How to give your tenants a home they’ll love
By Bea Patel on 4 May 2018 in Letting
Although landlords aren’t expected to have a super friendly relationship with their tenants, they can take steps to give renters a home they’ll love.
More and more households are now living in rental housing provided by private landlords, whether out of choice or because they can’t afford their own home. And, although homeownership is still considered a favourable tenure by most, renting can still be enjoyable.
Landlord Insurance provider Just Landlords look at ways landlords can help give their tenants a home they’ll love. Read on for some top tips:
Ensure it’s safe and comfortable
This is a basic requirement of all private rental housing – landlords are responsible for ensuring that their tenants’ homes are safe and comfortable. This means you must stick to your legal obligations to keep the structure, furnishings, fixtures and fittings in the property to the required standard.
Rules and regulations have been put in place to make sure that all private rental accommodation is safe and secure, so you must comply with them. If a tenant knows you’re a responsible landlord that sticks to your duties, they’re more likely to stay in your property, which makes it a win-win situation for you.
Help to reduce their bills
If your tenants pay the bills in your properties, they’re almost guaranteed to thank you for taking steps to reduce their monthly costs. This would also be a timely measure, as new laws came into place in April which makes it illegal for landlords to grant new leases on properties with Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings below E.
The Government’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are designed to improve the efficiency of private rental housing. Not only will complying with the new rules prevent you from breaking the law, but steps to improve the energy efficiency of your properties will also cut bills for your tenants.
Give them a blank canvas
When you market your rental properties to new tenants, it’s important they can envisage themselves and their belongings in the space. This helps them consider the property more as a home than a pit stop. This will likely mean that they’ll take better care of your investment and stick around longer.
Always decorate the property in neutral colours and avoid putting too much personalisation into the rooms. This gives tenants a blank canvas to work with – going a long way to helping them settle in and feel at home.
Use on-trend accessories
That being said, you do want your property to stand out on the lettings market and give tenants something they haven’t seen elsewhere. An easy way to bring your property up to date and create a welcoming atmosphere is to use on-trend accessories to complete the space on offer.
This could be as simple as some new, patterned cushions on the living room sofa, or a chic vase with fresh flowers in the hallway. These make the property look more like a home and helps your investment stay in prospective tenants’ minds.
It needn’t be difficult or expensive to provide a home that your tenants will love and want to stay in. Following these simple steps can go a long way to sprucing up your property and securing you reliable renters.
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