When considering which lettings agent to work with when letting your property, its incredibly important to work with a knowledgeable, competent and proactive team, that not only abide by the traditions of estate agency practice, but who also provide a high level of genuine and hospitable client experience for both you and your future tenants. Coupled with our above qualities and standards, Orchid have an incredible track record of letting your property to our database of well qualified and active tenants that we would be confident enough to let our own homes to.
Whether you are a first time landlord or a very experienced landlord, we will be with you every step of the way, from valuation, through to securing the ideal tenants for you and fully managing your property. If you select our fully managed service, you will ensure you are always fully compliant with the ever changing rules, regulations and laws within the world of lettings. As well as providing accurate time management, reducing your overall stress and allowing us to use our tried and tested processes, and ultimate professionalism as specialists in the field of residential property lettings.
Finding a tenant | Full reference procedure by a 3rd party company | Full inventory report conducted by a 3rd party company | Check in and Check out of tenant | Quarterly property inspections | Monthly rental collection | Handling maintenance issues | 12 month rent guarantee – (Orchid pay the premium for the first 12 months) | Impartiality as the property is managed by us | Excellent time management | Less landlord stress | Tried and tested systems and processes | Ensuring you stay compliant with updates to the many lettings industry rules, regulations and laws
Finding a tenant | Full reference procedure by a 3rd party company | Full inventory report conducted by a 3rd party company | Check in of tenant | Monthly rent collection
Finding a tenant | Full reference procedure by a 3rd party company | Full inventory report conducted by a 3rd party company | Check in of tenant
A growing number of tenants are requesting a fully managed rental property, as it offers them reassurance that they can contact their property management team if they have any problems, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Property management also offers a great deal of reassurance and creates a stress free letting environment to landlords, as they know that they have lettings and property specialists managing their property with knowledge, care and attention, staying up to date with the regular changes in lettings rules, regulations and laws, to ensure that you remain compliant at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
We most certainly can manage your property if you reside overseas, and we have many overseas landlords. We would advise you to consider full management if this is the case for you.
You are responsible for ensuring that the physical property is maintained in good working order, such as the exterior, the roof, drains and gutters as well as making sure that the property is supplied with gas, electricity, sanitation, heating and water. The property must be deemed habitable.
For Let Only and Part Managed properties it is the responsibility of the landlord to look after the property and manage the tenancy. For our Full Management offering, Orchid and our property management team will look after your property and manage the tenancy on your behalf. Full Management is increasingly becoming the most popular option for the majority of our landlords.
At Orchid we would advise you to insure your property along with any content that forms part of the tenancy agreement. We would also advise you to ensure that your insurance covers public liability insurance too and sub-letting (as they may require you to take out a separate landlord insurance).
You do not need permission from the local authority to rent your property unless you are making your property a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) or you need to apply for planning permission, but you may need permission from your freeholder if your property is a leasehold property, your lender if the property is mortgaged or there is a loan against the property and your insurer, to ensure that you have a lettings policy. You may have certain conditions imposed by your mortgage lender or freeholder and even your insurer at times. You may risk repossession of the property by not complying with these conditions from the lender.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an official document that is produced following an assessment of electrical installation. It must be carried out by a qualified electrician or electrical contractor. An EICR will pick up any potential problems before they can become serious, or even hazardous. It is a legal requirement to have an EICR carried out and any findings rectified before your property is let to a tenant.
We have a carefully curated and appropriately pre-qualified database of potential tenants. All our viewings are accompanied by one of our knowledgeable full time letting’s negotiators and prior to accepting we will complete the Orchid due diligence (which includes ascertaining why they are moving, ensuring they have the required earning to rent and they meet the Orchid criteria for suitable tenants) prior to even speaking with you to propose them as tenants. If acceptable to you we will then conduct vigorous necessary reference checks via a 3rd party referencing company, after all referencing has been received back we will look to check your tenant in on the mutually agreed date. You can also rest in the knowledge that we would not let your property to an individual who we would not let our own property to.
In April 2007 it became law that all assured shorthold tenancy deposits received by landlords and letting agents are required to be protected in a Government-authorised tenancy deposit protection scheme. The deposit monies that are paid to the landlord or letting agent are physically paid over to The Deposit Protection Service (DPS), to safeguard the deposit for the duration of the tenancy. The deposit will be repaid at the end of the tenancy when both parties (tenant and landlord / letting agent) have reached agreement on its distribution. For clarification, at Orchid we use The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) whose website can be seen here.
Our Values at Orchid Lettings
At Orchid Lettings, we have two main guiding principles that we live and work by:
To our tenants, we will never ever rent you a property that we wouldn't rent ourselves and to our landlords, we will never let your property to tenants that we wouldn't rent our own home to. Lettings Testimonials - Coming Soon!
Corporate and Social Responsibility
At Orchid Lettings, we take great pride in our local community and we are incredibly proud to support Boho Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club and The Collett School.
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