Lettings for tenants FAQ’s
Frequently Asked Questions for Tenants
What criteria do I need to apply for a property?
In most circumstances anyone looking to apply for a rental property must be in a permanent employment & have a clean credit record (no CCJ’s or bankruptcy orders).
What fees will I need to pay?
In order to apply for a rental property the following fees will be applicable. An application fee of £175.00 per person (any named tenant on the tenancy agreement) will be paid in advance. Once the application has been processed you will be required to pay the first months rent and a security deposit equivalent to six weeks rent. This must be cleared into our account 24 hours before your suggested move date.
What references will I need?
You will be required to have an employment reference and landlord reference where applicable. In lieu of a landlord reference you will need to show evidence you are located at the current address provided.
What if I am self-employed?
You must either have an accountant or undertake self assessment. You must have at least 12 months of filed accounts.
Can I use a guarantor?
Guarantors can be used at the landlords discretion. Each case would be reviewed on its own individual merits. Any guarantor will have to undertake the same referencing as the tenants. There are no additional costs for guarantor referencing.
Whose responsibility are the utility bills?
Once a tenant takes occupation of a property they will be responsible for the council tax, water, gas & electric rates until such time that they vacate. Any additional utilities such as TV license, cable/ satellite, broadband & phone lines are not included but can be taken out by the tenants.
What is the difference between furnished or unfurnished?
Most properties on the market will include carpets, curtains/ blinds. If the property is unfurnished it will likely include white goods in the kitchen (cooker/ washing machine/ fridge/freezer) but nothing else. A furnished property can include all furniture in each room and in some cases crockery, cutlery & small appliances in the kitchen. Each property is different and so it is best to check with the agent first.
Do I need insurance?
We recommend that all tenants take out insurance to cover themselves and their belongings. The landlord will have buildings insurance in place to cover the property and any contents provided but will not cover your belongings. You must ensure that you have adequate cover in place.