When taking on a new lettings property the first step is for Jonathan to meet the landlord at the property to provide a rental valuation (request a valuation). In addition to advising on the current market value of the property, Jonathan will also talk the landlord through the steps involved in preparing the property for rent.

In Scotland all residential lettings properties must meet the Repairing Standard, a statutory part of housing legislation, however this provides for only a very minimal level to ensure that tenants have a basic standard of accommodation to live in.

We ensure that all of the properties we take on not only meet the Repairing Standard, but exceed it. A rental property is a tenant’s home, so we only take on quality properties and work with landlords who share our ambition to raise the standard of residential lettings properties across Edinburgh.

The key steps to be completed to prepare a property for rent are: 

Newly renovated lettings properties are currently in high demand across Edinburgh city centre. This is predominantly due to the generally low standard of available rental stock, and also because tenants are tending to rent for longer and so have higher expectations when looking for their next home.

 

The benefits of carrying out renovation works before advertising and renting the property include:

  • Increased yield

Renovating a property before advertising to rent means that, in the majority of cases, a higher monthly rent can be achieved. This increases the overall rental yield for the landlord.

  • Quality tenants

A newly renovated property attracts a larger pool of applicants, meaning that a landlord has more choice and can select higher quality tenants. Like everyone, tenants want quality properties with quality fixtures and furnishings.

  • Minimal upkeep

Our experience has shown us that tenants are not only more likely to rent a renovated property for longer, they are also more likely to look after it.

 

Working with our expert team of local contractors, we can provide detailed quotes and project manage renovation works including:

  •          Decoration
  •          New flooring or sanding
  •          Boiler or heating system replacement
  •          Joinery snagging
  •          Plumbing works
  •          Kitchen and bathroom renovations
  •          Fitting blinds and curtains
  •          Window refurbishment and replacement

 

We also have an in-house Architect if required. 

There are several factors to consider when decided if a property should be advertised as furnished or unfurnished, including the size and type of property, and who the target tenant is. Student properties, for example, are almost always fully furnished.

If the property is not yet furnished, please contact us to discuss before purchasing furniture. We provide each landlord with property specific guidance when carrying out the rental valuation.

In order to help a tenant feel happy and settled in their new property it is important that they have quality, matching furniture that is clean and in good condition. We have a great Handyman who collects, delivers and assembles furniture from IKEA, or we can arrange quotes from alternative suppliers if preferred. All personal items belonging to the landlord should be removed, including pictures, photo frames and ornaments.

 

What to include in a furnished property (this list will vary depending upon the size of the property):

  • Kitchen

Fridge/ freezer, oven, hob, washing machine, rubbish bin, kettle, toaster and microwave. A dishwasher and tumble dryer is also a good idea if there is space.

Most tenants expect to provide their own crockery, cutlery and utensils so we would advise not including these items unless for a student property.

  • Living room      

Sofa, chairs, coffee table, side table(s).

  • Dining area

Dining table with chairs.

  • Bedrooms

Bed, mattress, mattress protector, headboard, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers, wardrobe.

Desks should also be included in student properties.

  • Additional items

Vacuum cleaner – must be in good condition with clean filters and an empty bag.

Curtains and/ or blinds – must be clean and in good working order. Blackout curtains/ blinds are advisable for bedrooms.

Light pendants and fittings – should be clean and have shades fitted.

Television aerial – must be working.

Ladder – must be in good condition. Tenants must be able to safely change lightbulbs and test smoke alarms.

 

All furniture must comply with the Furniture & Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations 1988. Please let us know if you are in any doubt that your furniture complies with regulations. 

 

There is currently more demand for furnished properties in the Edinburgh lettings market. However, as the rental sector grows, more and more tenants are choosing to stay in the sector for longer and are purchasing their own furniture, increasing the market for unfurnished properties. Tenants who rent unfurnished properties pay comparable rent to those in furnished properties, and tend to stay for longer, meaning that landlords can minimise their costs.

 

What to include in an unfurnished property:

  • Kitchen

Fridge/ freezer, oven, hob, washing machine, rubbish bin. A dishwasher and tumble dryer is also a good idea if there is space.

  • Additional items

Vacuum cleaner – must be in good condition with clean filters and an empty bag.

Curtains and/ or blinds – must be clean and in good working order. Blackout curtains/ blinds are advisable for bedrooms.

Light pendants and fittings – should be clean and have shades fitted.

Television aerial – must be working.

Ladder – must be in good condition. Tenants must be able to safely change lightbulbs and test smoke alarms. 

We dress properties for sale, so why not for letting? Prospective tenants search for properties online and may view several before selecting their new home so it is important that your property stands out. The best way to do this is to dress the property to get the best possible photographs and present well for viewings.

If not currently tenanted, it is worth dressing the property by making the beds and adding soft furnishings for marketing purposes. This creates a stronger first impression as it makes it easier for prospective tenants to imagine themselves living in the property. All bedding and soft furnishings would be removed before tenants move in.

Depending upon the tenant, it can be more difficult to take good marketing photographs if a property is tenanted. We can assess this and advise on a case by case basis.

The property should be thoroughly cleaned, including windows inside and out, before photographs are taken and the property is marketed for rent. It is important that the property is clean for viewings to convey a good impression to prospective tenants. We can arrange the clean on behalf of landlords. 

Marketing photographs are, in most cases, the first contact that a prospective tenant has with a property so it is important that they show the property at its best.

We use a professional camera, wide angle lens and flashgun to ensure that we get high quality photographs. We also have a floor plan created for every new property. 

It is a legal requirement that every property has a valid EPC before being marketed for rent.

If the property has recently been purchased the EPC will be included in the Home Report. Alternatively, the EPC can be found by searching the Scottish EPC Register.

An EPC is valid for 10 years, however, it is worth having a new one done if there have been improvements to heating, windows or ventilation as this can enhance the rating.

We can arrange for an EPC to be carried out at a cost of £47.50 +VAT. 

When the above steps have been completed, the property is ready to advertise. Read our Lettings Page for details of the lettings process.