Guide to Renting
How much rent can you afford?
Firstly you should work out how much rent you can afford. If you are unsure then contact us and we can check our affordability calculator against your income. You should also calculate for the deposit and first months rent payment upfront. There will also be administration fees to pay. These will differ from agent to agent.
Register with local letting agents
When you register with letting agents they will ask for your search criteria. They will also need to know who the property is going to be for, if there are any children or pets and what your current employment status is. Once you are registered you will then be updated on available properties. When registering with agencies you should make sure that they display their accreditations and have a tenancy deposit scheme in place. Click here to register with us.
Once you have made a viewing appointment with the Letting Agency make sure the appointment is confirmed. Try to be on time as the agent is likely to have appointments after you. If you are running late advise the agency so that the member of staff that is due to meet you can advise whether they are able to wait for you or have other appointments to go onto. If you can no longer attend a viewing appointment that has been confirmed then update the agent and they will happily re-arrange the appointment for an alternative time.
Consider a managed property
Would you prefer to be in a property that is managed by the landlord or the agents? If there was a problem with the property during the lease who would you rather talk to?
Length of let
Once you have found a suitable property you should decide on the length of let. How many months do you want to spend in the property? 6 months (being the minimum) 12 months? 24 months? Do you want a break clause to release you from your tenancy early?
Making an offer
In order to secure a property you will be required to pay a holding fee and sign terms and conditions. Once this fee has been paid the property will no longer be marketed whilst the referencing checks are carried out.
Once we have taken your holding fee we will discontinue marketing the property and email you a link to complete the referencing application. Our referencing company will make contact with you. You should be prepared to provide bank details, current employment details and the contact details of your previous landlord. Once the referencing is complete it will be your landlord’s decision whether to accept you as tenants or not. Assuming that referencing pass and the landlord is happy to proceed we would then fix a move in date. All tenants over the age to 18 will need to be referenced. We will also ask for a copy of photographic ID and a utility bill dated within the last 3 months.
Your tenancy agreement and standing order form will need to be signed prior to or on the date of moving in. If you have a guarantor then they will also need to sign the tenancy agreement.
Once all checks have been carried out, you have signed the tenancy agreement and all monies are cleared funds in our account you will be checked into your new property. If we manage the property we will write to the relevant utility companies. If the property is managed by the landlord then you will need to contact the utility companies. Don’t forget to take meter readings on the day that you move into the new property.