Our viewing times during the week are from 10am to 5pm.
Give us a call on 0121 366 0456 and we’ll get you booked in!
If you require an evening appointment, we have an evening viewing waiting list; Evening appointments are subject to availability. Saturday appointments are only available during the summer period.
Yes! You can have someone view on your behalf, or we can conduct viewings via video call (FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype).
We also do all of our referencing and contract signing online, so your tenancy can be completely set up while you are still overseas. We will, however, need to see your original passport (and visa if applicable) in person before you can move into a property.
We aim for all applicants to be able to move in within 5 working days of either paying the deposit or of the availability date of the property – whichever is later.
This is subject to you supplying the documents we require for referencing promptly. Delays in providing us with documents can result in a delay to your move-in date.
You pay a deposit before you move into your new home. This gives the landlord security in the event that you fail to pay your rent or damage the property or its contents.
We currently hold 5 weeks rent as a deposit amount. EG. If your rent is £800 pcm, your deposit will be £1200
For an AST tenancy agreement, your deposit will be sent to the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) where it will be held for the duration of your tenancy.
At the end of your tenancy, a check out report will be written up (by an un-bias third party.) This report will be used to determine whether any deductions from your deposit are necessary. You will, of course, have the opportunity to put your case forward if you do not agree with any suggested deductions – there is a dispute resolution service available for this, but we aim to iron out any issues in-house first.
You can read more about the dispute resolution service here.
This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities.
It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process.
The guide must be issued to tenants before the tenancy starts.
Until now, some letting agents have been taking advantage of the system and not only charging extortionate fees to tenants, but also to landlords for the same service. Rest assured, we are not, and never have been, one of those agents.
The tenant fee ban will ban letting agents and landlords from charging tenants for – the creation of a tenancy agreement, reference and background checks, ensuring a tenant has the ‘Right To Rent’, inventory processes, renewal and exit fees.
It will ensure letting agents and landlords only charge fees relating to rent, security deposits, holding deposits, or when a tenant breaches a contract.
As standard, our minimum term is 6 months. However, some of our landlords are agreeable to short term lets at certain times of the year. It is a more bespoke arrangement, so just ask us the question!
Until recently, landlords were able to offset mortgage interest payments against rental income. The tax relief is now being phased out.
It was reduced in 2017 to 75%, and for the 2018-19 tax year the restriction is now 50%.
Over the course of 15 years in business, we have forged a revered reputation for exclusively providing a fully-managed lettings service for quality properties in the city centre of Birmingham.
If you’re looking for full-management for a quality property in Birmingham city centre, we’d love to work with you.
Show us around your property to get the ball rolling – click here to let us know when’s convenient for you.
We start off by advertising your property on all major portals (Rightmove, Zoopla, Prime Location & On The Market)
When we get enquiries through, we thoroughly qualify the applicant to ensure they’re suitable for the property and the move-in date.
We will then schedule them for a viewing.
If the applicant would like to make an offer, we negotiate the best possible rent and term in line with the market demands and submit this to you.
After the offer has been accepted and the applicant has paid their deposit and referencing fees we will begin referencing.
Our referencing is all done in house, as we’re extremely thorough and like to be as hands-on with our properties as possible.
If any red flags crop up, we will discuss this with the landlord, who can decide if it’s an acceptable risk, if there is a compromise to be made or if they’d like to reject the tenant and put the property back on the market.
At the beginning of a tenancy, we provide your new tenant with all of the information they should need to look after their new home. Should the tenant have a question or query, our approachable Account Managers are always on hand to help – this should avoid any damage caused due to misuse.
We offer periodic property visits and formal inspections to all of our landlords. Our property management team visit our properties and check for cleaning issues, any damage or any cause for concern. We take photographs and send them to our landlords along with a report.
Depending on which package you are on, these inspections are either included or £100 + VAT. If you’re not sure which package you’re on or would like to upgrade, please contact your Account Manager.
We also take a security deposit at the start of the tenancy to ensure tenants are charged for any damage.
We are very proud of our low level of arrears; but make no mistake, this isn’t just luck. We work hard to fully qualify and reference our tenants, and we are hot on their heels if they fail to pay their rent on the day its due, with stringent procedures.
Most frequently, a failure to pay rent on time is an oversight and quickly rectified. There may be a more complicated reason, and in this case, we will contact you to discuss this.
As a worst case scenario, depending on the type of tenancy, we can serve 2 months notice to end the tenancy or advise you to seek legal action.
We always hold a deposit of 1.5x months rent which can be used for arrears still due when the tenancy ends.
An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) measures a property’s energy efficiency, calculating both energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.
For a property to be put on the market, it must have a valid EPC, and a copy of the certificate must accompany the advert. A copy also needs to be issued to your tenant before the tenancy begins.
From April 2019 all landlords will also have to ensure that they achieve a minimum of an E rating before they can rent it out. The same will apply for all existing tenancies by April 2020.
HMO stands for ‘House in Multiple Occupation’.
They are a properties rented by three or more tenants who aren’t members of the same family/household but will share a bathroom and kitchen. If your property is rented this way, you will need an HMO license.
FleetMilne does not deal with properties that need HMO licenses.
We will always endeavour to achieve the best possible rents for you, making the most of your asset.
We advise that you put some money aside each month so that you can regularly invest in furniture, fixtures and fittings. By doing this you will maintain a high-quality finish- thus achieving best rents and minimum voids.
Here at FleetMilne we keep abreast of industry regulations and compliance by monitoring industry news on a daily basis.
We plan well in advance of new legislation. We put new processes in place ahead of new legislation coming in to force, so that our team are prepared for changes well before they happen.
There are a few:
Keep an eye on our blog for a more in-depth explanation of these changes.
The first step here is to do some independent research. Identify which areas you’re interested in and make a list of specific requirements. You should know your maximum budget having already established affordability, and you should be in possession of your Mortgage in Principle confirmation. By doing this, you’re positioning yourself as an able and motivated buyer. Secondly – make an appointment to speak to an Estate Agent. It’s important that you know what questions to ask. This may include “do you have a track record of rental income for this type of property?” so you can establish the performance, and “What is the tenant demand like in this area and what are the average void periods”?
Freehold: Someone who owns the freehold of a property owns the property itself and also the land it’s on. A freeholder will also ‘own’ and have rights to the ‘airspace’ above the property up to around 500 feet.
Leasehold: A leaseholder owns the property, but not the actual land on which it is built – that is owned by the freeholder. Ownership of the property is also for a set period, which can be a number of years, depending on the length of the lease. If the lease expires, ownership of your property technically passes to the freeholder, however, there are options to extend the lease.
Most flats are sold as leasehold properties with the freehold held by the builder or a company they have sold the freehold to. However, this isn’t always the case. Some flats are sold on the basis that the owner shares the freehold with others in the same building, which is known as ‘share of freehold’.
Many landlords opt to get their property professionally managed by a Letting Agent. This way, you mitigate all risk and can ensure nothing is missed. If you’re considering managing the property yourself, ensure you thoroughly research your liabilities as the property owner. Landlord responsibilities and legislation are ever growing, and it’s crucial you stay on top of this. Managing a property can be time consuming, so also consider if you have the time to effectively manage the property and tenancy. FleetMilne are market leaders in Birmingham; please ask us about how we can make the entire process simple and painless.
Birmingham city centre is predominantly a fully furnished market. At present, over 90% of tenants are seeking good quality furnished properties, meaning if done correctly, your property will achieve a higher rent and lower void period if it’s furnished. Speak to FleetMilne for guidance and appropriate recommendations. Ultimately, it’s in your interest to ensure the property is presented at its best in order to achieve best rental prices, and swiftly.