Tenant Guidance

Why Rent Through Us

We can offer a professional and helpful service to help find the right home for you. Please find below some useful information that will guide you through the process of renting with us.

Application

Once settled on a particular property you wish to rent, we will ask you to complete a written application form. The planned commencement date shall also be determined.

Administration / Agency Fees

Please see Tenant Fees page.

Holding Fee

In order to take the property off the market until the planned tenancy commencement date, a holding fee is required. The holding fee secures the Landlord against all reasonable costs incurred should you withdraw from the agreement or fail to take up the tenancy within the agreed timescales. This is payable once referencing has been satisfactorily completed and is returned to you in full to form part of your deposit once contracts have been signed. 

Referencing

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 and previous Landlord and someone to give you a character reference. We will also carry out a credit search, using an independent referencing company.

Should we decide a guarantor is required before a tenancy can be granted; the same process of referencing will apply to the guarantor.

Restrictions

Some landlords may wish to apply certain restrictions to a tenancy. Please find below some examples of typical restrictions that may be imposed:

  • Smokers
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pets

You should be advised of any restrictions before an agreed viewing of a property takes place.

Self Employed Applicants

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.

Tenancy Deposit Scheme

At the start of every tenancy we collect a deposit normally equal to 1.5 month’s rent. This is used in the event of breakage or damage caused.

In accordance with the Housing Act 2004, Landlords must select either an insured based or custodial based scheme in which to hold a Tenant’s deposit. A statutory certificate is then supplied to the Tenant advising on which approved scheme protects the deposit. This must be done within 14 days of the tenancy start date. Please speak to one of our representatives for further information.

What Happens if there is a Dispute at the End of a Tenancy

In the event of a dispute, both parties will have a certain time-frame to resolve the matter (defined in the tenancy deposit protection scheme). If no resolution has been reached, they will be invited to make use of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process that is provided free with their chosen deposit scheme. Should the parties opt for Alternative Dispute Resolution they will be bound by its decision with no redress to the courts.

When Can I Check In

As soon as we receive satisfactory replies to our reference enquiries, we shall contact you to agree a time to move in on the planned commencement date.

Please speak to one of our representatives who will instruct you further.

Tenant Insurance

When renting a property it is very important to make sure you are covered by insurance for any damages that may occur. The landlords own insurance will not cover the tenant’s belongings. It will also exclude cover for if a tenant accidentally damages the Landlords property and therefore it could result in the loss of your deposit to cover the repairs.

Rent

Rents are paid in advance and by standing order unless otherwise agreed by the Landlord / Agent.