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Landlords Dundee | Property Management Company Dundee

Q. How do I collect rent?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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

Who are we?
 

At A&S Properties, we offer premier property management in Dundee, Perth and Glasgow. Whether your property is located in Dundee city centre or the surrounding areas, we are dedicated to maintaining your property to the highest standards, so you don’t have to.

As landlords ourselves, we know how to take the burdens off of you and let you enjoy rental income without all the day to day stresses; keep reading to learn how our property management services can benefit you.
 

The A&S Property Management Offices, Dundee
 

10 Reasons To Use A&S Property Management Dundee
 

1. We offer a free estimate of your property’s free-market rent


No obligations, no fees and no fuss; just give us a call, and we can arrange a quick and professional estimate of your property’s market rent.
 

2. We understand how to make your property stand out


When marketing your property, we use every tool to make it stand out in the local property market. This includes ensuring your property is advertised on all web portals, property sites (such as Zoopla limited and Rightmove) and social media platforms.
 

3. We prioritise finding the right tenants for your property


We believe high-quality properties deserve high-quality tenants. While other property management companies may look for the easiest route to fill a vacancy, this can lead to more costs and stress in the long term. We seek out the most suitable tenants for every property we manage.
 

4. We organise strict checks for potential tenants


With reference and credit checks and gathering all the necessary information, we ensure that a prospective tenant is financially stable to continue rent payments.
 

5. You’ll have our support 24/7


Our support doesn’t end once a vacancy is filled. We’ll continue to help you manage all the aspects of property rental and offer advice from landlord responsibilities to current updates in the property market.
 

6. We take over the hard work for you


You can sit back and collect your income as we take on all the hard work for you. We’ll help find tenants, organise inspections, manage any repairs and any other work that needs doing to your property.
 

7. Our regular inspections keep your property at its best


Once a tenant has moved in, we will continue to inspect the property regularly to make sure everything remains at a high standard.
 

8. We can offer added insurance at a low cost


For added peace of mind, rent and legal expense insurance are available.
 

9. Transparent and straightforward rental collection


We take over all the stressful tasks for managing your property, including collecting rent every month. Once this is done, you’ll be emailed an income-expenditure statement so you can see exactly what’s been collected by us.
 

10. Professional property management from experts in the field


Our team has the skills, knowledge, and experience to offer landlords all the guidance and assistance they need in a range of property services. Our management package ensures your property is in the hands of experts and that you can take some of the stress and strain off of your shoulders.
 

Do you have a property to rent in Dundee?

Let A&S Properties help you maximise the value you receive


Renting your property has never been easier. We take on all the hard work while you sit back and collect your income. As your property managers, the first steps we take are to advertise and seek out the most suitable tenants.

We employ a referencing company to check the backgrounds of any potential tenants to ensure that your property is in the best hands. Once we find someone suitable, we then draw up a private residential tenancy agreement (PRT) that covers all bases and outlines the legal guidelines for landlords and tenants.
 

How does the tenancy work?


We aim to offer a hassle-free service for all of our landlords and take on all the small jobs, the stressful tasks and the heavy lifting on your behalf.

We take great care of our property management clients. The tenant's initial deposit is paid upfront and will be used to safeguard your property from damage. After the tenancy ends, any repairs or work that needs doing gets deducted from the deposit, and so it won't cost you a penny.

We regularly inspect and make sure any utilities are updated to keep the property in top shape. The tenant pays the bills for the utilities, including energy costs and council tax. As for the rental collection, we can guarantee that you'll receive same-day payment every month.

For landlords Dundee based, or further afield, our portfolio of managed properties in areas such as Dundee, Perth and Glasgow means we are always involved in the local markets, never far away when needed and have trusted contacts who can help with any task that needs completing.

Landlords need not stress with us; get in touch to learn more about how we can relieve some of the burdens of managing your property. Our friendly team is happy to help with any enquiries you have and help guide you through getting your property rented out in a way in which you can sit back and relax while we take care of everything.

 

Making lives easier for Landlords, Dundee and beyond, is our passion, so get in touch today.