Advice For Tenants
There are certain costs for you to cover for credit checking, references, preparation of tenancy agreement and inventory. This also holds the property for you until your references are received.
What references are required?
We require details of your bank / building society, confirmation from your employer of your salary and length of employment and previous landlord. We also carry out full credit checks on each tenant.
How long will it take?
We allow up to 7 days to confirm references, prepare the inventory and tenancy agreement and to transfer the utilities.
How much money will be required before moving in?
In addition to the administration charges noted above we require a calendar month’s rent in advance together with a security deposit. An additional amount may be required if pets have been allowed.
How do I pay the rent?
At the time of signing the tenancy agreement you will complete a standing order mandate for your bank to start paying from month two.
What are my responsibilities when the tenancy commences?
These will be clearly set out in the tenancy agreement. You should always thoroughly read this before you sign. Essentaily the Landlord is responsible for buildings maintenance and insurance, so if a cooker or boiler fails that will be repaired as part of the Landlords responsibilities. The tenant is responsible for keeping the property secure and clean, and to pay their own contents insurance and utility bills.
What tenancy agreement do I sign?
Your agreement will be an Assured Shorthold tenancy under the Housing Act as amended in 1996. This is a legally binding document between you and the landlord stating the address of the property, rent payable, length of the tenancy and your rights and responsibilities. The tenancy will normally be for a minimum period of six months.
Can I stay on at the end of a tenancy?
The landlord has three options.
- Option one is to draw up a new contract for a further fixed period.
- Option two is to continue with the existing contract on a statutory periodic basis.
- This will run indefinitely until either party gives notice. As tenant you have to give a minimum of one months notice.
- Option three is to bring the tenancy to an end.
The landlord always has to give at least two months written notice to terminate a tenancy.
Many Landlords are keen to establish long term tenancies and the intentions of you and the landlord are part the negotiations we would handle on your behalf.
Can I leave early?
You are legally bound for the rent and payment of utilities until the end of a tenancy.
What do I do at the end of a tenancy?
You must ensure you fulfil your obligations as set out in the tenancy agreement leaving the property in the same condition as it was at the start. Or deductions will be made from your deposit. Always make sure the property is thoroughly cleaned, including appliances, gardens are cut and free from weeds. We will conduct a checking out inspection on behalf of the Landlord.
How do I get my deposit back?
After the final inspection, provided there are no missing items or damage, your deposit will be returned on proof all utility bills have been settled.