Property rental and management is the core of our business, we can justifiably boast unparalleled experience in helping landlords achieve excellent returns on their property investment.
We are members of National Landlords Association and UK association of letting Agents, and we ensure at all times that our property management service meets the stringent standards set out by these organisations.
Each of our clients are different and we offer a range of services to suit their individual needs.
When letting a property as furnished we suggest the following as a guideline: (please note that upholstered, gas and electrical items must comply with specific safety requirements)
Assured Shorthold Tenancy is the standard form of tenancy agreement between landlords and tenants under the terms of the Housing Act 1988 (amended 1996).
When we take on your property we ask you to sign a formal agreement that sets our mutual duties and responsibilities and standard terms and conditions. For more information on this please call 0207 345 5064.
When you terminate a tenancy it's important that the correct notice period is given to the tenant. There is a general minimum period of two months, but a notice cannot end earlier than the end of the fixed term
After a tenancy agreement term expires, your tenant's agreement automatically renews itself on a periodic tenancy (month to month basis). If you wish the tenancy to terminate you must give your tenant two months notice in writing to leave your property.
All rented properties must meet the following criteria:
As the landlord, it is your legal responsibility to conform to Health and Safety regulations Including, Fire regulations, Gas Safe registration and electrical appliance safety testing.
Any upholstered furniture or furnishings supplied as part of the let must conform to the relevant parts of the Furniture and Fire Safety Regulations and should be clearly marked with permanent labels certifying fire safety compliance.
All properties should be fitted with a hard wired smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector, and a fire blanket should be supplied in the kitchen.
You have a legal responsibility to ensure that all the gas appliances in your property are safe, in good order and tested annually by a registered CORGI (Council for Registered Gas Installers )engineer. You must provide tenants with a valid gas safety certificate to demonstrate that all gas appliances have been tested as safe and this certificate must be renewed every year.
Landlords have a legal responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that all electrical appliances supplied as part of the let are safe to use. We require all electrical appliances to be tested for electrical safety on an annual basis (Portable Appliance Test) and electrical wiring circuits and mains boards to be checked every 5 years (Periodic Inspection Report).
If you rent your property to three or more unrelated people it will be classified as a House in Multiple Occupation and be subject to HMO legislation. That means you must have an HMO licence and will be guilty of an offence if you rent a property without it. To acquire an HMO licence you must typically comply with the following:
We can advise on how to bring your property to the required HMO and fire and safety standards and, using our approved contractors, arrange for the work to be done.
Under the Housing Act 2004, the government is required to introduce mandatory, universal tenancy deposit protection. Tenancy Deposit Protection will apply to all assured shorthold tenancies in England and Wales where a deposit is taken. Virtually all new contracts to let a property are assured shorthold tenancies.
It is not mandatory to take a deposit for a property. A landlord can make the decision not to take a deposit to avoid the scheme, but in doing so you should be aware that if a tenant damages the property or does not pay the rent, recovery of these losses can only be made through the county court.
The landlord/agent, not the tenant, will have the option to choose whether to safeguard the deposit in the custodial or insurance-based scheme..
A landlord/agent will have to safeguard a deposit within 14 days from the day landlord/agent receives the deposit. The landlord/agent will have to provide the tenant prescribed information of where the deposit is held.
To comply with EU legislation, all rental properties marketed in England from 1st October 2008 must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
The certificate gives a rating for the property, showing its energy efficiency and its environmental impact on a scale from A to G in graphical format (where A is the most efficient and G the least efficient). The average property in the UK is in bands D-E for both ratings.
The certificate also recommends ways to improve the property's energy performance, to help save energy, reduce bills and cut carbon dioxide emissions.
The cost of a certificate is in the region of £80 Inc VAT. The certificate is valid for rental purposes for 10 years, but properties should be re-assessed sooner if energy saving repairs or improvements (such as the installation of a new boiler) are carried out.
It's good letting practice, and will improve your property's EPC rating, to provide a basic level of thermal insulation and incorporate, where necessary and practical, draught insulation of doors and windows, lagging of immersion heaters and hot water pipes and insulation of roof spaces. Your tenant must be able to heat the property to a reasonable temperature at a reasonable cost so there should be an efficient and economical heating supply and hot water supply. Grants may be available to improve the energy efficiency of your property.
JBE London provide a turnkey solution or any combination of the above depending on how hands-on you want to be. We also offer a number of options to ensure your property is maintained in first class condition.
JBE London provides a full refurbishment service that covers any type of project from minor redecoration to installation of a new kitchen right through to complete property renovation. All our contractors are vetted and managed by a team with expertise in this area. We can also supply a comprehensive range of furniture and household equipment. For more information on our refurbishment services please call 0207 345 5064.
An agent is a professional property manager with responsibilities for the elements under common ownership in a residential development.
Integrity, reliability and commitment to quality are key to the JBE London service.
Please see here our Landlord fees and charges. If you have any questions on these please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Lettings team or find out why so many Landlords choose to rent their property with JBE London.
We are members of The Property Ombudsman and abide by The Property Ombudsman Code of Practice. You agree that we may disclose information relating to the rental of the property to The Property Ombudsman and other regulatory bodies, if you or the landlord have registered a complaint and The Property Ombudsman asks for it. You also agree that we may disclose your contact details to The Property Ombudsman if they ask for them, to assist in their monitoring of our compliance with the Code of Practice.