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Tenant INFO

Thinking about renting a property? Here’s a little advice to get you started.

Do some research and work out the ideal area that you’d like to rent a property in, bearing in mind what’s most important to you, i.e. transport links, schools and access to work and make these the focus of your search.

Be sure to share your list of 'must-haves' and 'nice-to-haves' with the local estate agents so they can start working for you.

Dealing with the estate agents

Find a local agent that’s marketing the sort of properties you’re looking for in the preferred area and register with them giving all your contact details.  Bear in mind that the lettings industry moves fast so you have to be on the ball.   Try and be as clear as possible about what you’re looking for and if you need a property urgently, make sure the agent knows.

Viewing properties

When it comes to viewing properties you need to as available and flexible as possible for viewings.  As we said before things move fast and when a good property becomes available there’s a race to view and often it will be gone very quickly. You should expect to view within 24 hour of being notified about a property, if you want to be in with a chance of securing the best properties.

Don't necessarily be put off by details in the property. If you don't like something about the property have a chat with the agent as we encourage our landlords to be flexible and accommodate tenant's requests whenever possible.

Final arrangements

If you’ve come to an agreement on renting a property, you will need to hand over your deposit. The agent will be responsible for putting your deposit into an approved tenancy deposit holding scheme and you will be provided with the details and should ensure that you keep this information safe.

All estate agents will need to conduct security checks on behalf of the landlord, so will need to have details of any previous addresses to hand and you will need to provide referees, such as your employer and should let them know to expect a reference request.

Fees and charges

You will normally be expected to pay a security deposit and the first month’s rent when you agree to rent a property.  There are also usually administration fees such as those for referencing and drawing up the tenancy.  You can get an idea of fees on most agencies’ websites.    There may also be extra charges in the tenancy agreement for change of tenant, tenancy renewal and things like inventory checks, so always read your tenancy agreement properly. The total agency fees payable to the agent are £350.00 for each applicant. These fees include all administration associated with setting up the tenancy.

When you’ve moved in

Ensure that you have all the contact details for whoever is managing your property so you know who to get in touch with if anything goes wrong.  At the same time, look after the property as if you owned it as this minimises the likelihood of disputes over damage at the end of the tenancy and remember to insure your personal items.

Moving out

Check if the property was cleaned professionally before you moved in, if so you will probably need to arrange the same when you move out and keep a receipt for the cleaning to show the landlord or managing agent.   It’s always advisable to leave the property in great condition and take all your belongings to avoid losing part or all of your deposit.

For any further information on renting a property please call 01206 517777 or email

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