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TENANTS GUIDE FOR LETTING

Find a Property to Rent

Once you have decide on the size of the property, whether House or a Flat, suitable area, bearing in mind the facilities that are most important to you, you can enquire the properties available in the area, if nothing suitable then register with us. If shall contact you upon receipt of the property that matches your requirement.

Viewing a Property

Once you have seen a property that matches your requirements, ensuring that the property is licensed to accommodate the occupants that intend to rent. Check out what is included in the property and the terms of the tenancy. Upon your satisfaction we shall agree the terms in principal with the Landlord and request you to place a holding Deposit, which ensures that we would no longer offer this property to the other prospective tenants and agree a moving in date.

Information we would require from you.

  • 2 Forms of identifications.
  • Reference from the previous Landlord
  • If above not available a Guarantor would be required.
  • A Reference from your Bank or a Home Let Credit Search (Or both)
  • If you are working then Employers Reference.
  • If new in Employment then a Guarantor would be required.
  • For self Employed, your recent Business Accounts or Accountant Reference, if new in Business A guarantor would be required.
  • If you are a Student:-
  • A letter from College or University to confirm that you are a Student there.
  • A Guarantor that the Rent would be paid.

The above is a guide what we are likely to require this may be varied on the instructions of the landlord.

Ready to Move

Once we are in receipt of all the references and the move in date has been agreed, we would require:-

  • Pay the Balance of the deposit deducting the holding deposit already paid.
  • Pay the First Month Rent in Advance
  • Read and sign the Tenancy Agreement.

On completion of the above, we shall arrange access to the property meeting you with the Landlord to go through the appliances and showing how the other things work. Agree and sign the Inventory.

What are the Landlord and Tenant Responsible For?

Although it may vary but generally speaking:

The Landlord is responsible for:

  • Property Insurance, Fire Flooding etc.
  • Repairs and maintenance of Hot water heating system electric and pipes.
  • Repairs of any appliances included in the property.
  • If Leasehold Ground Rent and service charges.
  • To provide Gas, Electricity safety reports and EPC.

The Tenant is responsible for:

  • All bills, Gas Electric water Council Tax Telephone Broadband cable TV.
  • Insuring the personal Possession.
  • Repair to any appliances installed by tenant.
  • Keeping the property clean and in good condition.
  • Informing the agent or the landlord of any defect or want of repair to the property.

The Deposit:

All deposit whether held by the agent or the landlord must be protected by one of the Tenancy deposit Schemes licensed by the government, which

  • Provides an independent means of resolving any disputes that may arise between the tenant and the landlord.
  • This means the landlord cannot unfairly hold on to the deposit.
  • Gives each parties confidence that the deposit is held by independent licensed organisation.

At the start of the tenancy both the landlord and the tenants are provided with the details of the organisation holding the deposit.

More Helpfull Information:

Make a good impression: (copy from NLA)

  • Be friendly. Your new landlord won’t bite s/he is a person just like you and the viewing will be much more pleasant if you get along.
  • Be punctual. Your landlord may have a number of appointments to view the property so may not appreciate being kept waiting.
  • Be honest. It is far better to be upfront about your circumstances now, than try to resolve a problem later.
  • Bring any references with you. If you decide that you like the property it will be much easier t secure it if you have proof of identity with you.
  • If you don’t know, ask. If you are uncertain about an aspect of the tenancy, or the accommodation don’t be a afraid to ask.

Knowing the right questions to ask of your potential landlord can avoid a lot of confusion in the long-run.

Key questions any landlord should be able to answer:

What is the rent, what is included and when is it due?

This is very basic information, but it is essential that there is no misunderstanding. Many landlords will expect you to set up a standing order to pay the rent on a certain day every month. This is easy to do and can save time and effort.

How long is the tenancy and what happens afterwards?

Most tenancies will be for six or twelve months, but may be allowed to continue indefinitely if there have been no problems during the fixed term.

What about repairs and maintenance?

Landlords have a responsibility to maintain the fabric of their property and certain facilities. But it is worth asking how:

  • you should contact them if an issue arises, and
  • how quickly they aim to respond.

If there is outside space, such a garden, it is a good idea to check who will be responsible for this – as it may vary from property to property,

Is there a deposit and if so where will it be protected?

Most landlords will require a deposit against possible damage to the property. It is usually approximately equivalent to one month’s rent and is returnable at the end of the tenancy if no issues arise.

Since April 2007 any deposit taken against an Assured Short hold Tenancy (the default tenancy in England and Wales) must be registered with one of three government recognised schemes. Any reputable landlord should be able to tell you which scheme they plan to use.

Will you make an inventory?

While not a legal requirement a thorough inventory of the condition and contents of the property agree by landlord and tenants is very useful for the avoidance of doubt and potential disputes in the future.

Can I see the gas safety certificate?

If the property has gas appliances or heating the landlord must have an annual gas safety check, conducted by an engineer registered with ‘Gas Safe Register’. A copy of the certificate must be made available to tenants by law.

Can I see the Energy Performance Certificate?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document outlining the energy efficiency rating of a property – according to an . These certificates are valid for ten years and are legally required for property marketed ‘to let’.