything is broken or damaged while your tenants live there, the inventory shows it was not broken before your tenant moved in the property. On the other hand, if anything in the property is already damaged, the inventory proves you have made them aware.