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    My 1st tenant moves in on Wednesday into a flat i've renovated and am letting.

    He was sourced through and estate agency but i will be managing the let.

    I was wondering if there was a good checklist of things i need to do before he moves in ? I'd imagine i've covered most things but sure they'll be a couple i've overlooked as it's my 1st time.

    Thanks in advance,

    Did you do the viewings yourself? Have you actually met this person?

    Best tip would be to make sure the deposit is protected properly and pi issued as it should be.
    "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

    What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.


      Remind the tenant that this is their home aswell and they should be doing things as that you would expect them to such as changing light bulbs, unblocking sinks where they've caused the blockage etc. Lay down what circumstances you want them to call you and circumstances where you expect them to sort them out. Give them an inch and they'll take a mile. Conduct your first inspection after 1 month, then 3, then 6 etc.
      "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

      What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.


        ensure you see the prospective tenant reference & credit checks BEFORE any tenancy is even offered to him.

        If agent suggest you can't see them walk away & sign up with a new, trustworthy, agent...

        I would take a copy of passport or driving licence & payslip (with NI number): Not for tenancy but to help find him if he inexplicably escapes owing funds...

        If you feel uncomfortable about agent's choice of tenant in any way, find another tenant. An empty property is better than a bad tenant (honest, I have the scars...)

        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


          Sounds like mikeyw has missed the bits you mention there guys as tenant is moving in tomorrow and has an offer of tenancy!

          Mikeyw - never trust an agent to choose a tenant for you. You need to see his refs and details of employment - don't take a HB tenant as 1st one. You need to learn 'gut reaction' for choosing your own tenant - agents think people like you are a gift especially when managing yourself - they will just bung the rejects on you for a quick let.

          Getting to the agent and check out this person now!

          Freedom at the point of zero............


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