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Paul Deveney
Residential Landlords
Paul has worked in lettings for over 20 years and prides himself on his wealth of experience and knowledge. He is now the head of lettings, and one of the main board of directors at The Acorn Group.

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Note: any questions subsequently used on our FAQ page are completely anonymised.

Questions Recently Answered by Paul


Do I need to tell my mortgage lender that I’m going to let my property?


Yes, you will need your lender’s permission before you can let your property; they may have special conditions that you need to comply with or need to be added to the tenancy agreement.  Most lenders will give permission when you apply to let out your property.


Why do I need an inventory / schedule of conditions when I let my property?


It’s important you have an inventory so if there is a dispute over damage at the end of the tenancy, the inventory can be used as evidence of the condition of the property and its contents when your tenant moved in. When raising a dispute with TDS (The Independent Deposit Dispute Panel) they will want to see an inventory or schedule of condition. We can arrange this with minimum fuss.


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.

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