Landlords Fees & Charges

OUR FEES FOR LANDLORDS

When choosing Leggett & James to market your rental property there are a number of options available to you.

FULLY MANAGED SERVICE

We offer a special discounted rate for New Landlords of 5% plus vat for the first half of the tenancy agreement (rising to 9% plus vat thereafter)

There is a charge of 50% plus vat of the first months rent for conducting the viewings, marketing the property and finding the tenant.

We can no longer charge fees to the tenants so there is an additional charge of £350 for the preperation of the tenancy.  This fee includes referencing the prospective tenants, preparing the inventory, providing the tenancy agreement and registering the deposit. We will also provide the check in of tenants, periodic visits every quarter and the check out at the end of the tenancy.

LET ONLY SERVICE

There is a charge of 75% plus vat of the first months rent for conducting the viewings, marketing the property and finding the tenant.

We can no longer charge fees to the tenants so there is an additional charge of £350 for the preperation of the tenancy.  This fee includes referencing the prospective tenants, preparing the inventory, providing the tenancy agreement and registering the deposit.

Additionally we can provide a check in service at an additional cost.

Details of Other Services Provided on a one off basis

RENT COLLECTION

As an optional extra to our Let Only Service, you can add our Rent Collection Service. The mandatory fees charged for this are an additional 5% plus VAT per month.

INVENTORY PREPARATION

It is important to have a thorough inventory enabling both parties (landlord and tenant) to be treated fairly. The inventory documentation serves a number of vital functions – including providing a catalogue of the let property, an unbiased record of its condition and any items included in the tenancy. It forms part of the legally binding contract that is set out in the tenancy agreement between the tenant and the landlord. The cost of the inventory varies dependent on the number of bedrooms in the property and whether or not the property is furnished or unfurnished. Fees start from £90.00 plus VAT.

No. of bedrooms Un-furnished Furnished
1 £90 plus VAT £110 plus VAT
2 £110 plus VAT £140 plus VAT
3 £140 plus VAT £160 plus VAT
4+ By Agreement By Agreement

THE TENANCY DEPOSIT SCHEME

This Government run scheme ensures that landlords, tenants and agents are protected should a dispute arise over deposits. Since 2006 it has been illegal for a private landlord or non-regulated agent to hold deposits. Deposits require registering whether they are for Managed Lets or Let only and the charge for this is £30.00 plus VAT.

CHECK OUT FEE

If it is time for your tenant to leave your property we will conduct the check out for you for a fee of £30.00 plus VAT. This fee covers agreeing with the tenant(s) a check out date and arranging an appointment; negotiating with both parties any disbursement of the dilapidations deposit, returning the deposit as agreed and unprotect the security deposit. Should there be any dispute over the return of the deposit we would liaise with the Deposit Scheme for final adjudication and then obtain quotes, instruct contractors and organise repairs/replacement of any broken or missing items.

ARRANGEMENT FEE FOR WORKS

No charge to the Landlords. Leggett & James reserves the right to make a commission charge to any contractor instructed on behalf of the landlord of up to 10% plus VAT of the net cost of the work.

ADDITIONAL PROPERTY VISITS

If a visit (over and above the quarterly visits included in the monthly fee) is required – for example at the specific request of the landlord, or to resolve a neighbour dispute – a fee of £30.00 plus VAT is charged.

TENANCY RENEWAL FEE

If both parties agree that the tenant can stay for another term a new contract will be drawn up. The Landlord will pay £75.00 plus VAT, this cost covers the contract negotiation, amending and updating the terms and arranging a further tenancy agreement.

COURT ATTENDANCE

In the unfortunate event where Leggett & James might need to represent you in court – for example, if a tenant requires eviction, then a charge of £120.00 plus VAT per hour will apply.

RENT REVIEW

Should you wish to review the rent being charged for your property, in accordance with the current prevailing market conditions; then a fee of £30.00 plus VAT covers negotiating the rent change (if applicable) with the tenant and serving them the appropriate legal notice (a Section 13 Notice) if the tenancy is on a rolling monthly basis; then updating the tenancy agreement.

NOTICE REQUIRING VACANT POSSESSION

Should a landlord require vacant possession of a property, Leggett & James serves the required documentation to the tenant (a Section 21 Notice requiring vacant possession). The fee for preparing and serving this notice in the required timeframe is £30.00 plus VAT.

ADDITIONAL NOTES OF IMPORTANCE TO LANDLORDS

If you have a mortgage you must obtain written confirmation from your Mortgage lender that they are happy for you to let your property. Also, you must inform your Insurance Company. If you do not then your policy may be rendered invalid

Please also refer to the conditions and information set out on the back of our Terms and Conditions for letting residential property, available on request.

Our management of the property will start on the tenancy commencement date. Should a property owner find his property void during the winter months all necessary steps should be taken to ensure that the property is safeguarded against any frost damage and advise his/her Insurance Company of the position. If the property remains empty once a tenant moves out and we are to continue to manage the property for you during this period, our monthly management fee will be charged at 50% of the previous monthly figure and will remain so until a new tenant is placed.

During the tenancy, the tenant is responsible for all service charges including the Council Tax however the Landlord will remain responsible for the insurance of the building, the insurance of the carpets and general maintenance and repair with the exception of the garden which would be the tenant’s responsibility.

Deposits are held in Leggett & James’s client account at Barclays Bank Worcester throughout the period of the tenancy under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

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