Tenants

WHY RENT THROUGH US?

We can offer a professional and helpful service to help find the right home for you. Please find below some useful information that will guide you through the process of renting with us.

APPLICATION

Once settled on a particular property you wish to rent, we will ask you to complete a written application form. The planned commencement date shall also be determined.

REFERENCING

As part of the application, we will endeavour (with your permission) to obtain written references to support the information you provide. This will usually mean contacting your employer, current or previous landlord and someone to give you a character reference. We will also carry out a credit search, using an independent referencing company.

Should it be necessary that  a guarantor is required before a tenancy can be granted; the same process of referencing will apply to the guarantor.

RESTRICTIONS

Some landlords may wish to apply certain restrictions to a tenancy. Please find below some examples of typical restrictions that may be imposed:

  • Smokers
  • Housing Benefit
  • Students
  • Pets

You should be advised of any restrictions before an agreed viewing of a property takes place.

SELF EMPLOYED APPLICANTS

If you are self-employed, we will require a written reference from your bank and accountant. We will also require accounts, usually dating back 3 years.

STUDENT APPLICANTS

If you are a student who cannot prove a consistent and sufficient income, you will need a parent, relative or close friend to guarantee the rent and adherence to any other tenant obligation listed within the agreement.

TENANCY DEPOSIT SCHEME

At the start of every tenancy a deposit is usually collected by the landlord which normally equates to a minimum of one month’s rent. This is used in the event of breakage or damage to the property. 

In accordance with the Housing Act 2004, landlords are no longer permitted to retain a tenant’s deposit and must select either an insured based or custodial based scheme in which to hold a tenant’s deposit. A statutory certificate is then supplied to the tenant, advising on which approved scheme protects the deposit. This must be done within 14 days of the tenancy start date. Please speak to one of our representatives for further information on this.

TENANTS INSURANCE

When renting a property we recommend you are covered by contents insurance for any damages that may occur. The landlord’s own insurance will not cover the tenant’s belongings. It will also exclude cover for if a tenant accidentally damages the landlord’s property and therefore it could result in the loss of your deposit to cover the repairs.

Please speak to one our representatives for further details, or click on the following link for a competative property contents insurance quotation: http://www.landlordreferencing.co.uk/rentsafeuk/buildings-insurance/

RENT

Rents are usually paid in advance and by standing order unless otherwise agreed by the landlord / agent.