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Landlord Guide

Step 1: Accurate valuation
Your aim should be to let your property at the best possible price in the shortest possible time. This is why we consistently achieve the asking price across all our clients' properties.

Step 2: Selecting an estate agent
When choosing a letting agent consider their opening hours, when they will be available to conduct viewings, their high street presence and what kind of marketing your property will receive. These are critical to obtaining the maximum rental value for your property.

You should also check if your agent will organise your government-required Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on your behalf or if you need to arrange this yourself? You are responsible for making this document available to prospective and future tenants. CSJ can arrange this for you.

Step 3: Consider Property Management
Property Management can be the key to reaping maximum rental returns on your property. Many tenants insist on renting managed properties and are often prepared to pay a premium for this.

Instructing CSJ to manage your property gives you peace of mind that both your property and tenants will be cared for 24/7. Your dedicated Property Manager will look after the general day-to-day management and more complex issues such as emergency repairs, collection of rent, transfer of utilities and much more.

Step 4: Presenting your property
First impressions count, making the presentation of your property critical to a successful let.

Consider addressing any DIY jobs you have been meaning to get done, add a fresh coat of paint where necessary and try to de-clutter to make rooms appear larger.

The CSJ team will then take photographs and write comprehensive property descriptions, all in just one visit.

Step 5: Preparing your property for tenancy
Before you let your property for the first time you must consider obtaining a professional and comprehensive inventory. This will set out the condition and contents of the property. CSJ work with reputable inventory companies who can take care of this for you

Step 6: Marketing your property
To find your perfect tenant you need to give your property maximum exposure across a wide range of media. When you instruct CSJ to let your property you will automatically benefit from our unrivalled, comprehensive marketing package.

Step 7: Accompanied viewings
Our longer opening hours are essential to maximise viewing opportunities for your property - in fact over 41% of our viewings are carried out after work and at weekends. Accompanied viewings also mean we can use our expertise to help let your property.

Step 8: Receiving an offer
As soon as an offer is received we will contact you to communicate full details of an offer along with any special conditions to help you decide whether or not to accept.

Step 9: Offer agreed
Once you accept an offer we will do the following, regardless of whether your property is managed:
• Obtain references from the tenants
• Arrange signing of Tenancy Agreement
• Collect moving-in payment (rent + deposit)
• Carry out check-in and inventory (if instructed)
For your added peace of mind, where applicable we will hold the deposit as a stakeholder and register this with a recognized scheme, resulting in a faster and more efficient deposit release process at the end of the tenancy.

Step 10: Completion
Upon completion, keys will be released to the inventory clerk or the tenant on moving-in day. For managed properties, we will provide the tenant with contact details of their dedicated Property Manager.

Congratulations, your property is now let!

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We recently sold a property through CSJ. From start to finish they offered a more individual and professional service than other agents whom we contacted. Due to their extensive experience in the area, they had a very good view of the property market and the value that we could achieve for our flat. Within less than a week we had a buyer for the flat.

- Ms Fitch

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