CKD Galbraith Provides Tenant Tips For Safe Agent Week
Tenants! Do you know who your landlord is? Have you actually met with them face-to-face? Are you aware your landlord is legally required to safeguard your deposit? Did you request an inventory at the beginning of the lease?
CKD Galbraith has a dedicated lettings divisions across the country managed the let of almost 1000 properties last year, and so has a wealth of experience in assisting both landlords and prospective tenants with a range of budgets.
Now in its third year SAFEagent Awareness Week will take place from May 12 – 18th and will be supported by regional and national initiatives to drive awareness of the importance of choosing a letting agent such as CKD Galbraith, that offers financial protection.
CKD Galbraith is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) and the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS). In addition, CKD Galbraith holds a SAFEagent accreditation which guarantees that tenants' and landlords' money is protected by a client money protection scheme.
In support of SAFEagent Awareness Week the firm has compiled a list of top tips that they would urge all tenants to consider:
- Be aware of recent legislation; CKD Galbraith welcomed the Tenancy Deposit Scheme which ensures that both Landlord’s and tenant’s money is protected. Schemes such as these required Scottish landlords to hand over their tenants deposit cash to an independent body – your landlord is required by law to safeguard your deposit in this scheme
- One of the common grievances between landlords and tenants is regarding wear and tear on property – new landlords might not appreciate the amount of fair wear and tear a property will incur and expect it to be returned in an identical condition to the start of the rental period. Therefore always request that a comprehensive inventory is conducted at the beginning of the lease so that any damage can be accurately assessed.
- Property inspections should be carried out regularly by agent or landlord and documented. These can provide useful evidence in disputes over fair wear and tear
- Tenants should also ensure that they have adequate insurance cover for their own possessions – the landlord will have buildings cover. Accidental damage insurance is also worth considering as tenants can claim on their policy for damages and receive their deposit back in full
- Take the time to read and fully understand lease documents and contracts. Tenants should be given time to do this and should not be expected to sign on the day. Special attention should be given to tenant obligations and notice periods for ending the lease
- Tenants should find out if the property is managed by an agency or directly by the landlord. If managed by the landlord then request a meeting with them prior to signing the let; find out how repairs will be handled and if they are members of the Scottish Association of Landlords.
Shirley Kenyon, Head of Lettings at CKD Galbraith said: “Find out exactly who you are dealing with. Who is your landlord? A large percentage of tenants don’t know or have never actually met with their landlord.
“Meeting with your landlord gives you the opportunity to get a sense of who you are entering into a formal agreement with. Any negotiations are best done face to face but should be documented as well by you or your landlord/agency.”
Find details on the range of properties for let through CKD Galbraith.