SERVICES WE OFFER
Our ethos at Latham Smith is driven by our desire to offer the very highest levels of customer service whilst being friendly, professional and approachable. We want to deliver outstanding results in the area that we know so well.
Let Only Service
Finding a new tenant is just the first stage of what makes for a successful tenancy. At Latham Smith we understand the importance of providing a proactive and comprehensive service that ensures our client – you, the landlord, is as protected as possible, whilst maximising your return on what is probably your biggest asset. Treating your tenants courteously and professionally throughout the process is of paramount importance to us.
Our Promise to you
- We will find you tenants to move into your property that we would be happy and comfortable to have in our own home.
- We will reference your prospective tenants and upon them being approved by Blinc Referencing, one of the UK’s leading tenant referencing companies, you will have the option to purchase a comprehensive Rent Guarantee policy offering both reassurance and peace of mind.
- Comprehensive tenancy agreements will be drawn up, signed by all parties and dated in accordance to strict guidelines.
- We will ensure that all deposit regulations are adhered to. Amendments to the Housing Act 2004 took place on the 6th April 2007 when Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) came into force on all new Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST’s) and stated that a landlord may no longer hold a security deposit on behalf of their tenants.
- We will, on your instruction make arrangements for a professional inventory & check in prior to a new tenancy commencing. At the end of the tenancy, the inventory clerk returns with the in-going report and a final thorough check of the property is carried out and a check out report is produced highlighting any changes. Common issues that arise include dilapidations, damage, cleaning issues and wear & tear. The cost of these reports are borne by you, the landlord.
IMPORTANT: If you choose not to have a professional inventory, it is exceedingly difficult to retain monies from your tenants deposit, which potentially could cost you more in the long run.
- We will, on your instruction ensure that you hold all the correct safety records to comply with the strict safety laws governing landlords and their properties. These include an up to date gas safety certificate, legionella assessment, an electrical safety certificate, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and ensure that any furniture left in the property complies with the required fire safety regulations.
- We will, on your instruction arrange for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to be carried out prior to marketing your property, as this is a legal requirement when letting a property.
For our Let Only service, Latham Smith will ensure all is in place right up to the moment your tenant moves into the property. It is at this point that you take over responsibility for any maintenance issues, breakdowns and of course collecting the rent from your tenant.
Latham Smith will contact you prior to the end of the initial fixed term to discuss your options regarding the renewal of the tenancy and how the rental market is at that time or if your tenants are leaving. If the tenancy is ending, we can discuss the re-marketing of your property.
Our standard fee for our Introduction only service is 8% + VAT (9.6% inc VAT) of the annual rent.
Renewal Fee & Other Administration Costs
Renewal fees are charged at 6% + VAT (7.2% inc VAT) for any continuation of any existing tenancy. This includes the re-negotiation of rent and other key tenancy clauses and ensuring all legalities are updated and you are complying with any new legislation bought in.
Other costs involved in letting your property consist of:
Contract & Administration Fee
A comprehensive, legally binding tenancy agreement is crucial. We charge £180.00 + VAT (£216.00 inc VAT) for the drawing up of this document.
To carefully check references of every person over the age of 18 is vital for your security and to ensure only the highest calibre tenant moves in to your property. Referencing is charged at £45.00 + VAT (£54.00 inc VAT) per applicant, which includes Guarantors. This includes checking the Tenant has the legal ‘Right to Rent’ in the UK, employment & previous landlords are also verified at this time. More basic credit checks, which simply show up any bad credit that your tenant may have is charged at £30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc VAT) per applicant.
Rent Guarantee Policy
Once your tenant has been approved for referencing, you will be given the opportunity to purchase a 12 month rent guarantee insurance policy, which not only covers rental arrears, but also eviction and legal costs cover. For a 12 month rent protection policy with nil excess, we can provide this reassurance for £185.00 + VAT (£222.00 inc VAT) for 12 months. For a cheaper option, we can provide a 12 month rent protection policy with a one month’s rental excess for £150.00 + VAT (£180.00 inc VAT).
Inventory and check-in/out report
Prior to a tenancy commencing, it is imperative that an independent inventory and check-in is carried out and again that this is checked at the end of the tenancy. Prices vary depending on the size of the property and whether it is furnished or unfurnished. Please ask us for prices.
To lodge the deposit in the DPS Insured Scheme, of which we are members, to supply to the tenant the relevant Prescribed Information and documentation and adhere to their rules and regulations, we will charge £30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc VAT) per tenancy.
Energy Performance Certificate & Other Costs
There are various other checks and costs that may apply prior to your tenants moving in. Latham Smith will ensure that all legislation that applies to your property is met. Examples include; an Energy Performance Certificate is in place, a gas inspection has been carried out and all electrical items in your property are safe for purpose.
We charge £100.00 + VAT (£120.00 inc VAT) to arrange an Energy Performance Certificate on your behalf.
We charge £100.00 + VAT (£120.00 inc VAT) to arrange a Landlord gas safety certificate on your behalf.
We charge £225.00 + VAT (£270.00 inc VAT) to arrange a 5 year electrical condition report. Please note any remedial works required will be quoted for after the initial checks have been made.
We can of course, look after your property from beginning to end and all in-between, click on the Rent Collection or Fully Managed tabs to view our additional services.