Renting Property Guide
Step 1 (finances)
Firstly calculate what you can afford to each month in respect to your rent and then allow for extras costs such as
- Gas & Electric
- Council tax ( 25% discount if you are renting alone)
- Water bills
- TV License etc
Also bear in mind you will be expected to pay a months rent in advance and a minimum of a months rent as a deposit upon signing your tenancy agreement. Once you know exactly what you can afford to pay then you should start to think about the criteria of what you are looking for
Step 2 (Criteria)
Decide on the factors that are must, outside space, off street parking, etc. Once you’ve complied your list of essentials you can start to think about the luxury items that would be a benefit.
Decide on the areas that are suitable or more importantly the ones that are not, drive around the streets that interest you and get a feel for the area and people that may soon be your neighbors.
If this is a family home then take a look at local school reports www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home
Step 3 (Viewing properties)
We will accompany you and advise you on all viewings but be aware there is a shortage of quality rental properties at the so if you find one you like be ready to act quickly.
Step 4 (Making an offer)
Let the letting agent know the details of your offer and make sure you are in the best position to negotiate, have your reference and employment details ready.
Step 5 (Once your offer has been accepted subject to references)
Make sure you complete your references as quickly as possible “link to reference page” to ensure we can confirm the landlords decision. Once all your references are back we can confirm a move in date and you can arrange for a removal van.
Deposit Protection Scheme
The Housing Act 2004 requires provision for both the protection and return of tenancy deposits and the resolution of disputes over their return; Therefore all deposits taken in respect to Assured Shorthold Tenancies must be covered by a tenancy deposit protection scheme, we have selected to use the Deposit Protection Service.
Once we receive payment of your deposit upon signing of your Tenancy Agreement we will forward this amount directly to the DPS under our registered ID number.
Once the DPS have registered the deposit you will receive confirmation directly from them in this respect with a reference number. It is important that you retain this reference number as it will be required at the end of the tenancy to release your deposit accordingly.
As with other estate agencies, once you have found a property that you wish to rent, you will be required to provide references before we are able to confirm the tenancy. We will send your details over to our referencing agency who will then send you a link to complete the process online.
The following information will be required from you;
- Your current and previous address including postcodes for the last 5 years
- Current and previous employment details for the last 5 years
- Previous Landlord and Agency details for the last 5 years
- Permission for us to complete a full credit check against your personal details