There is a lot more to letting a property in Jersey than previously used to be the case and a lot of things to consider when letting a house or apartment in Jersey. One of our roles is to act as a Letting agent and managing agent for landlords.
The Residential Tenancy (Jersey) Law 2011 conferred a more regulated Landlord and Tenant regime. This has been followed up with the Public Health and Safety (Rented Dwellings – Minimum Standards and Prescribed Hazards) (Jersey) Order 2018.
We are able to provide a range of services to our Landlord clients. We are able to manage the letting process from the start to the finish.
With each letting property, we follow the same process for taking on, which also involves, as it must these days, a risk assessment of the property concerned. The aim of the risk assessment is to cover various factors which need to be considered by a Landlord, some being as follows:
- Install smoke alarm on each storey of rented property,
- Install and maintain, a carbon monoxide alarm in any habitable room of a rented property with a gas, wood, oil, coal or similar heater/burner.
- Where the property has a gas supply (be it mains or bottled), whether in service or not, an annual gas safety inspection and a copy of this inspection must be provided to the tenant. The landlord must retain the inspection report for, generally, at least 2 years.
- Commission a professional electrical safety inspection before any renewed or new tenancy or within 5 years of the last inspection (whichever is sooner) and again a copy of this inspection must be provided to the tenant and the landlord must retain the inspection report for, generally, at least 5 years.
- Whether there is anything at the property that should be considered a risk such as a step height, staircases, and maintenance issues that should be dealt with prior to the letting.
We can also help Landlords with the advertising of your property as well as the management of your tenancy agreement.
We also have to remember that the property being let is home to the new tenant. We respect the rights of the tenant to peaceful occupancy whilst continuing with our serviceto the landlord which include a six monthly check of the property or such other check as the landlord has stipulated in the lease