Renting a property is quite straightforward, although there are some necessary steps you should be aware of so that things run smoothly. We make the process as easy as possible and offer complete peace of mind.

1. How much rent can you afford?

Before starting to look for a property you should work out how much you can afford. As a general rule your individual or combined yearly gross salary should be in excess of 30 times the monthly rent for a property. Remember that in addition to your monthly rent, landlords will require a deposit and the first month’s rent in advance. There will also be some administration fees to pay.

2. Register with your local agents

In order to view any of our properties, you will be required to register with us. This will involve providing certain financial information to ensure you meet future referencing criteria. Once you are registered with us we will inform you of all the new properties that meet your criteria as they become available. To register contact your local lettings centre or you can register online by clicking here. Note, you should only register with letting agents that clearly display their accreditations and have a tenancy deposit scheme in place – this will protect your money.

3. Finding the right property

Once we understand the type of property you are looking to rent, we will show you a selection that you may wish to view. We will also keep you up to date via telephone call or email when new properties come onto the market that meet your criteria. When you are ready to view, contact your local lettings center and they will make the necessary arrangements.

4. Managed property?

When choosing which properties to make an offer on, if you have a choice, we would recommend selecting the one which is professionally managed by an agent. Renting a managed property means you will have the benefit of a Property Manager who will handle problems that may arise.

5. Securing the property

Having found a property you like, you will be asked to pay a reservation fee and sign the associated form. This will secure the property while the necessary paperwork is undertaken by us for an agreed period of time.

6. Referencing

We ask all prospective tenants to meet with us at our office to sign the above reservation form, pay the reservation fee and referencing fee. All tenants, over the age of 18, will be required to complete a referral form and supply photographic identification alongside a utility or council tax bill valid within the last three months.

7. Tenancy Agreement

Your tenancy agreement will need to be signed prior to or on the date of moving in, again at our offices. At this point the first months rent and security deposit needs to be paid. The money can either be paid via a bank transfer, debit card or bankers draft. If we are the managing the property, we will register the deposit monies with the tenancy deposit scheme – TDS.

8. Moving In

As soon as all monies have been transferred you will be able to collect the keys and move in. To make sure all bills are transferred to your name(s), you should contact the relevant utility companies, your insurance company and the local council. This can be done simply over the phone or via their websites. Remember to take meter readings on the day that you move into the new property.

9. Rent collection

We will advise you as to the date every month that rent will be collected. We will provide you with a standing order form when you sign the Tenancy Agreement. This will set up automatic transfer of the rent process to your landlord’s bank account.

10. Peace of mind

When you move into the property we will give you the best numbers to contact if something goes wrong with your accommodation. If we manage the property you can contact us  and we can help, alternatively if you normally communicate with your landlord please contact them directly.

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