We have a great selection of properties available but even if we don’t have what you are looking for, it is still worth you contacting us so we can keep an eye out for your ideal home before it’s even marketed.
The Property Renting Process
Before we show you a property, we need to determine your suitability as some properties have restrictions imposed.
Application to Rent
You have found the property that you wish to rent, the next stage is to complete an application form.
At the point that you submit your application, a fee is payable to cover the administration/referencing costs, including the preparation of the tenancy documentation and the cost of credit references.
- The cost per applicant – £150
- The cost of Guarantors are each charged – £100
In respect to Company Lets the fee required by us for the preparation of all legal documentation and taking up references will be £350, payable at point of application.
Please note that in the event of your application being withdrawn or references are rejected, no refund will be given.
As part of the application, we will endeavour (with your permission) to obtain written references to support the information you provide. This will usually mean contacting your employer, current or previous landlord and someone to give you a character reference. We will also carry out a credit search, using an independent referencing company.
Additionally, to support your application we will require supporting documentation such as a passport, NI card, utility bill and/or bank statement.
Should we decide a guarantor is required before a tenancy can be granted, the same process of referencing will apply to the guarantor.
If you are self-employed, we will require a written reference from your bank and accountant. We will also require accounts, usually dating back 3 years.
Some landlords may wish to apply certain restrictions to a tenancy. Some restrictions can be lifted with a landlord’s written consent and an additional deposit may be required. Some instances of restrictions that may be imposed:
- Housing Benefit
You should be advised of any restrictions before an agreed viewing of a property takes place.
References Completed, What’s next?
Once a reference is completed, a date can be determined for move in. In this time, an inventory of the property is completed and a tenancy agreement is prepared. Unless otherwise stated, the minimum length of tenancy is six months.
On the day of the move you will be invited into the office to sign your tenancy agreement, pay your one month’s rent, a deposit and collect your keys.
A deposit is taken and held for the duration of the tenancy and refunded following vacation, subject to any dilapidation charges. The value of the deposit is typically 1.5 times the monthly rental amount unless otherwise agreed.
All Letting Agents and landlords that take a deposit are required to protect it in a government-authorised deposit protection scheme. The law states that the deposit must be protected within 30 days of receiving it. You will be given full details of this scheme during the move in.
Rent is payable on a monthly basis in advance by standing order on the first day of the month.
We request that you have comprehensive insurance to cover your Contents and Accidental Damage to cover your landlord’s contents, fixtures and fittings for which you are responsible. We are able to help source insurance for you should you require this.
Call us now on 01604 644449 to register your details on our database.