First, narrow down your search by clearly identifying what your needs are for your next home. Price, size and location will be your defining parameters, once you are sure about your needs then you can look at what you would like. Being clear with your letting agent will go a long way in securing your next home.
Viewings can be booked between 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday and some weekends. Before booking a viewing, make sure you know your availability for the next few days as the slot you want may not be available. Viewings usually take 15 minutes with a trained member of staff who can answer most of your questions about a property at the viewing, but if we're not sure about an answer we will find out for you.
We use Homelet the UK's largest referencing agency to undertake referencing including credit checks. If you think you may have a problem with your credit, please let us know. All conversations are confidential.
You will need to provide us with current photographic I.D., proof of current residency (no less than 3 months old), proof of nationality and your last 3 months pay slips. Please make sure you have these to hand to ensure there is no delay in starting your tenancy. All your information is kept strictly confidential and we are registered data holders in accordance with the Data Protection Act for your peace of mind.
You may require a Guarantor if your income is below what we will require to set up a tenancy on your own, or if your credit rating is too low. A guarantor is usually a family member who is in full time permanent employment, a UK resident and a home owner, who will stand as a guarantor for your tenancy. A Guarantor will be requested to sign a Guarantors Agreement which will legally bind them to your tenancy. They will be legally responsible for paying the rent in the event you are unable to, and/or to cover damages to the property whether accidental or otherwise.
In most instances, with the landlords approval, we can set up a company let. The company must be a limited company registered with companies house, has been trading for 3 or more years and a Director will need to be available for signing the contracts. Occupiers of the property must be declared to us and photo I.D. will be requested of each of them.
Renting with pets is are becoming more popular and we are working with our landlords on this, so more of our properties are available to tenants with pets. You must however let us know if you intend to let a property with a pet, otherwise you could be in breach of your contract. Please respect that not all Landlords will accept pets for varying reasons, some properties will have restrictions that are out of the landlords control, such as flats, whilst other landlords may be allergic! We will always ask the Landlord before we take the property on to be sure of their wishes.
Inform us if you intend to get another pet... the Landlord may accept one maximum, more than one may require a higher deposit.
If a pet is accepted at the property it will activate a clause in the contract which states all carpets at the property must be professionally cleaned. You must provide a valid receipt to prove it has been done or the cost will be deducted from your deposit.
We ask that all of our tenants obtain and maintain a policy of insurance to provide a minimum of £2,500 cover for accidental damage to the landlord's contents, furniture, fixtures and fittings.
Although Landlords will have an insurance policy of their own, this will not cover your personal possessions. For a competitive quote on tenants libility and contents insurance contact homelet.co.uk/tenants/