Guide to Renting

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. 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 us

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 us directly or you can register online by clicking here

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 our lettings department 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. Tenancy application

Having found a property you like, you will be required to sign an application form (subject to contract and referencing). We will then process the necessary paperwork.

6. Referencing

We ask all prospective tenants to meet with us at our office to sign an application form. All tenants, over the age of 18, will be required to complete the application form and supply two forms of current identification alongside any relevant financial information that may be required.

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 Deposit Protection Service - DPS.

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, plus your insurance company and the local council tax department. 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 when the monthly rent will be collected and will provide your landlords payment details in advance.

10. Peace of mind

When you move into the property we will give you the best telephone 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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