Redstones Buyers

How to find the perfect tenant

Every landlord’s dream is to find the perfect tenant, who pays on time and maintains the property. If you’re currently in the process of looking for new tenants, here how to ensure you find the best!

Advertise effectively

Ensure that your buy to let property is highly exposed. A reputable lettings agent such as Redstones uses all the latest marketing techniques, such as social media and our ‘Switch Agents’ programme to capture high quality tenants.

Check credit scores

Once you have identified a potential tenant, a credit score is vital to ensure the tenant’s background won’t cause an issue for you. Checking credit scores is a simple method of ensuring your rent will be paid on time. They help you to assess financial stability and proof of regular income.

References

References are essential, as they provide some guarantee of the character of your tenants. References can be from employers or previous landlords and should include at least two references.

Meet your tenants more than once

You always gain a better sense of people the more you meet them! If you are keen on some prospective tenants and have offered them a second viewing, give them plenty of time to walk around and ask questions. Be organised and always make time for viewings, as they are essential to the process of finding a good tenant.

Pick your location carefully

Think carefully about where your buy-to-let property is based. Ideally, good tenants want to be around local amenities such as shops, road links and decent schools.

Maintain your property
Try to visit your property regularly and ensure all maintenance is up to date. If your property is in good condition, it will continue to attract good tenants and will always look smart if last minute viewings are arranged.

Keep expectations high
If your property has been vacant for some time and you’ve not been satisfied with the people who have viewed it, it’s tempting to lower your expectations. However, continuing the search for the best possible tenants will pay off in the long-term.

If you keep these valuable tips in mind, you will soon be rewarded by attracting the perfect tenant.