Thinking of renting? Advice for tenants who are looking to rent
As a tenant, I want to rent. What should I ask?
What fees do I pay to the Agent?
should not pay introductory fees, however there are certain costs
for you to cover for the taking up of references, and preparation
of tenancy agreement and inventory.
What references are required?
details of your bank / building society, confirmation from your
employer of your salary and length of employment and previous
landlord. We also carry out full credit checks on each
How long will it take?
We allow up to 14 days
to confirm references, prepare the inventory and tenancy agreement
and to transfer the utilities.
How much money will be required before moving
In addition to the administration charges noted
above we require a calendar month's rent in advance together with a
security deposit equal to the rent plus £100.00. An additional
amount may be required if pets have been allowed.
How do I pay the rent?
time of signing the tenancy agreement you will complete a standing
order mandate to start paying from month two. We set this up to
leave your bank three days before the due date to ensure it reaches
the landlord on the due date.
What are my responsibilities when the tenancy
These will be clearly set out in the
tenancy agreement. You should always thoroughly read this before
you sign. If in doubt ask us and we will explain, we believe we
have a professional duty to offer correct advice.
What tenancy agreement do I sign?
Your agreement will be an
Assured Shorthold tenancy under the Housing Act as amended in
1996. This is a legally binding document between you and the
landlord stating the address of the property, rent payable, length
of the tenancy and your rights and responsibilities. The tenancy
will normally be for a minimum period of six months.
Can I stay on at the end of a tenancy?
Your landlord has three options..
- Option one is to draw up a new contract for a further fixed
- Option two is to continue with the existing contract on a
statutory periodic basis. This will run indefinitely until either
party gives notice. As tenant you have to give a minimum of one
- Option three is to bring the tenancy to an end.
The landlord always has to give at least two months written
notice to terminate a tenancy.
Can I leave early?
You are legally bound for the rent and payment of utilities until
the end of a tenancy.
What do I do at the end of a tenancy?
must ensure you fulfil your obligations as set out in the tenancy
agreement leaving the property in the same condition as it was at
the start. Or deductions will be made from your deposit. Always
make sure the property is thoroughly cleaned, including appliances,
gardens are cut and free from weeds. If you have moved furniture
replace it to where you found it at the time of the inventory.
How do I get my deposit back?
final inspection, provided there are no missing items or damage,
your deposit will be returned on proof all utility bills have been