FINDING A PROPERTY
Our personnel are specially trained and equipped to assist Tenants to find properties to rent that will meet their needs. We maintain a database of properties available to rent. As properties become available, our first action is to contact waiting Tenants on the database, who’s requirements match the property. Typically, properties to rent become available about two months before occupancy date, so where possible it is advisable to start looking early.
Having identified a potentially suitable property, we will arrange a viewing. This will be at a time to suit you, and could be at evenings or week-ends, subject of course to the Landlords permission. All viewings will be accompanied by a member of staff, who will be able to provide immediate advice and answer any questions you may have.
OFFER / APPLICATION
Having decided on a property, you will need to complete a written application form. At this time any details or requirements can be provisionally agreed, such as occupancy date, duration of the letting, etc.
On application, a Reservation Deposit of £100 will be required. Assuming the rental proceeds, this will be deducted from the deposit due before occupatio. If we or the Landlord decline your application it will be refunded. It will however not be refunded if you decide not to proceed for any reason, or if the tenancy fails to proceed due to incomplete or inaccurate information provided in the tenancy application.
We will take references on behalf of the Landlord. Normally these will include your employer, any former landlord. In addition a credit check will be undertaken.
Affordability will be assessed on 2.5 x the monthly rent ie Rent £1,000 x 2.5 = £30,000 income required
Where a Tenant is unable to meet the required income or credit checks, the Tenant may have a Guarantor agree to underwrite any rent liabilities. Your guarantor will also be referenced and will need to have an income of 3 x monthly rent ie Rent 1,000 x 3 = £36, 000
Rents are normally quoted on a calendar month basis. In addition, the Tenant is usually responsible for Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity, Telephone and broadband costs.
Rents are payable by standing order (unless alternative arrangements are agreed in advance) to our Company bank client account monthly in advance, with the first month’s rent due before taking occupation of the premises.
A deposit is required prior to occupation. This is normally equal to one month’s rent, + £100 but may be more. Check with our representative. Where we are managing the property, this will be protected by the DPS custodial deposit protection scheme. Where we are not managing the property it will be passed over to the Landlord who will protect it with a tenancy deposit scheme.
The deposit is held to cover any breakages, damage, or other tenant liabilities. Where we are managing, at the end of the tenancy we will check the property in the presence of the Tenant and assess any damages and deductions due.