First Stages of Renting your Property


BrightWater will initially view the property to assess its rental value. At this point we will answer any questions you may have and determine the most suitable service to meet your requirements. We will also be able to make recommendations where necessary that could potentially increase the rental value of your property. In order to maximise property exposure, our website is updated daily and our properties are often listed on market leading websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, Prime Location and On The Market. Our properties are also seen on The Mail Online, The Telegraph and The Times and many more. Our highly trained and efficient staff will make sure that the best service is delivered to both the Landlord and Tenant.

Presenting the Property

As the lettings market becomes more and more competitive, it's important that the property is presented in the best way possible, without this the property could remain empty longer as well as affecting it's rental value.

To help a rental property appeal to a wider market, we would suggest the following:

  • If the property is a flat with a communal entrance and hallway, make sure that for the benefit of all Tenants that this area is kept tidy and clear of debris at all times.
  • Gardens must be kept maintained (when a Tenant occupies the property, the maintenance of the garden becomes their responsibility).
  • Check for any grouting issues in places such as the bathroom. Any mould issues here can really effect a prospective Tenant's decision to rent the property.
  • Keep the colours in the property neutral.
  • Keep the equipment provided and furnishings as contemporary as possible.
  • Double glazing and gas central heating is another popular feature amongst prospective Tenants.
  • In general, try to mend and rectify any damages around the property that can be easily seen or experienced.

Obtaining the Tenants and referencing

Arguably the most important factor when letting the property is the prospective Tenant. The whole success of letting depends on finding the right tenant. If an applicant wishes to proceed with a tenancy, then BrightWaters next step is to access their suitability.

References are taken to check that each Tenant is creditworthy, by for example checking for CCJ's and arrears and obtaining employer and landlord references. Once references have been received, BrightWater will be in a position to advice on the next possible suitability given the level of checking in date.

All necessary legal paperwork, including the preparation of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement and an Inventory for the Tenant to sign, will be done, and the necessary Rent Deposits (and managing same with the Deposit Protection Scheme) and any other fees collected from the Tenant before the tenancy commences.