Harvey Scott is simply the name you can trust with your home and your property business.
We believe a quality letting agent should be able to provide a personalised service with a package tailored to each landlord.
We offer four main services; Premium Managed, Standard Managed, Rent Collection and Let Only. These services include the following:
Compare our services below for a quick guide to the features you’ll receive working with us:
|Benefits||Premium Managed||Standard Managed||Rent Collection||Let Only|
|Viewings and referencing of tenants|
|Prepare tenancy agreements|
|Hold deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme|
|Routine property visits|
|Rent collection & debt control|
|Legal cost protection|
|Monthly accounts statements|
|Tenant check-out service|
TRUST THE EXPERTS
Agents do not currently have to be qualified, anyone can set up a lettings agency but only an ARLA Propertymark agent offers true protection and piece of mind. All agents who belong to ARLA Propertymark are required to operate in a transparent way, providing services which are subject to independent scrutiny.
Using a Propertymark Protected Agent provides guarantees;
- Your income is backed by Propertymark Client Money Protection insurance
- Our client accounts are independently scrutinised regularly
- We must have agents who hold a property management and lettings qualification to at least Level 3 (A-Level standard)
- We are supported with regular continuing professional development and refresher training
- We are members of a government approved independent redress scheme: The Property Ombudsman
- We must comply with a nationally recognised Code of Practice issues by The Property Ombudsman
- We must hold appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance
- We are registered with HM Customs and Revenue for anti-money laundering
NEED TO KNOW
Here is some important information you will need to know when renting your property
RIGHT TO RENT
From February 1st 2016 landlords and agents across England have been required to establish the right to rent of all the occupiers over 18 in their properties when they start a new tenancy agreement. The occupier needs to bring original versions of the necessary documents to prove their right to rent. This is usually a passport and VISA (if applicable). It is also a legal requirement for landlords to carry out a follow up check to confirm that VISAs have been renewed, should the tenant no longer have the right to rent in the UK the landlord is under legal obligation to inform the Home Office. Harvey Scott will carry out this check at the commencement of the tenancy but please be aware that if you manage the property you will need to confirm validation of the VISA throughout the tenancy
HOW TO RENT GUIDE
If a landlord enters into a new tenancy or renews a tenancy from October 1st 2015 onwards, they need to comply with the prescribed information requirements for the new statutory notice forms. As part of this landlords must provide an up to date version of the How to rent: A checklist for renting in England at the outset of the original tenancy. Landlords are also required to provide a new copy at the outset of any subsequent tenancy, including statutory periodic tenancies, but only if there has been an update to the booklet. Failure to do so would invalidate any statutory notice. Harvey Scott will provide the How to Rent Guide to all new tenants and renewals if we have been asked to carry this out on your behalf.
GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATES
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, it is the Landlords responsibility to get a Gas Safety Certificate every twelve months. This must be obtained from a Gas Safe Registered engineer for all pipe work, gas appliances and flues installed at your property. Harvey Scott can arrange this to be carried out on behalf of the landlords if required.
There aren’t currently any legal requirements for electrical testing; just that the landlord ensures all electrical installations (e.g sockets and light fittings) and appliances in the property are in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. Harvey Scott does however highly recommend that landlords carry out appliance testing on an annual basis and installation testing on a 5 yearly basis. Landlords should take into consideration that this may change in the near future.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE (EPC) &
MINIMUM ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARD (MEES)
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are a legal requirement whenever a property is built, sold or rented. This must therefore be provided when marketing a property to sell or rent. An EPC contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (being most efficient) to G (being least efficient) and is valid for 10 years as a rental property. Please be aware that The Energy Act 2011 commits the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to bring into force on 1st April 2018 regulations making it unlawful to market and let properties in England and Wales which do not meet a prescribed minimum energy performance standard (no lower than an E). From 1st April 2020 every property must be an E or better even if your tenant has been living in the property before 1st April 2018. More information on MEES is available in our fact sheet.
FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS REGULATIONS
Furniture and Furnishings supplied by the landlord or a managing agent must comply with the Fire Safety Regulations for furnishings and furniture. The furniture and furnishings fire safety regulations must be maintained so as to meet the relevant requirements regarding ignition and fire safety. This is intended to ensure proper fire resistance. Landlord fire safety is enforced is by local training standards. These are also requirements imposed in relation to furniture in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Furnishings and upholstered furniture supplied by landlords must meet fire resistance requirements. These set levels of fire resistance to domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products which contain upholstery. The relevant regulations are contained in the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended by Regulations made in 1989 and 1993. These Regulations are made under consumer protection legislation under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA 87)
SMOKE ALARM AND CO2
Following the introduction of The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 it is now compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes, as well as offering protection against carbon monoxide poisoning. There must be at least one smoke alarm fitted on each floor of the property and a carbon monoxide alarm must be fitted in any rooms containing a solid fuel appliance (such as a wood burning stove). It is also the Landlords responsibility to check that the smoke alarms are in working order when the tenancy starts with a potential penalty of up to £5,000 should they fail to comply. As part of our inventory Harvey Scott will carry out these tests on your behalf.
LEGIONELLA RISK ASSESSMENT
Landlords of residential accommodation have responsibilities for combating Legionnaires' Disease. Health and safety legislation requires that landlords carry out risk assessments for the Legionella bacteria which cause Legionnaires' Disease and thereafter maintain control measures to minimise the risk. Most rented premises will be low risk but it is important that risk assessments are carried out and control measures introduced. Harvey Scott work with an assessor who can carry out the risk assessment on your behalf.