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Renting Out a Home with Westbourne London

Guide to renting out a home

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Buy to let is simple according to television property experts – just put up a ‘to let’ sign and the tenants will come and that’s it. Not quite. Any landlord will agree that renting out property is rewarding but hard work and the key to success is effective property management. Most of us have enough problems juggling work and private lives without the complications of managing property as well. Buy to let landlords need time and a set of new skills to deal with tenants, which is why it’s often cost-effective to turn to a professional letting agent such as London Westbourne. Renting out a buy to let home means dealing with tenants and maintenance, collecting rents, keeping paperwork and complying with licensing and health and safety laws as well as keeping good financial records. If do not live close to your investment property, are not used to dealing with tenants calling at evenings and over weekends or are unfamiliar with a landlord’s legal obligations, you may prefer to rent out a home at arm’s length. Whatever your reason for working with a professional letting agent, London Westbourne has the experience and range of hassle-free services to look after your property and tenants for you.

Why Westbourne London?

Managing buy to let flats and houses is just one of our professional services for property investors. Westbourne London specialises in sourcing high-class homes for blue chip and corporate clients as well as standard buy to let. Our job is to match the right tenant with the right home at to obtain the best rent for our landlord clients. Our experienced lettings team knows the local market and is well-placed to help you decide whether to let furnished or unfurnished and how to present the best finish to cater for the target tenant. Westbourne London has an excellent reputation as Notting Hill’s longest-established lettings and estate agent. We are based in prominent, modern offices in Westbourne Grove, that attract attention from local tenants, as well as a professional web site and an imposing presence on leading property portals such as Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location that ensure your property is advertised to the widest possible audience, on and off line.

Finding an investment property

If you are looking to become a landlord or to extend a portfolio, Westbourne London can help you source the right property.
Our knowledgeable lettings experts can assess the letting potential of a home with a detailed report that covers the likely yield and monthly rental return and the work required to bring the property up to the right standard for the target tenant.

Setting the right rent

Because we know the local market so well, we can make sure each letting property achieves the right rent. We do this by looking at the rents similar properties in the neighbourhood have asked and agreed in recent months, the location and condition of the property, tenant demand and current asking rents demanded by other local landlords.
During long tenancies we will also advise on any appropriate rent increases.

Our letting packages

Our letting packages are flexible so you only pay for the service level you require.
The most popular packages are:

  • Full property management
  • Finding a tenant and rent collection
  • Finding the right tenant for a let only

You can discuss the services you require with one of our lettings experts who can take you through the benefits of each package.
The advantage of a tailored package is you are only paying for services that you need and use.

Tailoring our letting packages to your needs

Westbourne London’s lettings team can offer you the package you want as a landlord from a wide range of services, which include:

  • Making rental assessments and considering the investment potential of a home
  • Advising on all compliance issues
  • Advising on other compliance issues such as gas safety, electrical safety and Energy Performance Certificates
  • Preparing property advertising and arranging viewings
  • Selecting and referencing tenants – including checking out residency qualification under Right to Rent rules
  • Drawing up the relevant agreements
  • Seeing tenants in – including handing over keys
  • Managing tenancies – including collecting deposits and rents, dealing with tenant inquiries and repairs
  • Carrying out property inspections during tenancies
  • Assisting with problem tenants
  • Seeing tenants out at the end of a tenancy – including handing over keys and checking the property condition against the inventory

Marketing your letting property

To attract a tenant who will pay the best rent, you need a tried and tested marketing strategy to gain the best exposure for your home across the widest audience of potential tenants.
We do this by putting together an eye-catching brochure describing your buy to let property in detail alongside quality photographs that show off the inside and outside to maximum impact.
Those details are published online with high-traffic property portals and sent to vetted prospective tenants registered with us who are looking to rent a home like yours in your neighbourhood.
Our lettings team will also help you with hints and tips about staging your property for viewings.
We will assess your ‘kerb appeal’ and give the inside a professional once-over to bring out the best features and remove any negatives, such as minor repairs, clutter or distracting odours that could put off a buyer.

Escorted viewings

One of our lettings team will accompany interested tenants on viewings by appointment only.
You can be at the viewings if you wish, but your attendance is not necessary.
The lettings team will report feedback on any comments made by prospective tenants and review whether what they say should lead to taking any action to improve your marketing campaign.

Keeping you informed about your lettings

Westbourne London has an online client portal developed specifically for landlords that keeps you informed with the latest key information about your rented property.
The service saves time and money by offering:

  • Electronic document signing
  • A secure online payment system
  • Online statements so you can track rents and expenses
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