Below is a checklist to use to make sure you are ready for your tenant(s).
Go through the property and ensure it is clean and presentable
If you were the prior resident arrange to have your mail redirected
Transfer utility bills into the name of the new tenant
Arrange for the council tax to be paid by the new tenant
Leave instructions for all appliances with each appliance.
Make sure all relevant equipment is labelled correctly
Copy the house keys so that each tenant has a set
Make sure you can provide your tenants with the following:
An Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement
A Schedule 2 Ground 2 Mortgage Notice
Energy Performance Certificate
How to rent guide
Smoke alarm checklist
An inventory of the property
On the day your tenants move in
Take final meter readings and give them to the tenants
Conduct, agree and sign the inventory with the tenants
Demonstrate the workings of relevant equipment - alarms, locks
Explain how to use any safety equipment - extinguishers, blankets
Provide emergency contact numbers and written explanations of how to deal with an emergency in the property
Allow the tenants to ask you any questions they have
Hand over the keys
If you are letting your property through an agency then a lot of the above will be carried out by the agent. Check with the agent what they will be responsible for. This will depend on the type of agreement you have.