Knight Bishop has a professional approach to marketing, making full use of leadings property portals such as Rightmove.co.uk, primelocation.com and zoopla.co.uk, amongst many others as well as our impressive web site www.knightbishop.co.uk. We are also committed to advertising in various local newspapers and through our board presence.
All tenants viewing properties will always be accompanied by a member of our staff to ensure the security of your property. This also forms part of the tenant assessment that we make on behalf of Landlords.
Wherever possible we will listen to your particular tenancy requirements with regard to their suitability for your property and this is not just down to your instructions towards smokers and pets for example. We can not discriminate against tenant applications, but we do use various criteria towards affordability that is followed to lessen the risk of individuals or companies over committing themselves.
Tenants will normally be expected to be in full time employment or have a guaranteed income. They will be required to complete a tenancy application form and from this we will commence the reference process by contacting their employer, bank and previous landlord where appropriate. References are processed through Homelet or Tenant verify who are the largest and most technically advanced tenant referencing houses in the UK. Fraud scoring and credit scoring systems are also used to consolidate tenant applications.
We use various types of tenancy agreements according to who is applying for a tenancy. For most individuals we use our own "Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement", inclusive of a statutory Ground 1 and Ground 2 Notice. Under the provisions of the 1988 Housing Act as amended by the 1996 Housing Act to ensure your rights are fully protected.
A detailed schedule of condition and inventory of your property will be prepared prior to the letting and a copy will be forwarded to you, if required, for your records.
A formal hand-over/hand-back will take place at the beginning and end of each tenancy. Any dilapidation identified will be charged against the outgoing tenants' deposit under the terms and conditions of the DPS.
From receipt of rent on the rent due date we transfer rental income using the Bankers Automated Clearing System (BACS) direct to your account, credited as cleared funds within 6 bank working days of the rent day.
Your property can be inspected at 3 monthly intervals to ensure that it is being properly looked after by your tenants. A report will be prepared and forwarded to you together with comments and recommendations concerning any remedial action that may be required to be organised either by us or yourself .
We will discuss any repairs that may need to be carried out, in addition we will forward to you estimates for major works, or for insurance claims, We will ensure that all repairs are satisfactory carried out and completed before authorising payment on your behalf.
We will issue, on your instructions, the appropriate "Notice of Possession" in order to protect your legal rights at the end of the tenancy. On your return to the property, we will ensure that the utilities are connected and that the property is prepared for your occupation . If necessary, we can also care take your property during your absence for which a small additional charge will be made