Renting a home can be complicated, sometimes even frustrating, particularly if you are unsure of the process. To help make the experience as straightforward as possible for you, we have outlined the key stages.
To find your ideal property, we need to know as much as possible about your requirements. This includes your rental budget and the date by which you need to move, etc. You can let us know all about your requirements by registering online, by phone or by visiting us where a member of staff can assist you with your search. We will access all properties that match your criteria and should we not be able to find you a suitable property initially we can send you details of all new properties coming onto the market via email.
Viewings can be conducted 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 5pm on Saturdays.
After the viewing we need to know if you have any questions or if you are interested in renting the property. So please allow time to discuss your thoughts with us.
Please be on time for viewings and we will arrange to meet you at the property.
If the property is suitable for you don't delay your offer as the property may be let to someone else the same day. When you make an offer you'll need to pay us an administration fee to cover our tenant referencing costs and that will act as holding deposit. The holding deposit will be returned to you should the landlord withdraw from negotiations but if you withdraw the holding deposit will not be refunded.
Firstly you will need to go through our referencing process. We normally use a referencing agency and you simply have to complete a form giving your details such as your addresses for the past 3 years, employment details etc. If you require a guarantor, they need to be someone who is earning at least 3 times the rent and will have the same responsibilities as the Tenant. The referencing process is usually completed within 2 days.
On commencement of the let the following will be required in cleared funds
Please be advised that tenants are liable for all utility bills during the term of their contract, which will include - Gas / Electric / Water / Council Tax.
When do I need to start looking for a property?
You should start looking about 2 to 4 weeks before you need to move. If you start looking too early, you are likely to see a property that is available before you are.
How much rent should I be looking to pay?
We would advise that your earnings are at least two and a half times the rent and referencing agencies insist on this or require a guarantor.
What sort of Agreement will I have?
We will give you an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement. This will usually be for a minimum of six months.
What do I do about utility bills etc?
We will inform all the utility companies (Council Tax, Water, Gas and Electricity) of the date that you moved in and the meter readings where appropriate. The utility companies will then contact you directly. You will need to arrange telephone accounts, TV licence and any other services that you might require (like broadband or digital TV).
Should I take out contents insurance?
You will be required to have insurance for your own personal belonging and cover for possible damage you may cause to the property or its contents - this effectively protects your damage deposit. We will be able to provide you with details of companies who specialise in providing cover for Tenants.
To register your details either you can call us on 01590 624814 or complete registration form and we will contact you.