At Newton we offer 3 different options to suit the varying needs of landlords:
This option is ideal for the landlords who tend to deal with everything themselves but would perhaps prefer a more professional advert for their property to attract greater interest and the maximum possible rent.
For a fixed fee of just £100 plus VAT, professional photographs will be taken of your property in order to produce a high quality advert to be added to the main letting websites such as Rightmove and Zoopla.
All enquiries will be dealt with by our highly experienced team and details of any viewings will be passed to you to carry out the viewing at a suitable time.
Fees available on application.
We will manage everything in order to find the best tenants at the maximum rent achievable including full advertising, carrying out viewings and thorough reference checks on all tenants, initial rent and deposit processing, preparation of inventory and all legal paperwork as well as the transfer of utilities and council tax and any other requirements.
We will also have the tenant set up a standing order so rent is paid directly to you each month as soon as we hand the property back to you to manage.
Fees available on application.
This will include all of the above as well as full management of the property 365 days a year by our highly experienced team of property managers. Monthly rent will be collected and transferred to you at the earliest opportunity together with a detailed statement and there will also be regular routine condition inspections undertaken. We aim to make this entire process as easy for you as possible where you can literally provide us with keys then wait for rent to hit your account on average within two weeks of initially advertising the property.
Fees available on application.
We are one of the few agents to have a full-time property viewing service (including Saturdays) and you may have spotted the Newton mini, driven by Charlene – our property viewer – who is ready to show your properties to potential tenants.
Your property is actively managed by our experienced team and collected rent is paid by the 12th of every month. We pride ourselves in very low arrears levels due to our late rent procedures that click into place on the 7th of every month, when we chase any late payers and throughout each month of each and every year we have at least two formal “arrears meetings”, keeping our strategy tight as you really have to keep on the case with “late rents”. It works.
We carry out property inspections, three or four times per year, and have a full-time inspector. Landlords are inform
ed of all repairs they are responsible for.
Over the years there has been increasing requirements placed on Landlords concerning Health and Safety. Our staff are extremely knowledgeable on the latest legislation and will work with you to ensure your property is safe.
We have compiled the latest information below for you on legislation for Landlords in relation to health and safety.
By law, you must get a Gas-Safe registered engineer to inspect gas pipework, appliances and chimneys/flues every 12 months. You must give your tenant a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of the check being carried out, or before the tenant moves in. You must also keep a copy of the safety check for two years.
The Health and Safety Executive has issued an important safety alert. Where boilers are located away from external walls, flues are more likely to run through ceiling (or wall) voids. In such cases when the gas appliance is serviced or maintained it can be difficult, or impossible, to determine whether the flue has been installed correctly or whether it is still in good condition.
Where a flue fault exists in combination with a boiler which is not operating correctly, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO)2 could be released into the living accommodation. CO is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels. It stops the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs and can kill quickly, without warning.
From 1st January 2013, if you do not have inspection hatches installed, Gas Safe registered engineers will advise you that the appliance is ‘at risk’ and will, with your permission, turn off the appliance and tell you not to use it.
From October 2013 a change in building regulations requires landlords to fit carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘Silent killer’ because it is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen, smelt or tasted. Appliances fuelled by solid fuel (coal or wood), oil or gas all have the potential to cause carbon monoxide poisoning if they are poorly installed, badly maintained or incorrectly used.
Private landlords in Scotland are required by law to ensure that a rented house meets the repairing standard at the start of a tenancy and throughout a tenancy.
One part of the repairing standard is that
The installations in the house for the supply of electricity,
Electrical fixtures and fittings, and
Any appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
Ensure that regular electrical safety inspections are carried out by a competent person, and have regard to this guidance issued by Scottish Ministers on electrical safety standards and competent persons.
A PAT test requires a label for each appliance tested. The Institute of Engineering and technology (IET) have forms for providing a record of appliances that have been tested Appliances include –
Electrical white goods (such as refrigerators and washing machines),
Electrical brown goods (such as televisions and DVD players),
Electric fires that are not fixed in place,
Kitchen appliances, such as toasters and kettles,
Hand held electrical equipment, such as hairdryers, and any other appliances provided by the landlord that are not permanently connected to the electrical installation.
Any appliance, which fails to pass a Portable Appliance Test must be replaced or repaired immediately to comply with the repairing standard. The duty to carry out electrical safety inspections does not apply to appliances that belong to tenants, only to appliances provided by the landlord.
An electrical safety inspection must be carried out
Before a tenancy starts, and
During the tenancy, at intervals of no more than 5 years from the date of the previous inspection.
The electrical safety inspection does not have to be completed immediately before a new tenancy begins or every time a new tenancy starts, as long as an inspection has been carried out in the period of 5 years before the tenancy starts.
The electrical safety inspection must be recorded in an EICR and a PAT report.
Any tenant under a new tenancy commencing on or after 1 December 2015 must be provided with a copy of an EICR before the tenancy commences.
Any tenant under an existing tenancy at 30 November 2015 must be provided with a copy of an EICR by 1 December 2016 unless their tenancy ends before that date.
An EICR completed on or after 1 January 2012 completed by a competent person is acceptable, whether or not it in includes a description and location for appliances inspected. However, to be acceptable all EICRs completed on or after 1 December 2015 must have a PAT record attached to it that shows their description and location and a certificate for any remedial work that has been done.
A copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must include the EPC rating in any advertisement including newspaper, property schedules and internet advertising. A copy of the EPC must also be given to an incoming tenant of a property.
Legionnaires Disease can be life threatening and is caused by bacteria linked with man made water systems such as tanks, pipes and showers with conditions of temperature and irregular use. Landlords have a duty to carry out a risk assessment of their water systems to identify any risk and course of action to manage the risk.
Statutory guidance on requirements for smoke alarms was revised October 2013.
One functioning smoke alarm in every room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes
One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings
One heat alarm in every kitchen
All alarms should be mains powered and interlinked
By law, you must make sure that all furniture and furnishings supplied with the rental property meet fire resistance requirements as set out in the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1988.
Furniture incorporating glass such as mirrors, tables or cabinets must comply with BS7449: 1991 or BS7376:1990 as set out in the General Product Safety Regulations 1994.