First time landlord's guide

This guide is aimed at first time landlord’s but could also prove useful for landlords with previous experience. Follow the links to see each section in detail.

Step 5

Preparing for your tenants to move in

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

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
  • Provide your tenants with the gas safety certificate and maintenance book
  • 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.