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Are you looking for your first rental property or looking to move to a new home?

As a tenant it is important for you to know that our tenancy agreements and processes are updated regularly to latest compliance and legislation. 

All our properties meet the current standards for housing and have all relevant safety testing carried out with documentation on request and given to you at start of your tenancy.  

We don’t charge any holding deposit or any fees to tenants for our services. One of our qualified letting agents will accompany you on viewings and will assist with any questions you may have. We have a friendly team with extensive knowledge and experience.

As a tenant it is often a wish to obtain your own property, we can assist you with this in our financial services team and we charge no fee to our clients.

If you are looking to rent, we would love to meet to discuss your plans,

call us now on:

01905 426000

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you want the tenancy for?

You can ask for a tenancy to be any time between 6 months and 7 years long.

Am on Housing Benefit/Universal credit?

If you are on housing benefit or Universal Credit, there is no reason that it should affect your ability to pay rent. But check with this online calculator to see if you can afford to live in the area you want.

What documents will I need?

Have your documents ready. Landlords and agents will want to confirm your identity, immigration status, credit history and possibly employment status.

Will you need a rent guarantee?

Some landlords might ask someone to guarantee your rent. If you don’t have a guarantor, ask Shelter for help.

How long is the tenancy for?

There is usually a fixed period of 6 or 12 months. If you want more security, you can ask for a longer fixed period of up to seven years. Many landlords are happy to offer longer tenancies.

Who is responsible for bills? You or Landlord?

Check who is responsible for bills such as electricity, gas, water and council tax. Usually the tenant pays for these.

Smoke alarms

and carbon monoxide detectors if you have solid fuel appliances. Check these are provided. If not, your landlord must install them. They could save your life.

Pay the rent on time

If you don’t, you could lose your home because you have broken your tenancy agreement. If you have problems, GOV.UK has links to further advice.

Be considerate to the neighbours

or you could be evicted for anti-social behavior.

What can you afford?

Think about how much rent you can afford to pay: 35% of your take-home pay is the most that many people can afford, but this depends on what your other outgoings are (for example, whether you have children).

Where do I want to live?

Decide which area you would like to live in and how you are going to look for a rented home. The larger the area where you are prepared to look, the better the chance of finding the right home for you.

Do you have the right to rent property in the UK?

Landlords must check that all people aged over 18 living in their property as their only or main home have the right to rent. They will need to make copies of your documents and return your original documents to you.

Deposit protection

If the landlord asks for a deposit, check that it will be protected in a government approved scheme. Some schemes hold the money, and some insure it. You may be able to access a bond or guarantee scheme that will help you put the deposit together.

Children, smoking and pets

Check if there any rules about them, as well as for other things such as keeping a bike, dealing with refuse and recycling.

Fixtures and fittings

Check you are happy with them, as it is unlikely that you will be able to get them changed once you have moved in.

If the building becomes unfit to live in

Check that the tenancy agreement excuses you from paying rent should the building become unfit to live in because of a fire or flood.

Look after the property

But get your landlord’s permission before attempting repairs or decorating. It’s worth getting contents insurance to cover your possessions too, because the landlord’s insurance won’t cover your things.

Operating Appliances

Make sure you know how to operate the boiler and other appliances and know where the stopcock, fuse box and any meters are located.

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