At Amber Properties we offer three main services: Fully Managed, HMO Management and Let Only
Please note: Discounts for portfolio landlords are applicable
After the property is let, the landlord is solely responsible for any issues that arise.
Why should you choose Amber Properties?
We know what properties rent well in the market and we know what makes a good investment. Whether you are dipping your toe in the water of property investment, or an experienced landlord with a large property portfolio, we can help you maximise your investment by being an effective managing agent.
We pride ourselves on our excellent communication, advice and our efficient collection of rental payments; some key things that our landlords find to be the most important aspect of a Letting Agent.
The Amber Properties Process
It all starts with the property valuation. We need to view the property to determine what rental you can achieve.
We will take a look around the property, take into consideration the area and the current market conditions and give you a realistic expected rental income.
You will, of course, have the opportunity to ask us any questions and we will talk to you about our services and what may best suit your circumstances.
Occasionally a property can benefit from some minor work to increase its chances of being let and/or increase the rental value. We will make those recommendations on a case by case basis and help you source contractors should you wish.
It is important to note that this property valuation is completely free and there is no obligation to take it further.
House of Multiple Occupancy Management
If you are considering renting out a house as a multi-occupancy, there are a few things you need to do:
- Ensure the house has appropriate planning for change of use. You can find more information by clicking here.
- Within the article 4 zone area and subject to planning, you will need to carry out the licence application. Please click here to view the article 4 zone. Please click on the links to view the Licence applications and guidance documents.
- Carry out the necessary fire safety checks, work and health & safety requirements required for an HMO. For more fire safety information you can contact Northampton Fire & Rescue preventative and community safety Dept. on 01604 767104 or email email@example.com.
- Ensure your mortgage (if any) and insurance covers you for renting an HMO property.
Once the work has been carried out and you are licensed, we can market and find a suitable student or working professional tenants.
Marketing Your Property for Rent
Once you have decided to appoint us as your letting agent, we ask your permission to return to the property so we can take some internal and external photographs. We will then take another walk around the property noting any character features of the property that may help in marketing the property to tenants.
Once we have done this, we shall head back to the office to create an attractive advert to display on market leading property portals and our own website. Additionally, we will source prospective tenants from our database of actively-searching tenants.
Referencing of Tenants
The whole success of letting depends on finding the right tenant.
Before an applicant views your property we enquire about their suitability to rent your property in terms of their financial position. Once an applicant decides to proceed with a tenancy, we take the next step and conduct reference checks.
The reference checks aim to ensure that each tenant is credit worthy by looking for CCJ’s and arrears. We also ask for employer, landlord and character references. Also, in accordance with the new Right to Rent Act, we check that they are able to rent property legally in the UK.
Once references have been received, we will contact you to confirm the results of this and advise of the proposed checking in date.
All necessary legal paperwork, including an inventory, will be prepared then signed and any outstanding balances settled by the tenant before the tenancy commences.
Advice on Presenting Your Property
The lettings market is extremely competitive and it’s important that the property is presented in the best way possible.
To help a rental property appeal to a wider market, we offer some general advice:
- Keep the colours in the property neutral including any furniture (avoid floral patterns).
- Gardens must be well maintained and secure (once a tenancy is secure, the maintenance becomes the tenant’s responsibility).
- Ensure there aren’t any mould issues. Pay particular attention to any grouting issues in places such as the bathroom.
- An apartment with a communal entrance and hallway needs to be kept tidy and clear of debris.
- Double glazing and gas central heating is another popular feature amongst prospective tenants.
In general, try to find and rectify any damages around the property that can be easily seen or experienced.
Would you like a FREE property valuation? Call us now on 01604 644449.