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Viewings

We strongly advise that all prospective tenants view properties to see first hand if it is what they are looking for. It is very different visiting a property than seeing it online or in brochure form. We also strive to accommodate appointment times but normally need to give current tenants at least 24 hours notice. We are also open on Saturday mornings to allow viewings for those who cannot make it Monday to Friday.

Property Reservation

If you think you have found the property for you, your next step would be putting your interest forward after considering whether you are able to meet the minimum tenant criteria outlined below:

Can you afford it?

We would need to see evidence of your ability to meet an affordability of the rent. This can be calculated by multiplying the rent amount by 30. For example, if the rent is £800pcm, you would need to demonstrate income of (30 x £800.00) = £24,000 p.a.

How can you afford it?

You must be able to evidence your income source; this can be through evidence from your employer, pension provider, accountant, military allowance confirmation etc.

What is your credit history?

You must not have an adverse credit history within the past 3 years (e.g. County Court Judgements (CCJs), Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs), Outstanding debts that are overdue or in arrears). We will also need to obtain a satisfactory credit agency score.

Are you already a tenant?

If currently renting we will require a satisfactory landlord reference.

Are you self employed?

For corporate lets, most established PLC / Ltd companies or large organisations will meet our criteria providing three years trading records are available at companies house and satisfactory accountants references are forthcoming.

Providing you can meet all of the above, we will be happy to reserve a property for you, subject to the landlord’s agreement. Reservation will involve payment of an administration fee which will reserve the property in your name, subject to contract and satisfactory references.

What happens next?

We will ask each adult applicant (over the age of 18) to complete and sign an application form and provide two forms of identification (these need to show a link to your current address, such as a recent utility or council tax demand or bank statement, along with a photo ID such as a driving licence or passport).

Current regulations require us to ensure that any applicant seeking to rent a property with us, has the right to reside in the UK. We are therefore obliged to see and take copies of original documents that confirm an applicant’s right to reside either temporarily or permanently in the UK. Please discuss your status with us prior to reserving a property so that we can advise on the documentation required.

Please note our application fee is non-refundable so it is important you tell us of any material information prior to making payment (we are happy to discuss your circumstances to advise you, but cannot process our checks in advance of payment).

The final Stage

We will write to you to confirm the let and the landlord’s acceptance to proceed and confirm the completion funds that are due to be paid.

Prior to moving in to your property, you will need to make payment of your first months’ rent along with your deposit. We will agree a move in time and meet you and arrange a date for your check in to handover keys and your tenant information pack.

 

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