Before you start your search, It’s vitally important to ask yourself, what can I afford? On top of your monthly rent, there will be other home expenses such as council tax, water and gas/electricity. You can check what outgoings fit your budget at Money Advice Service website.
Once you’re happy with your finances, and you’ve fallen in love with a property, simply click ‘apply now’ which is next to the property or give us a call. But what kind of information should you be putting to the landlord?
Once we have agreed your offer, we will send you an email with a list of documents to check and a sign. These will include:
All parties moving in will be required to sign an acceptance to rent form which will outline your initial fees due now and the remaining balance on move in. A holding deposit will also be required (equal to 1 weeks rent) to show your intent to proceed with the property. You will also need to provide a copy of your ‘Right to Rent’ and proof of address; this must have been posted out to you and be dated within the last 3 months. Once in receipt of payment, along with your acceptance form, and a copy of your Right to Rent, the property will be removed from the market and is all yours; subject to referencing.
Referencing is the most important part of the process and with this in mind, we have chosen to partner with the very best. Not only do they provide a great service to our tenants, but they also follow our business values by making sure the application forms can be completed online. A decision is therefore reached at speed providing referees have the heads-up from you. Below is the criteria that is used:
*If using a guarantor they must have good credit and be working full time. Owning their own home is not a requirement.
Fantastic news, you’ve passed referencing, move-in day has arrived and it’s time to sign. As our moves-ins are stress free, all legal documentation will be emailed to you and can be signed by e-signature. You can choose to sign on the day or days prior to suit. As these are legal documents, they must be signed by all parties over the age of 18. Below is a list of how the day will look and what you will receive.
Lastly you be required to pay your first months rent & security deposit as agreed. This will be taken by debit card or bank transfer.
From 1st June 2019, landlords in England are limited to a 5 weeks traditional deposit. If you have opted for the Zero deposits option, you must have agreed to the full terms and conditions of the policy and made the requested payment directly to Zero deposits before the day of move in.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR CONTENTS INSURANCE SORTED BEFORE YOU MOVE IN. FEAR NOT, WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THIS.
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We are completely upfront and transparent about our charges and have designed a guide to show all fees that may be applicable throughout your tenancy.
Reporting maintenance has never been easier, with your own login access to your personal hub. This system has been specifically designed for use at a time that’s convenient for you, all day, every day. If your property is managed by the landlord, you will be advised of their name and contact details to report maintenance directly.
As part of the on-going management of a property, we will carry out regular visits for the landlord. This visit will give us the chance to show the landlord that their property is being cared for, whilst also ensuring that the property maintains a good standard for you to live in. The correct written notice will always be provided to you, prior to every visit.
Notice periods can vary depending on your contract as you may be in a fixed term or on a rolling/statutory periodic agreement. If you are unsure, please give us a call and we will happily check your agreement. If the property is managed by ourselves, we’ll arrange a checkout appointment for you, so that we can both ensure the property is left in an appropriate condition in accordance with deposit legislation. If the property is managed by the landlord, you will have to arrange a time and date to meet at the property and complete the checkout process.
Most agents will send you a confirmation of requirements/tips of what is expected on returning the property in a good condition. The property should be returned as it was given to you at the beginning of your tenancy (fair wear and tear excepted). Make sure that the property has been cleaned throughout including carpets, walls, kitchen cupboards and appliances as well as furniture if applicable. Don’t forget about the gardens, garages and sheds and please make sure all of your rubbish has been removed, especially from the bins.
Lastly please contact all of your providers, giving them your final meter readings from the last day of your tenancy and close down your accounts. Don’t forget to cancel your standing order! Nobody needs a double payment of rent leaving their account.