Landlord FAQs

Frequently asked questions

A few factors affect the costs of letting a property.
  • The first is Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Many Estate Agents will be able to carry this process out on your behalf, and at City Realtor, we can complete this for you for £120.

  • The second factor is the inventory and check-in report. These can also be conducted by agents and typically fluctuate based on the size of the property.

  • The final factor is commission. The commission is charged once a tenant has signed the tenancy agreement and all checks are complete. The commission is a percentage of the rental price + VAT at the prevailing rate.
Most Estate Agents will be transparent with their marketing costs, often including them in their commission. However, clarifying this with your agents before entering into a contract is wise to avoid unexpected fees.
Ideally, your estate agent should always be present during viewings to give your property the best chance of success. However, there may be times when a landlord is requested to conduct a viewing. Finding an estate agent close to the property with extended opening hours is advisable.
As long as the estate agent has access to the full extent of the property, the landlord’s presence is not necessary, and tenants often prefer to view properties in this manner.
An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is a check to measure the energy efficiency of a property. The rating scale is from A-G, valid for ten years.

EPCs are mandatory; by 2025, all properties must have a minimum rating of C.
Property management fees depend on your rental price. They are calculated as a percentage of the agreed monthly rental + VAT. For further information on fees and services, refer to your estate agent’s T&Cs.
The deposit is typically four to six weeks of rent and must be secured in one of the three government-approved Deposit Protection Schemes (DPS) within 30 days of receiving.
All shorthold tenancy deposits are registered and held in these secure deposit schemes. The schemes keep the money safe and ensure any deposit disputes are smoother and more efficient.
Most estate agents provide inventory services, and the cost varies based on the size of the property. Get in touch with us to arrange an inventory check.
The Land Registry and Action Fraud recommend a few straightforward measures that you can take to safeguard your property. Visit the website for further information.
The time it takes to receive your rent is based on the length of the let. For long-term lets, you should receive your rent within 3-5 working days of the rental due date, though it is not guaranteed. For short-term lets, you are guaranteed to receive your rent in full within 3-5 working days.

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