Orchard & Shipman take away the hassle from letting your property; searching for tenants, managing the legalities of leases and co-ordinating maintenance and repairs are all taken care of. We are committed to maximising the return on your property investment.
We have accurate and up to date knowledge of property prices in the areas we work giving us the ability to provide you with a fast and accurate valuation
Our staff have many years’ experience and are trained to provide you with expert advice about the letting process and your legal obligations as a landlord
Expert Property Management
We manage thousands of properties on behalf of our clients across the UK, providing 24/7, 365 days a year service
We care about the quality of service we deliver so we set high standards for ourselves
With over 30 years of trading Orchard & Shipman and it’s staff have a wealth of experience and proven track record of delivery quality services
Residential Letting Guide
Your Legal responsibilities
As a Landlord you need to meet certain safety standards; as follows:
Ensure smoke alarms are fitted on each floor of the property
Carbon monoxide detectors must be fitted in rooms with coal fire or wood burning stove
A gas safety certificate for each gas appliance
Electrical devices must be safe for use, and we recommend PAT Portable Appliance Testing so you can be sure you are compliant
The water supply must be working properly to protect tenants from Legionella
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
You will need to purchase an EPC for your property before you let it. The property must have a minimum rating of E on its EPC as it will be unlawful to rent any property which breaches this requirement which could incur a penalty
Landlords are responsible for most repairs to the exterior or structure of the property. This means that any problems with roof, chimneys, walls, guttering and drains are the responsibility of the landlord. Landlords are responsible for keeping the equipment for supplying water, gas and electricity in a safe working order.
Our Property Management and Repairs team can take care of all of the above for you with our Fully Managed service.
Decorating and furnishing your property
Having a nicely decorated property can help improve your chances of securing a tenant in a competitive market, and reduce the time your property is empty.
Neutral is considered the best option as it’s more appealing to people; and can be brightened up with furnishings and accessories when the tenant moves in. A satin finish is also recommended as it’s easy to clean and may reduce the remedial work between tenancies.
It is recommended to have mid tone carpets that don’t show up dirt; hardwearing carpets will last longer, so choose the best quality flooring you can afford. Laminate or wooden floors may be more practical in high traffic living areas.
If you are providing the furnishings in your property; it’s a good idea to include the following basics:
Sofa/ table/ side table in the lounge area
Table and chairs in the dining area
Bed and bedside tables/ wardrobe in the bedroom
Supplying white goods in your rental may also be an added incentive to get your property tenanted quickly. Minimum white goods would be:
*It is recommended that White Goods are PAT Tested; please speak to your Property Manager about PAT Testing requirements in your area
We hope that you will be so pleased with our service that you will want to use us again and again and be very happy to recommend us to your friends and family. If this is not the case or you have an idea for how we can make things even better then we would really like to hear from you.
If you’d like to give us some feedback, whether an idea that would help improve our service, or perhaps you’ve had particularly good service from someone who works at Orchard & Shipman and you’d like to share this with us, then please use our feedback form to get in touch with us!
If you’d like to make a complaint; in the first instance you should contact your Property Manager to try and resolve the issue, if you still feel your complaint has been unresolved you can contact us using any of the following options; and one of our management team will be in touch to discuss your concerns.
Orchard & Shipman is a leading residential property management company with over 30 years’ experience in handling the assets of private landlords, residential portfolio owners and large corporate and institutional investors.