This is a Simple Tenants Guide:
How much can you afford to spend per month/week?
How many bedrooms do you need?
Furnished or unfurnished/ Garden/parking space?
Local transport links?
How long do you want to rent for?
2 – Make an offer
Properties are typically advertised at the monthly basis the landlord will accept.
We will help you to put an offer together for the landlord.
3 – References
After your offer is accepted, we will carry out reference checks. This is needed so that the landlord can be sure that you, or your guarantor, can meet your commitments each month.
4 – Signing Contract/tenancy agreement
We will create a tenancy agreement. This is based on current law and tailored as necessary with clauses according to what you and the landlord agree to.
5 – Deposit
We require a deposit equalling around One Mont rent, payable before you move in (for rentals up to £100,000 per year, on an assured short-hold tenancy agreement).
You might need a larger deposit if, for example, the landlord agrees to you having a pet in the property.
The deposit will be held as security against non-payment of rent and/or any damages that may occur. But all being well, it is returned to you in full at the end of your tenancy. During your stay, it is registered in the government-backed tenancy deposit scheme.
6 – Inventory
We work with the landlord to ensure the property is handed over to you in excellent condition. We give you a written inventory report that details its condition. When you move out, Landlord will carry out a further inventory inspection.
7 – Points of contact
We will help you every step of the way. Even if we’re not managing the property, we will make sure that you have all the contact details for your landlord.
8 – Checking in and checking out
When you sign your tenancy agreement, you and the landlord will be committing to a fixed term, such as 6 months or 1 year. Your tenancy agreement may also have a ‘break clause’, which allows you to terminate your agreement early.
Before your end date, we’ll get in touch to see if you want to extend your agreement or move out.
If you decide to move out, you’ll need to attend the inventory check out. This is where the property gets checked off against the original inventory. A report is produced. If there are any issues, this may have an effect on your deposit.