Like many of our landlords, you may find peace of mind knowing that someone is available 24/7 to handle any property maintenance or emergency issues – especially if you are too busy or live too far away to deal with them yourself.
Either way, knowing for sure that you won’t get a 3am call about a blocked toilet is a wonderful thing!
What’s more, we work hard to ensure we retain good, happy tenants who’ll pay good rent, do so regularly and respect your property, and part of this means looking after their needs. Read more about how we ensure good tenants
Your dedicated property manager
Meet Clea and Alesha – our property management team. Together they’ll make sure your property is properly looked after, as well as making sure your tenants are fully familiar with everything there is to know about your property, and handling any day-to-day issues with your property.
They’re also experienced at resolving more complex issues that arise. We’ve built up a good network of trusted, local contractors who, because of the volume of work we supply them, work hard to ensure work is carried out promptly, to a high quality and for a fair fee.
Before the tenancy begins, we will:
Ensure your property is legal
Make sure that your property complies with all the relevant safety regulations (find out more) and advise you if action is required to meet the legal standards.
Prepare an inventory
We’ll ask an independent specialist to prepare an Inventory and Schedule of Condition. This acts as an important ‘snapshot’ of your property before your tenants move in, and can be useful if there are disputes about its condition when the move out.
Familiarise your tenants with the property
We will meet your new tenants on the day they move in to show them round and obtain their signed agreement of the Inventory and Schedule of Condition.
We’ll also make sure they know how everything works – ensuring nothing is left to chance.
During the tenancy we’ll:
Collect the rent
Each month we’ll collect the rent on your behalf, chasing the tenants if necessary, and pass them onto you by bank transfer the same day. Every month we’ll also send you a statement by email. Because we collect our fee from you at the start of the tenancy, 100% of the rent is passed to you each month.
Look after your property
We’ll be on-call 24/7 to handle any problems or questions your tenants may have, and manage any repairs that are necessary, using our trusted local contractors.
We hold a £200 repair float on your behalf, enabling us to carry out any minor repairs straight away without bothering you, whilst ensuring your tenants are looked after properly (happy tenants make good tenants, remember!)
If a job will cost more than £200 we seek your authorisation before works commence.
Conduct regular inspections
We’ll also carry out regular property inspections using a thorough 50-point check-list, and send you a written report on you property’s condition.
Arrange annual gas-safety checks
If your tenants stay beyond a year, by law the property must have a gas-safety check each year. We will arrange this for you, and advise you accordingly of any remedial action that needs to be taken to ensure compliance. Our gas contractors charge £84 inc vat.
Provide on-going advice
Of course, you’ll find us on hand to handle any questions you may have regarding your letting, and will update you on any legislation that’s new or changed.
Towards the end of the tenancy we’ll ascertain from you and your tenants whether you would like to renew the tenancy.
If both are happy to renew, we’ll
If you require possession of your property, we’ll
At the end of the tenancy we’ll:
We understand that one of the things that irritate landlords is a constant string of unforeseen fees! With Oscar Knight, the fees we quote are the fees you pay. No additional ‘agreement fee’, fees for drawing up the tenancy, check in/out fees, inventory fees, overseas admin fees – they’re all included in our simple fee structure:
Any other optional extras are listed here:
|Letting only service||Property Management service|
|Arrange energy performance certificate (EPC)||optional: £84 inc vat|
|Professional photography & floorplan||✔||✔|
|Extensive marketing on our own website, on Rightmove, Zoopla & Primelocation||✔||✔|
|Provide regular feedback||✔||✔|
|Informal, no-obligation “meet the tenants” approval meeting||✔||✔|
|Extensive reference checks including affordability & credit checks & credit score||✔||✔|
|Prepare tenancy agreement||✔||✔|
|Take advance rent & deposit||✔||✔|
|Gas safety check||✔||✔|
|Standing order set up for rental payments, Direct card debit for managed properties||✔||✔|
|Gas, electricity, water & council tax notified||✔||✔|
|Register tenant’s deposit||optional at £30 inc vat (we will do this automatically for you if we don’t receive confirmation from you that you have done so)|
|Review rent annually||✔|
|Ongoing customer support||✔|
|Collect rent – pay you by BACS||✔|
|Handle any maintenance and repairs||✔|
|Manage repairs with tenants and contractors||✔|
|Administer overseas tax (NRL Scheme)||✔|
|Arrange annual gas checks||Reminder sent to landlord||£84 inc vat|
|Deal with Block Management companies on your behalf; pay service charges, ground rent||✔|
|Dedicated management team is the only point of contact for tenants||✔|
|Regular property inspections using thorough 50-point check-list||✔|
|End of tenancy check out||✔|
Unlike some agents, we’re upfront about our costs for renewing a tenancy (when existing tenants decide to stay beyond the initial term of the tenancy).
And unlike some agents, who charge the initial rental fee all over again, we charge just 3.6% (3% + VAT).
Example: a tenancy of £1000pcm, renewed for 12 months, costs just £360 + VAT = £432.