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Tenant's guide

Some tips for Tenants. 

Step 1. It is very important to decide what budget you have in order to rent a property. Except, rent payment the tenant is also responsible to pay council, tax, gas, electricity and water bills. You may also have outgoings for paying for internet, telephone and etc. In a very rare rental the mentioned bills are inclusive within the rent. Therefore, we recommend things to be checked before you are coming to view a property to ensure you do not waste your time.

Step 2. It is advisable to figure out location that suits you best as a wrong location may be not convenient for travelling to work, friends, family and etc. A lot of tenants are keen to be within walking distance to tube and have good bus connections. You may also want to be close to a big store for shopping too. These things should be checked while you are considering location.

Step 3. Once the right property has come it is advisable to make an offer as someone else may grab the property prior to you. The rental market is fast moving so we recommend not delaying things once decision is made. You may be requested to put down a holding deposit to secure a rental property once your offer is accepted by the landlord. The holding deposit will normally be deducted from the 1st month rent before your Tenancy starts.

Step 4.  Once things are agreed we would suggest following up all the details via email to avoid any misunderstanding at a later stage or after you moved in. Things like furniture, improvements to the property where agreed, having pets should be double followed up in writing where possible.

Step 5. Referencing is quite important part of the process therefore it is recommended the tenant to cooperate fully with the letting agent on this. Once the paper work is obtained we will try to bring an outcome to you within 48 hours. Our referencing fee is £110 inc vat per person. Where you are a student you will normally be asked to provide a guarantor. The fee to reference a guarantour is £50 inc VAT.

Step 6. Once you are accepted as a tenant you will need to clear outstanding rent, deposit and other fees where applicable. The letting agent will not be able to release any keys without cleared funds. Normally, you will receive check in/inventory/list of contents on a commencement of your Tenancy however some property owners may not arrange this. Where landlord arranges and pays for a check in report the cost of check out report will be covered by the Tenant on a departure. 

Step 7. As soon as referencing and money matters are settled you will be invited to the office to sign a Tenancy Agreement. You will also get set of keys for your new rental property. Congratulations you are now existing Tenant!


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