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A landlord checklist of things to do before tenants move in

Posted on 03 October, 2018

This checklist serves as a guide only. If in doubt, please speak with a legal expert.

Reference your tenants

This is the best insight into your tenant’s ability to pay their rent on time. A good referencing service will check affordability, employability, credit history, and a previous landlord reference..

Update utility suppliers

It’s a good idea to update utility suppliers with new tenant details. This ensures any utilities tenants use will be billed to them.

Get a tenancy agreement

A tenancy agreement outlines tenant and landlord responsibilities. It clarifies legal rights, and helps keep landlords protected.

Prepare an inventory

Although not a legal requirement, an inventory is vital for getting funds from the deposit. If tenants disagree with your deductions, you won’t be able to claim anything without a signed inventory.

Take meter readings

This keeps things fair. It means tenants will know what they’re responsible to pay, and helps prevent landlords from being left with outstanding payments.

Provide emergency contact numbers

Important — especially for minimising any damage caused to the property. If a pipe bursts in the middle of the night, for example, your tenants need to know who to call.

Change the locks

Some might view this as an additional expense, but it could be essential for the safety of your new tenants. If you don’t change the locks, you must be confident your previous tenants were trustworthy enough to return all copies of the keys.

This checklist serves as a guide only. If in doubt, please speak with a legal expert.

*This article is for general awareness only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this page was first published.

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