It’s important to give tenants as much information as possible before they move in, including key facts about the tenancy, the property and their responsibilities. A face-to-face meeting and welcome pack for them to take away with them can be an ideal way to give tenants as much information as possible before they move in. This information could include key facts about the tenancy, the property and their responsibilities.
“Before a tenancy begins it’s a good idea to arrange to sit down with the tenant for 15 minutes or so, and go through everything with them,” says CEO of Belvoir Lettings Dorian Gonsalves. “Go through the most important parts of the tenancy agreement and what they should be aware of, such as the procedure of serving notice. You should tell them what you are going to do in terms of the utilities and transferring everything for them. Tell them about how often you will do a property visit, too, and what the purpose of that is, plus explain who to contact if there’s a problem.
“Use this meeting to impart as much information as possible in order to ensure your tenant is comfortable moving into their new home,” he continues. “It will give them confidence in the property – and you as a landlord – if they know that they’ve got all the facts and that everything has been dealt with in a professional way.”
The contents of a ‘welcome pack’ can differ from landlord to landlord and agent to agent, but it is likely to contain key information about the property, plus copies of important documentation.
“A ‘welcome pack’, often known as a ‘move in’ pack, usually contains copies of all the relevant documents and can reinforce what you’ve spoken about during your pre-move in meeting,” says Dorian.
“The pack can include things such as a copy of the tenancy agreement, a copy of the standing order mandate that has been set up, a copy of all the deposit protection information, the inventory, the EPC, plus copies of the gas and electrical safety certificates.
“It could also include a key receipt – a photocopy of the keys which the tenant is asked to sign and date. This is really useful because at the end of the tenancy they can refer to it and know what they’re supposed to bring back.
“There is certainly more than one approach to putting together a ‘move in’ pack, but the more information you can provide, the better. Some people, for instance, may even include facts about the local area, maps and other nice little touches.”
So, why is a ‘move in’ pack so important?
“The importance of giving tenants all this information is that it is useful for tenants to have copies of the same documentation that the landlord or agent has the originals for,” says Dorian.
“This means that the information is readily available if they would like to refer to it during the tenancy. If they need to refer to their tenancy agreement, for example, they can easily flick through the pack and check it.
“Also it’s important that a tenant knows that the property is safe and has a valid gas certificate and an energy performance certificate, which is a legal requirement. There are a lot of legalities involved in letting a property – it has to be done in a professional manner and it’s useful for tenants to have copies of anything that could affect them.”
As well as being extremely useful for tenants, ‘move in’ packs can have big benefits for landlords and agents too…
“By providing a ‘move in’ pack for tenants, it means that you will be less likely to be faced with questions throughout the tenancy – the pack will ensure much of the information will be easily accessible and at the tenants’ fingertips,” says Dorian.
The welcome pack could contain the following…
√ Maps of the area
√ Address of the property
√ A copy of the tenancy agreement
√ A copy of the standing order mandate that has been set up
√ A copy of all the deposit protection information
√ The EPC
√ The inventory
√ Utility supplier information
√ Utility readings
√ Copies of the gas and electrical safety certificates
√ Key receipt
√ Details of vital contacts
√ List of emergency phone numbers
√ Information about the local area