Preparing for tenants to move in

The first and most important thing that you need to do is to screen your tenants. Running credit checks for tenants is imperative as this will give you an insight in to the individual coming to rent your property, in terms of credit history. However, this is not a legal requirement and you will need to obtain written permission from the tenants in order to screen them. There are several agency’s that specialise in running credit checks for tenants so it may be easier and quicker to utilise one of them.

After screening the tenants, the next step should be the repairing any damaged areas or addressing health and safety issues. This will even help in passing future HHSRS inspections. It is also important that you clean the building and make sure that the gas, plumbing and electrical systems are in a working condition.

Prepare the lease agreement then meet with the tenant and go through it together. Make sure that they understand the agreement before signing to it. Thereafter, collect the deposit and the first month’s rent.

On the day the tenant is moving in, you should go through the moving-in and Inventory check-lists together and ensure everything is in the described condition. Once you ascertain that everything is okay, exchange your contact information for easier communication in the future.



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