Thinking about renting a property? Here are a few handy tips from us
Choosing the area you would like to live in:
Do your research and figure out the specific areas you like. Make a list of the things that are really important to you, like transport links, schools, access to shops and use these to focus your search. Be sure to share your list of 'must-haves' and 'nice-to-haves' with us so we can start working for you.
Make sure you registers with us, your details will be on our system so we need as much information from you as possible – the lettings business is fast-moving and you don't want to miss out on your ideal property.
Be very clear about when you need to move into your rental property. If you need somewhere urgently, let us know. We will do everything we can do find you the right property within your time scale.
Try to be available and as flexible as possible. Yes, we've said it before, but the lettings business is incredibly fast moving and when a good property comes to the market there can be a rush to view and applications are often made immediately. You could miss out if you can't make yourself available within 24 hours of the agent contacting you.
Don't necessarily be put off by details in the property. If you don't like the wall colour, or the sofa isn't big enough, have a chat with the agent. We encourage our landlords to be flexible and accommodate tenant's requests whenever possible.
After filling in an application form for your chosen property you will pay a fee for credit checks and referencing. Once your application has been accepted you will need to pay a holding deposit to secure the property for you. The day of your move in you will need the agreed amount of deposit and rent in advance, the agent will be responsible for putting the deposit into an approved tenancy deposit holding scheme and they should pass on the details to you – make sure you hold on to this information.
All estate agents will need to conduct security checks on behalf of the landlord, 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.
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.
If the property was professionally cleaned when you moved in, then the chances are you will need to arrange for the same to be done when you move out. Whoever is managing the property - be it the estate agent or the landlord - they will want to see a receipt for the cleaning.
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.