Information for Tenants

So you've finally found the accommodation you really like and can't wait to move in?
Maybe you intend to share with others? Here's a few recommended pointers for a smoother move.
  1. Best practice is to use the services of a professional letting agent which belong to a self regulatory body like ARLA (association of residential letting agents) or NALS (national approved lettings scheme), RICS (royal institution of chartered surveyors).
    This by no means suggest you will receive the most proficient level of customer service, depending on the agent; however you may be rest assured they must have in place a redress system if and when something goes wrong.
  2. Most agents will charge a non refundable administration fees for their services, make sure these fees are not hidden.
  3. Some agents may require a holding deposit if you intend to proceed. This is usually taken as a sign of full commitment to rent, subject to satisfactory references. Where there are no reasons to refuse let, the holding deposit is usually deducted from the total amount paid on signing the tenancy agreement.
  4. Most agents would require 6 weeks deposit, plus 1 months' rent advance in cleared funds on of before the date of signing the tenancy agreement.
  5. Since 6 April 2007, regulation on tenancy deposit require agents/landlords who take deposits from tenants to belong to any three of the approved tenancy deposit providers. (1) Custodial Scheme: administered by The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) (2) Insurance based Schemes: administered by: (a) Mydeposits (b) Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)
  6. Make sure you read your contractual agreement: What you do not understand, seek clearer explanation.
  7. Make sure you understand the meaning of joint and several responsibility if you're signing one agreement with others.
  8. Always check the inventory, highlight any discrepancies and have them resolved from the onset.
  9. There's also the small matter of statutory requirement on the provision of an energy efficiency certificate (EPC) within current maximum of twenty-eight days of a property being rented out.
FEES:
£175 (inc VAT where applicable) application processing fees apply per tenant. As this one off fee covers referencing and administration per tenant, we do not charge any other tenant fees.

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