tips for tenants
The rental market is fast moving. So, when a good property comes onto the market there can be a rush to view and offers are often made immediately. You could miss out if you can’t make yourself available within 24 hours of an agent contacting you.
When you agree to rent a property you’ll be expected to a pay a security deposit and the first month’s rent. Make sure you deal with an agent that works with an approved tenancy deposit holding scheme – and that they pass on the details to you.
All estate agents need to conduct security checks on behalf of your landlord. Make sure you have employer and other references lined up and ready to go.
Don’t forget that you’ll have to cope with other administration fees – like drawing up the tenancy agreement, and at the end of your tenancy, the inventory check-out.
Once in, make sure that if something goes wrong in the property you know who to get in touch with. Remember to arrange insurance cover for your furnishings and personal property – the landlord is not responsible for this.
When it comes to moving out, chances are you’ll need to arrange for the property to be professionally cleaned. And it goes without saying you should leave the property in tip-top condition, otherwise you risk losing part, or all of your deposit.
Tenants maintenance issues:
If your property is managed by Patrick Williams, you can use this area of our website to report maintenance and repair issues. To enable us to resolve maintenance issues quickly and effectively, please use our online reporting system. Please provide as much information as possible along with any photos which will help us identify the problem and therefore send out the appropriate contractor.
|Deposit||Equivalent to 1.5 months rental|
|Administration /reference fee (Inclusive of tenancy cost)||Single applicant||£234.00 (£195.00 plus vat)|
|Additional applicant/s||£210.00 (£175.00 plus vat)|
|Guarantor||£210.00 (£175.00 plus vat)|
|Company||£300.00 (£250.00 plus vat)|
|Holding fee (Off set against your move in balance)||50% of first month’s rent|
The administration/referencing fee covers, full referencing (using an independent external referencing agency) credit checks, obtaining any relevant information to assess affordability, negotiation of contract terms and conditions, sign up, logging of the deposit with The DPS.
|Studio||£84.00 (£70.00 plus vat)|
|1 Bed||£102.00 (£85.00 plus vat)|
|2 Bed||£120.00 (£100.00 plus vat)|
|3 Bed||£144.00 (£120.00 plus vat)|
|4 Bed||£168.00 (£140.00 plus vat)|
Possible fees during / After moving in
|Aborted check out (if tenants fault)||£180.00 (£150.00 plus vat)|
|Tenancy Agreement (Renewal only)||£60.00 (£50.00 plus vat)|
|Rent arrears letters||£12.00 (£10.00 plus vat per letter, max 3 per week)|
|Early release fee (subject to landlords approval)||£420.00 (£350.00 plus vat)|
|Re-assignment (changeover of tenant)||Tenancy and referencing cost above apply|
Client Money protection
As an agency we have client money protection, this is not at the moment a legal requirement but as a reputable agent we feel its good practice. We are a member of the NFoPP Client money protection scheme
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