Landlord Guide

1. Valuation

At Unico we take pride in our knowledge of the lettings market and current trends, and are best placed to advise you on the achievable value of your property. We can also advise you on presenting your property for viewings and give you some ideas on décor, furnishings and white goods. Talk to us today for a free no-obligation quotation.

2. Let only or Managed?

Depending on how much you wish to get involved in the day to day running of your rental portfolio will determine which service you select with Unico. We can do everything from repairs and maintenance to rent collection and renewals or simply find and reference your tenants and hand over the rest to you once they’ve moved in. The choice is yours.

3. Marketing

Unico employ several high profile marketing techniques to present your property to the lettings market. We advertise your property on the best, most popular property portals in the UK today – Zoopla and Rightmove, and also Homeflow and Movehut as well as our own website, with detailed descriptions and high quality photography. With your permission we will erect a well-designed To Let board outside the property.

4. Viewings

On receipt of your instruction, Unico’s talented and dedicated lettings negotiators will scour our extensive database of pre-vetted high quality applicants and we will contact all those that we feel would be suitable based on your criteria and their requirements to arrange viewings. We accompany all applicants during the viewings and will provide feedback to you once they’re completed.

5. Accept offer

Once we receive a firm interest in your property Unico will contact you and let you know. We will give you full details of your potential new tenants and their current situation and will discuss this with you. If you’re happy to offer them a tenancy subject to references, we will take your instruction and contact the applicants for a holding deposit.

6. Undergo references

Unico’s vetting process is extremely thorough for a reason. We strive to provide you with first class tenants who will respect your property and treat it as if it was their own. As part of the process our specialist reference company(Homelet) will obtain previous landlord references, employment references and proof of earnings and also check for any adverse credit. We will also perform Right to Rent checks, ask for proof of identity and proof of address.

7. Sign paperwork

We will transfer to you your first month’s rent less our fees and will email you a detailed statement of all outgoings and the balance that will be remitted to you. If the property is managed by us we will register the deposit in our Government approved deposit registration scheme according to Government guidelines. Otherwise, we will also forward the deposit for you to protect.

8. Transfer initial monies

At this stage, we ask the tenants to pay the balance of funds and will set a date and time for them to sign the tenancy agreement. Once signed by all parties, a copy of the Agreement will be sent to you, along with copies of all relevant paperwork given to the Tenants.

9. Tenant moves in

On the day, the inventory clerk will perform the check-in with the new tenants and agree the contents of the inventory if one was performed. We strongly recommend an inventory as without one it is extremely difficult to successfully negotiate deductions from the security deposit if damage has been caused during the tenancy. The clerk will also take meter readings and photograph the sets of keys that are being given to the tenants.