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Lettings Agent In Bedford

Rental & Property Management Office In Bedford

Gatehouse Estates Property Management is a lettings agents in Bedford and have been finding tenants and managing properties from offices in Bedford and Godmanchester  for the past 10 years with a portfolio now in excess of 300 properties. The company offers both a Tenant Finding Only Service to a Full Property Management option.  As a company we are ever increasing our properties that we manage and are proud that this continued success is due to staff commitment and loyalty, and of course professionalism

The Bedford Office handles all types of properties within the town itself as well as Putnoe, Brickhill, Goldington, Southfield Park and Abbeyfields. Additionally, the villages of Biddenham, Bromham, Gt.Barford, Clapham, Oakley across to Sharnbrook and into North Bedfordshire are covered.

Free Rental Valuations & Property Appraisals

An experienced member of the office will visit your property to provide you with a market and property appraisal including the expected monthy rental return. This is free of charge and with no obligation.

Finding The Right Tenant

Gatehouse Estates Property Management makes every effort to ensure that your property is promoted to the largest possible audience. By pro-actively marketing your property we aim to achieve the best possible price regardless of market conditions.

**Local Newspaper Advertising within the Beds Times & Citizen
**Internet Advertising on gatehouserental.co.uk, gatehouserental.com, rightmove.com
**Window Display within our eye catching property displays located within ‘estate agents row’
**Database Of Waiting Tenants that are contacted by telephone, email or by sms text messaging upon instruction
**A colour prospectus of all properties available to rent is updated daily to be presented and discussed with prospective tenant enquiries.
**All viewings are accompanied in order to secure a suitable tenant as soon as possible with regular feedback to each landlord.

Referencing A Tenant

On your behalf we will take references on every individual tenant who is to be named in the tenancy agreement, which will include everyone over the age of 18 intending to reside in the property. To ensure this vital process is carried out as objectively and thoroughly as possible we use an independent professional referencing company – any fees involved are paid by the tenant. The report sent to us by the credit referencing company will be actioned on the basis that the conclusion deems the applicant to be a suitable tenant and acceptable to underwriters for legal and rent protection policies. This process will include full referencing and, providing they can be obtained, various financial references such as current and previous employment references, current lender or previous Landlord reference. To further strengthen your position we may decide to also take a Guarantor to back up the tenants’ ability to meet their commitments to you.

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Lettings In Bedford & Godmanchester – Important Legislation

Lettings In Bedford & Godmanchester

Lettings In Bedford & Godmanchester – Important Legislation

There are various legislations that are mandatory when letting out your property in Bedford & Godmanchester. Landlord negligence carries various legal prosecution and can even carry a prison sentence.

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulation 1994
* All gas appliances such as cookers & boilers in rented accommodation must be certified every year by a Corgi Registered Installer. These regulations are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive.
* For further information on these regulations please ring the free HSE Gas Safety Advice Line on 0800 300363. Failure to comply may constitute a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, which carries a maximum fine of £5000.00 and/or a 6 month imprisonment sentence
 
Furniture And Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 
* All upholstered furniture must comply with the furniture and furnishings regulation 1988. Upholstered or even part upholstered furniture is covered by regulations including beds, mattresses, headboards, pillows, cushions, seat pads and garden furniture that may be used inside of the property. Bedclothes, carpets, curtains and furniture pre 1950 are exempt from this regulation.
  
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, Mandatory Since 1st January 1997
* All appliances that are supplied within a rental property must meet a certain criteria certified by a qualified electrician. This applies to both new and second hand appliances. This also includes appliances such as immersion heaters, toasters, washing machines, cookers and showers.
* Failure to comply may constitute a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, which carries a maximum fine of £5000.00 and/or a 6-month imprisonment sentence.
    
Energy Performance Certificate
From 1st October 2008 any property that is owned by a landlord and is part of their rental property portfolio will be subject to energy assessment to establish the performance of the building in a similar way to residential domestic property. Certificates must be available to any prospective tenants; there is no need to obtain a new certificate for an existing tenancy. Once obtained a certificate remains valid for up to 10 years.
  
Smoke Alarms
In all new homes built after 1st June 1992, a legal requirement was introduced by the Department of the Environment, to ensure all builders install mains operated smoke detectors on every floor and that they must be interlinking.  Should the property be built prior to the above date then the recommendation is that one smoke alarm should be fitted to provide sufficient early warning of fire if the property is a flat or bungalow.  This should be fitted in the hallway between living and sleeping areas.  Where there is more than one floor, one alarm should be fitted at the bottom of the staircase with an alarm on each upstairs landing.  Please be advised that it is your responsibility as a landlord to ensure the safety of your tenants, therefore anywhere else you see fit to install an alarm we recommend that you do so.

Water Meter
Please be advised that new legislation came into force with effect from 1st April 2000 under the Water Industry Act 1999, that tenants who are renting for a period of six months or more are entitled to have a water meter fitted without the consent of the landlord, even if the landlord was to forbid this change.   Once the meter has been fitted at the property and has been used by the tenant for a period of 12 months or more, then after this time, it will not be possible for the water meter to be reverted back to mains supply.

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Property Management In Bedford & Godmanchester – Rent Guarantee

Property Management In Bedford & Godmanchester – Rent Guarantee & Legal Expenses

Property Management In Bedford & Godmanchester

At Gatehouse Estates Property Management handle property rental and lettings in Bedford, Godmanchester, Huntingdon and St.Neots. With our property management we understand that landlords want piece of mind with their rental property with rent guarantee & legal expenses cover. Even the best of tenants sometimes experience difficult times through redundancy, business failure, accident, sickness and relationship splits – things that can happen to anyone, often through no fault of their own. Under these circumstances, even the most efficient letting agent may not be able to collect the due rent. However, we can now offer Rent Guarantee and Legal expenses cover.

With rent guarantee & legal expenses cover we aim to minimise the risk involved through protecting the landlord’s rent during tenancy and providing legal expenses cover in the event of rent arrears or a dispute.

For most Landlords, receiving the rental income each month is number one priority. The rent guarantee policy cover if the tenant can’t pay the rent provides:

•   Rent guarantee on all rent Payments for up to a maximum 12 months
•   60 Days from non payment of rent, to register a claim
•   Excludes first month’s lost rent.
•   50% of the rent for up a further 3 months whilst re-letting, after vacant possession obtained
•   Cover is available for all type of tenants, incl self-employed, students & companies             

Legal expenses cover means landlords don’t pay legal costs for disputes. In case the unthinkable happens you’ll be covered for legal costs relating to disputes with tenants or unauthorized occupants.

• £50,000 worth of legal expenses cover.
• Covers any Legal Tenancy dispute with Tenants.
• For arrears of rent, we chase up the Tenants after the first 31 days.
• For arrears of rent, solicitors issue all legal/eviction notices.
• All costs paid – no excess applies.

No paperwork, no hassle – we’ll take the admin off your hands!

The Cost of this policy is 3% of your monthly rental + 5% insurance premium tax.
Eg. £500 pcm x3% £15.00 x 5% £0.75 (ipt) = £15.75 per month

As part of our Management Service we will take care of all the application forms, paperwork and administration required for this policy on your behalf. Also for your information, the whole premium can be written off against tax.

To benefit from rent guarantee & legal expenses cover protection or for more information on rent guarantee & legal expenses cover please contact us  at the Godmanchester office can be contacted on 01480 433933 or email here

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Property To Let In Bedford ?

Rental & Property Management Office In Bedford

Have You A Property To Let In Bedford ?

With Christmas fast approaching, realistically landlords with a property to let in Bedford have only 2 to 3 weeks maximum to find a new tenant or else face having it left empty until the latter part of January.

At a quick glance of the local Bedford newspapers most rental agencies appear to have so many available within the adverts – Is your property sitting empty ? Gatehouse Estates Property Management in Bedford currently have only 12 properties left having secured tenants for the rest.

In addition to their pro-actice apporach to finding new tenants, Gatehouse Estates Property Management have introduced an incentive scheme to encourage tenants to secure their new rental property pre-christmas such as dicounting the agency fees by up to 50%. What’s your agent offering ?

As well as a growing tenants waiting list, promotion of each property is both within the local newspaper, on rightmove.com plus our own opitmised wesbite www.gatehouserental.co.uk as well in our own shop window located in the heart of the busy ‘estate agents row’ . In brief the office also offers:

* NO FEES’S payable until a suitable tenant has been found
* Full Management Service or Tenant Finding Only Service available
* Extensive database of waiting tenants including professionals
* Extensive tenant referencing by an independent company
* Rent Guarantee & Legal cover against tenants
* Legally approved assured shorthold tenancy agreements
* Collection and payment of rent into your bank account
* Extensive pre-tenancy inventory prepared
* Regular property inspections with reports for landlords
* All aspects of maintenance provided
* Transferral of utilities accounts
* Tenant Deposit Scheme certified
* Member of the Guild of Letting & Management

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Lettings & Rentals Agent In Bedford

Lettings and Rentals Agents In BedfordIs your property currently sitting un-occupied or even due to become empty ?

Is your current lettings and rentals agent in Bedford struggling to find you a tenant ? 

With the Christmas period seemingly arriving even earlier this year, it always seems to discourage tenants to consider moving into a new rental property until after the New Year once all the festivities have finished; this could be cause for concern.

However, Gatehouse Estates Property Management, a lettings and rentals agent in Bedford has instigated various attractive offers for tenants thus benefitting our landlords also.

A 55% discounted offer on the standard tenants fees are being promoted in order to make it more financially attractive for prospective tenants to secure a property with us now as opposed to delaying until the New Year.

This explains why the office has only a handful of properties currently empty as opposed to the huge volume being advertised by other lettings and rentals agents in Bedford within the local newspapers.

Is it a good idea to have your property sitting empty and promoted amongst many other empty properties similar to your own ?  Would it not be more beneficial to receive a more specific and pro-activie marketing campaign ? If a new tenant is not found within the next 2 weeks, landlords could be faced with an empty property until the end of January/early February. 

It has been noted that in particular 1 bedroom flats and cluster houses to rent in Bedford as well as 2 bedroom homes in and around Bedford are very high in demand. There is a database of exisiting tenants waiting to be contacted about all types of properties to rent and let in Bedford as well as the office having a regular influx of new enquiries as a result of our promotion.

For further information about the discounted offers and how you can benefit contact the office on 01234 345353 or email here. For further information about the landlord services offered visit: Landlords Offers

Our main property website is  www.gatehouserental.co.uk

 

Rental & Property Management Office In Bedford

Rental & Property Management Office In Bedford

Property Management Office In Bedford

Gatehouse Estates Property Management is a rental / property management company in Bedford (as well as Godmanchester) and manages in excess of 300 properties in the areas of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Specifically properties are managed in the main town of Bedford to include Putnoe, Brickhill, Goldington and Kempston as well as having rental properties in the villages of Clapham, Bromham, Biddenham, Oakley, Wootton, Sharnbrook, Great Barford, Cranfield, Riseley and Melchbourne to name but a few.

Below is a brief introduction of the advantages that Gatehouse Estates Property Management in Bedford offer their landlords.

* NO FEES’S payable until a suitable tenant has been found
* Full Management Service or Tenant Finding Only Service available
* Extensive database of waiting tenants including professionals
* Extensive tenant referencing by an independent company
* Rent Guarantee & Legal cover against tenants
* Legally approved assured shorthold tenancy agreements
* Collection and payment of rent into your bank account
* Extensive pre-tenancy inventory prepared
* Regular property inspections with reports for landlords
* All aspects of maintenance provided
* Transferral of utilities accounts
* Tenant Deposit Scheme certified
* Member of the Guild of Letting & Management

Visit the useful links below for further important information if you are considering renting your property in Bedford and the surrounding areas and villages.

General Advice

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Gatehouse Estates Property Management

Our Marketing

Request A Free Valuation

Our Bedford Office is at 50 St.Loyes Street, Bedford and can be called on 01234 345353 or email here

For the Godmanchester office call 01480 433933 or email here.

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