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Tips for tenants

Making the First Step
So you’re thinking about renting a property? Well there are a few tips to follow to get you started. Have a think about the area you’d like to live in, do your research and figure out a specific location. Make a list of the things that are really important to you such as local transport links, easy walking distance to shops, well placed for schools, and use these to focus your search. It would be helpful to transfer this list into ‘must-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’ so we know what we’re looking for. Also make sure you have decided on your maximum monthly allowance for rent, remember to consider your other outgoings and bills in order to agree the correct amount you are able to afford.

Get the Ball Rolling
Once you’ve decided what you want to look for in a rental property, it’s time to get the ball moving and contact us directly. We will take all of your contact details, register you on the system and take notes of your preferences – the lettings business is fast-moving and you don’t want to miss out on your ideal property.  This is the time to be clear about when you need to move into your rental property. If you need somewhere urgently, let us know, and we’ll do everything we can to find you a suitable place.
Viewing Properties

We encourage prospective tenants to try to be available and as flexible as possible. As we’ve said before, the lettings business is incredibly fast moving and when a good property comes to the market there can be a rush to view and offers are often made immediately.

Don’t automatically be put off by anything in the property, for example if you don’t like the wall colour or the couch isn’t big enough, then please come speak to us. We urge our landlords to be as flexible as possible and accommodate tenant’s requests whenever they can.

If you would like the landlord to undertake any improvement works, or add/remove furniture, your request must be put in as soon as you decide to make an offer, this is because it can be much harder to get these jobs agreed once you have moved in.

Holding deposit
When you agree to rent a property you may be expected to pay a Holding deposit of equivalent to one week’s rent to secure the property initially.  We are on hand if you have any questions regarding Holding deposits.

Dotting the I’s & Crossing the T’s
Once your application and holding deposit (where applicable) are accepted we will then need to conduct some security checks on behalf of the landlord, including your Right to Rent status, so make sure you have details of all your previous addresses to hand. Likewise, let your employer, and any other referees, know to expect a request for a reference. Then once you progress through all the necessary checks through our trusty referencing company Vouch and your move in has been confirmed , you will be required to pay the first month’s rent and deposit upon move in day.  Our team are always a phone call away if you have any queries or need help through the process from start to finish.

Moving Day
Everything has been paid and the keys have been picked up; it’s time to unpack the boxes and move in. If something goes wrong in the property, you’ll have our details to get in touch with us. You should look after the property as if it were your own. This reduces the likelihood of disputes over damage when the tenancy comes to an end. We heavily suggest that you should arrange insurance cover for your furnishings and personal property as the landlord is not responsible for insuring these items.

Time to Move On
Quite simply, it goes without saying that you should leave the property in tip top condition and remove all your belongings, otherwise you risk losing part, or all of your deposit. We want the next tenant to have the same positive experience that you did on your moving day, when they next move in.


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