If you are considering letting out a property but are unsure of how to do so then look no further. Northern Property will provide the knowledge and expertise you require.
We offer two options to choose from:
Managed service is a popular choice with our landlords. This is ideal for those who have other commitments in their daily schedules. Being a full time landlord can be exhausting and stressful. When you choose our managed option you can rest assured that your interests are being taken care of.
When you sign up for managed service you automatically get everything that is part of the 'let only' service but also:
If you have previous experience letting property you may find that our let only service could work well for you. This is perhaps not advised for those who are new to letting property. With let only tenancies the landlord is expected to shoulder a lot of responsibility and will be the main point of contact. If you enjoy the challenge of letting property this could be an excellent choice for you.
When you choose our let only service you can expect the following:
The Tenancy Deposit Schemes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 require all landlords who take a deposit for a private tenancy on or after the 1st April 2013 to register the deposit with an approved tenancy deposit scheme. TDS Northern Ireland is a tenancy deposit protection scheme approved by the Northern Ireland Executive.
TDS Northern Ireland Limited is a subsidiary of the Dispute Service Limited, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee which also operates the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in England and Wales and is a key partner in the Safedeposits Scotland tenancy deposit scheme. TDS Northern Ireland is designed to ensure that tenancy deposits are securely held and protected and that disputes about their return are resolved quickly, cheaply and fairly.
What do the regulations mean for landlords?
Any tenancy deposit accepted by a landlord on or after 1st April 2013 must be registered with an approved scheme (such as TDS Northern Ireland).
The landlord (or their agent) Northern Property must:
What if the landlord does not comply with the regulations?
Should a landlord fail to protect deposits and/or provide information in accordance with the Regulations then this is a breach of the regulations and a landlord can be subject to a fixed penalty imposed by the district council of three times the deposit or a fine of up to £20,000.^ Back to Top
One of the biggest headaches that landlords have to deal with is managing the inventory in their property. Disputes arise all with tenants claiming that property was never there or that it was already damaged. Northern Property is highly skilled at this type of management and will be able to ensure that your inventory is properly managed.
Here are just some of the services that we will be able to offer.
If you are selling or leasing a property you will be expected to produce an EPC; it is a legal requirement since 2008. Once you are issued with this certificate it is valid for 10 years providing there are no major construction works carried out in the property. This EPC will rate your building's energy performance on a scale from 'A' which means 'very energy efficient' to 'G' which means 'not energy efficient'. On January 2013 the department agreed the EPC's must be displayed on all marketing sources. (i.e. internet, display brochures, press advertisements etc. Properties cannot be advertised for sale or rent without showing the graphical representation and EPC rating. The rating must be displayed on Brochures, window display, websites newspapers, publications and rental lists etc.
Northern Property will be able to arrange for your EPC so that you can legally lease/sell your property.^ Back to Top
Landlords have specific duties for Gas Safety and these include having gas pipework, appliances and chimneys/flues checked for safety by a Gas Safe registered engineer. The responsibilities are laid out in the relevant gas safety legislation, such as the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 in Great Britain.
The Three specific duties for landlords to keep their tenants safe include:
Annual Gas Safety checks
To make sure that any gas appliances and flue provided for tenants are safe for continued use, landlords must arrange for them to be checked for safety every twelve months by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
A record of this annual gas safety check will include specific information. A copy of the gas safety record must be provided to an existing tenant within twenty eight days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the record for two years.
Maintenance arrangements should normally involve a series of regular inspections and any necessary repairs. Landlords must ensure that gas pipework is maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances and flues provided for the tenants use must also be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances and flues should be serviced in accordance with manufacturer's instructions but if these are not available, annual servicing is recommended unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.^ Back to Top
There is no statutory obligation on landlords or agents to have professional checks carried out on the electrical system or appliances. However under Common Law and various regulations 'the landlord and Tenant Act 1985', 'The Housing Act 2004'. 'The Electrical Equipment (safety) regulations 1994' and 'the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety)Regulations 1994'. All of which come under 'The Consumer Protection Act 1987', there is an obligation to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe.
In January 2005 new legislation under part P of the building Regulations make it a requirement that for certain types of electrical work in dwellings, plugs, garages, sheds, greenhouses and outbuilding comply with the standards. This means a competent electrician must carry out the work. As your managing agent we can arrange the following at a competitive rate;
Electrical Installation Condition Report (previously known as Periodic Inspection and Testing or Fixed Wire Testing or NICIAC Report) prefereable every three years. Portable and Fixed Appliance Testing (required annually).^ Back to Top