As a lifelong resident of Staines-upon-Thames, I love to work within the local area and to play an important role within the community, assisting landlords in looking after their properties and ensuring they are looked after and occupied by excellent tenants.
I love that I have a great degree of control and freedom within my job. I work full-time on a flexible schedule, both in and out-of-office, and my boss trusts me to produce high-quality work and results. I work hard to maintain that level of trust, which keeps me engaged and excited, this truly creates a family environment where everybody is there for each other.
Seeing a person’s eyes light up and watching them imagine themselves moving in is a very heart-warming feeling. I never get tired of that.
I believe the fundamentals to doing this job well, and being successful, are working hard and providing a higher standard of customer service over any competition within the area.
I get great satisfaction from finding the right tenant for the right property and delivering the highest levels of service for both our landlords and tenants.
I enjoy making people laugh and am always there to help when I can. I like building and maintaining long lasting relationships.
Whether you are a residential property owner letting your property, a buy-to-let investor looking to maximise your returns or a professional ‘portfolio landlord’, the Oasis Lettings team specialises in finding you the highest quality corporate and residential tenants.
Headed up by Lettings Director Matthew Cefai, most of the team either have been – or still are – landlords themselves. So our internal rule of thumb when pre-qualifying prospective tenants is ‘would I want to let my own property to them?’. And if the answer is ‘no’, you won’t be seeing them.
But if the answer is ‘yes’, you can be equally sure that they will be fully referenced and checked, and that they will always be accompanied by an Oasis team member when they come for a viewing.
The Lettings Team are experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. They are happy to offer guidance and advice to new landlords and to those who are experienced but who may need some local knowledge. That depth of expertise is also the reason why we can confidently give you realistic valuations for the per-calendar-month (pcm) rental figures you’re likely to achieve in the areas we cover. From the moment you step into the private meeting room in our prestigious landmark office in Staines-upon-Thames, you can be assured of the best service, the most transparent costs and absolute confidentiality.
If you want to be hands-on involved in the day-to-day management of your property, Oasis offers both a ‘Letting Only Service’ and a ‘Rent Collection Service’ designed to match you with tenants and additionally to ensure that your rental income is received. However, the majority of our landlords opt for our ‘Premium Managed’ or ‘Fully Managed’ service. And of course, we also offer a professional independent inventory service and rent protection insurance.
Whether you are a residential property owner renting out a second property, a buy-to-let investor looking to maximize your returns or a professional ‘portfolio landlord’, OASiS offer four levels of Residential Lettings and Property Management Services, each of which is tailored to your situation and to the level of involvement you wish to have in the management of your property.
They, like us, are passionate about client service and believe that the best way to support you and deliver real value for money is through their teams of friendly and experienced staff.
As a local business, they specialise in understanding the individual needs of their clients, a factor often missed when dealing with a national or internet-based organisation, and one particularly pertinent to our riverside location.
As well as arranging new cover, they are happy to review the cover you already have in place to make sure youR current policy is suitable for your needs.
Click here for more information or please let us know and we will arrange for a member of their team to contact you for a quote with preferential rates.
Please note, if you decide to benefit from the preferential rates you will receive for being referred by OASiS, OASiS will receive a referral fee.
Under the 1988 Fire Regulations Act, it became law from March 1993 onwards that any property let furnished must comply with that Act. Therefore, any furnishings (except pre-1950s) left with a property must comply with BSI standards. Failure to comply with these regulations now carries a heavy penalty of £5,000 or a six-month prison sentence if not adhered to.
There is obviously a financial limit that landlords will wish to go to when furnishing a property. We, therefore, recommend that items of specific, intrinsic or sentimental value are not left within the property. To the same extent, expensive china or glassware is not considered suitable and certain electrical items we recommend are not to be left due to their costly repair liability. These include: Food Mixers, Televisions, Computers, DVD Players, Hi-Fi Equipment, etc.
It became Law in October 1994 for all gas appliances within a property to be serviced and safety checked at least once every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. The revised gas regulations also stipulate that a certificate must be available for the tenants’ inspection, proving that the services have been carried out. We can arrange for such services to be carried out by our recommended registered engineers or a Landlords choice of registered engineer.
In order to comply with various legislation, including the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and Consumer Protection Law, landlords are required to ensure that electrical installations and appliances are safe. Oasis can organise this certification for you.
From the 1st October 2008, an EPC must be available to prospective new tenants. They are valid for 10 years. Your property cannot be advertised without one. OASiS can organise this assessment for you.
In order to comply with the Health and Safety Executive’s Code of Practice, landlords should carry out a risk assessment on hot and cold water systems at their property to determine the risk of Legionella, especially if there are open water tanks, cooling systems or a swimming pool. Works may need to be done to make the property safe for habitation.
It is usual for the following parameters to apply to the above question if the mortgage company is to agree:
It is necessary to prepare accounts each year on all properties let, whether they are furnished or unfurnished. Your accounts should be presented to the Inland Revenue indicating what taxation liability might arise. Tax Liability is assessed on the tax year running from 5th – 4th April. You are able to claim many allowances when letting your property that can be deducted from your profit.
Such allowances included letting agents fees, solicitors fees, accountant fees, maintenance and repair work carried out during the letting or wear and tear allowance, leasehold, ground rent and service agreements on central heating and other appliances. Mortgage interest can also be offset.
The responsibility of payment of tax depends on whether or not the Landlord lives in the UK or abroad. If the Landlord lives in the UK then the Inland Revenue will assess the Landlord for the appropriate tax. If the Landlord is abroad then the letting agent will be assessed for tax and will be responsible for paying it on the Landlords behalf. This is done on a quarterly basis direct to the Inland Revenue at the current rate of tax of the net rental.
Since the introduction of self-assessment, it is now possible for Landlords to apply for an exemption certificate by completing a “Non- Resident Landlord Form” allowing the agent to continue paying the rental without deduction of tax.
As a rule of thumb, The Landlord is responsible for exterior and interior maintenance. The Tenant has a responsibility to show a duty of care to the property and contents. As part of our property management services, we arrange periodic inspections of your property to ensure that the tenants are fulfilling this obligation. These include less formal inspections at six weeks from commencement to get a feel for how the tenants are getting on and advise them of any concerns we may have early in the tenancy. We also return for a further visit before termination of tenancy to advise on any issues which may require addressing to avoid any deposit disputes.
The Tenant will be responsible for the council tax, gas, water, electric and telephone accounts. The Landlord will remain responsible for buildings and contents insurance and any other outgoings such as service charges, ground rent etc.
Insurers must be notified of the letting of your property so that the policy on the structure and contents may be endorsed. Insurance will be invalid if insurers are not correctly informed. OASiS also advises that insurance specific to contents cover is arranged to protect against possible damage by Tenants. OASiS cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to the contents while the property is let. We are pleased to be able to offer a full range of specialist tailor-made insurance for Landlords at competitive rates, including policies that protect against rent default.
OASiS currently offers four levels of Lettings service: –
For a full breakdown of the various service levels please visit our Landlord Services page for a more in-depth explanation.
Matt Cefai, Lettings Director
Dedicated, Hard Working & Professional
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