The more you know about what you want, the easier your search will be. Before you even start looking, make a list of what’s important to you. Consider whether you want a house or flat and which areas appeal to you.
Of course, you’ll sometimes have to trade off one good thing against another. It’s a good idea to divide your wish list into “essential” and “nice to have”, to make these decisions easier.
Size and Type
A few things to consider:
- House or flat?
- How many bedrooms? Do you need a spare room?
- What outside space do you want?
Ah! The big question. Set yourself a price range, often if you can move quickly the landlord is more likely to negotiate on price. Be prepared to make adjustments if there are other benefits: a more expensive house or flat might be in an area with lower council tax, for instance.
Once you know what you’re after, it’s time to start looking. Bear in mind that most landlords are looking for tenants who can move in within 4-8 weeks. If you won’t be ready to move by then, it might be worth waiting. Call or register your details with us and we can keep you updated. Bear in mind that if we don’t have your details you won’t be the first to hear about new properties. Our database is updated daily, so you’ll always see the latest properties.
Once you’ve found a property that you like the look of, we can make a viewing appointment so you can get a real feel for the place.
Although it’s best to look around a home in daylight, we’re happy to do late viewings during the week so you can take a look after work. We’re open on Saturdays too and can view on Sundays by special arrangement.
When we have found you a property and your offer has been accepted we will proceed as follows:
- We will require an Administration Fee of £300 (Including VAT) and £150 (Including VAT) per additional tenant to cover referencing charges and contract preparation. Please note this fee is non-refundable should the tenant subsequently withdraw from the tenancy or references are deemed unsatisfactory.
- Once the referencing is successfully completed we will prepare the Tenancy Agreement for you to read through and sign. Once tenancy agreements are signed and executed the tenancy becomes legally binding.
- A check-in of the inventory will be arranged for the first day of your tenancy and an appointment made for you to meet with the inventory clerk and collect keys. Should you be unable to be present at the check-in we can make arrangements for you to collect the keys from our office. The inventory will be forwarded to you and you will be given fair time to check through the document and make any amendments you feel necessary. The Tenant is liable for the cost of the inventory check out and the Landlord is liable for the inventory compilation and check-in charge.
- You will be required to pay one month’s rent in advance of the tenancy start and also the deposit which is usually 6 weeks rent. If you have pets and the Landlord is agreeable the deposit is usually two months’ rent. These funds must be received and cleared into our account before the tenancy can start.
- The rent should then be paid by standing order each month and received in cleared funds on the rent due date.
- Tenants must have contents insurance for the term of the tenancy. A copy of the certificate must be provided.
- You will be required to pay the inventory check out charge of £150 (Including VAT) paid at the end of the Tenancy.
Congratulations, you can now move in and enjoy your new home!
All fees are inclusive of VAT
|Additional Tenant||£150 per tenant|
|Check Out Fee||£150|
|Change of Tenant||£300|
|Breach of Tenancy Letters||£30 per letter|
|Returned Direct Debit Charge||£20|
|Overdue Rent||8% over Bank of England base rate|