When you are a new landlord or have just prepared a new property to let managing viewings is straightforward. The property is empty and you know it's in the best condition it can be. It's clean, tidy and ready for a new tenant. And arranging viewings is easy as well. You just schedule them according to your own timetable.
But when there is an existing tenant things change. You do lose some control and it can be difficult to arrange viewings. You have to consult the tenant over the schedule. Neither do you have any control over how tidy or otherwise the property will be. So managing viewings with existing tenants in place can be difficult.
If you turn up for a viewing and the place is a mess it can put off new tenants. Equally the existing tenant could make things difficult during a viewing and even object to the viewing taking place.
As a private landlord looking to let your property you need it to be at its best. But you don’t want to inconvenience your existing tenant. It can be a tricky juggling act. However there’s a few things you can do to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Simply having a good relationship with your tenant can prevent many issues. The value of a good landlord – tenant relationship is something we've talked about many times before. But a good relationship builds trust and ensures your existing tenant will be happy to cooperate when you're scheduling viewings. It also means you're going to get a good report when the new tenant inevitably asks the old for feedback on you as a landlord.
One thing you can't control is how presentable the property will be on viewing day. Most tenants will ensure they clean and tidy before you arrive. After all this is their home. They should have pride in its appearance.
Unfortunately of course there are some people whose sense of pride is rather lacking. You will already know if this is the case with your current tenant. You will have seen for yourself during your inspections.
If you believe the property won't be clean and tidy you have a decision to make. Do you go ahead with the viewing anyway and hope the new tenants can look beyond the clutter? Or do you wait until the current tenant moves out so you can do an end of tenancy clean before scheduling any viewings? The second cause of action will interrupt your cash flow but may be a price worth paying.
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