Landlords Guide

Estate Agent South Armagh

Before you start you will need to know exactly how much you can afford. We can arrange an appointment with Ashtree Financial Services to start this process for you.

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1. Tenant Find

At Michael McArdle & Son we offer a Let Only (Tenant Find) Service, as we find Landlords usually have their own tradesmen they can call on if and when the need arises. This saves you on unnecessary property management charges.

2. Create The Right Impression

First impressions count, making the presentation of your property critical to a successful let. Tidy any mess and clear unwanted clutter to maximise space. If you want to decorate go for neutral tones which will appeal to a wider audience.

Make any minor repairs such as fixing leaking taps. Make sure all aspects of your property are up to scratch to give you the best chance of finding the right tenants.

3. Get An Energy Performance Certificate

An EPC is a compulsory document needed by anyone who is selling or renting a property. The EPC is a report compiled by an assessor who will visit your property and look at various items to assess how energy efficient your property is.

These items include the Heating Boiler, Energy Efficient light bulbs, loft insulation, etc.

At Michael McArdle & Son we can recommend an accredited energy assessor who will produce an EPC for you.

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4. Carry Out An Inventory

You will need a complete professional inventory carried out before you let your property. This will set out the condition and contents of the property.

Michael McArdle & Son will carry this out on your behalf. Without a good inventory, it is difficult to assess and justify any deductions for damage from the tenant's deposit at the end of the tenancy.

5. Market Your Property

Michael McArdle & Son will promote your property by using a wide range of media. We will produce full colour brochures of your property which will be made available in our office and online. Your property will also be listed on our website which includes an in-depth description and professional interior and exterior photography.

We can also list your property on and local newspapers, as required. We will provide you with a distinctive To Let board. Michael McArdle & Son will also send out email alerts to our database of suitable tenants with details of your property.

6. Viewings

We will accompany any potential tenants to the viewings making it more convenient for you and allowing us to use our expertise to help let your property.

7. Receiving An Offer

When a tenant makes an offer on your property Michael McArdle & Son will contact you directly to communicate full details of the offer along with any special conditions to help you decide whether or not to accept.

8. Offer Agreed

Once you agree to accept an offer, we will:

  • Collate references from tenant referees.
  • Arrange signing of the Tenancy Agreement.
  • Collect moving-in payment (rent & deposit).
  • Set up Direct Debit Mandate for monthly rent collection.

As members of Tenancy Deposit Scheme Northern Ireland (TDSNI) all tenancy deposits are forwarded to them for the term of the lease. They release the deposit at the end subject to agreement.

9. Legal Duties

Even if you use us, it is your responsibility if something goes wrong thus it is imperative that you know all your legal obligations and rights and be up-to-date with any new legislation introduced.

10. Completion

Upon completion, keys will be released to the tenant on moving-in day.

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