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Finding a Home

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 and of prospective Tenants and their requirements. 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.

Viewings

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 will be required, assuming the rental proceeds, this will be deducted from the fees due before occupation. 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.

References

We will take references on behalf of the Landlord. Normally these will include your employer, any former landlord and a character reference. In addition a credit check will be undertaken. 

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. Referencing fees are £299 +VAT (non- returnable should the tenancy not proceed due to unsatisfactory reference checks or the tenant withdrawing)

Rent

Rents are normally quoted on a calendar month basis. In addition, the Tenant is usually responsible for Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity and Telephone costs.

Rents are payable by standing order to our Company bank account monthly in advance, with the first month’s rent due before taking occupation of the premises.

Deposit

A 6 week deposit is required prior to occupation. Check with our representative, where we are managing the property, the deposit will be forwarded to the government authorised custodial body. Where we are not managing the property any tenancy deposit which is required will be taken by the Landlord.

The deposit is held to cover any breakages, damage, rent arrears 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.

Please note that the deposit cannot be used to cover rent.

Administration

A fee is due to this company prior to the start of the tenancy to cover the Tenant’s share of administration costs, including preparation of the tenancy agreement and any legal notices, referencing and credits checks, and check-in and check-out.

 

Periodic Checks

During the tenancy we carry out periodic inspection visits should these bring to light any maintenance issues, we will (within the confines of our Management Agreement) recommend, oversee and account for any necessary repairs.