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How do I secure a property?


Once you have viewed the property with your estate agent and want to secure it, you will need to put down a holding deposit equivalent to a single week's worth of rent. The agent cannot take the property off of the market until this is done!

Residential Tenants

With a let property, how often do I need to get a gas safety check done?


You will need a qualified Gas Safe Register engineer to check every 12 months that all gas appliances, pipes and flues are in safe working order. We can assist with this. Your tenant must be given a copy of the certificate before they move in to the property.

Residential Landlords

Do I have to pay tax on my rental income?


Yes, you may be liable to pay tax on your rental income and further details can be found on the HMRC website. If you are going to be overseas, you will need to complete form NRL2 for approval to receive your rental income without tax deducted, otherwise your agent must deduct the tax at the basic rate and account to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC); if your tenant is going to be paying the rent direct to you, then your tenant must deduct the tax and account to HMRC.

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