Tips For Tenants

Thinking about renting a property?  Here are a few handy tips from us...

Choosing which area you'd like to live in

Do your research and decide on the specific areas you'd like to rent in. Make a list of the things that are really important to you, like the rental prices, schools, transport links, access to shops and use these to focus your search. Be sure to share your list of 'must-haves' and 'nice-to-haves' with the local estate agents so they can start filtering through the properties for you.

Dealing with the estate agents

Identify which local agents are marketing the type of property you like in your preferred area/s and make contact with them. See if the agent has anything available which fits your criteria, if not make sure the agent registers you on the system, and take care to give them all your contact details - the lettings business is fast-moving and you don't want to miss out on your ideal property.

Be as clear as possible about when you need to move into your rental property. If you need somewhere urgently, let the agent know. They'll be sympathetic and will do all they can to find you a place that fits your requirements.

Viewing properties

Try to be available and as flexible as possible. Yes, we've said it before, but the lettings business is incredibly fast moving and when a good property comes to the market there can be a rush to view and offers are often made immediately. You could likely miss out if you can't make yourself available within 24 hours of the agent contacting you.

Don't necessarily be put off by details in the property. If you don't like the wall colour, or the sofa isn't big enough, have a chat with the agent. It may be something that the owner is willing to work with you on. We encourage our landlords to be flexible and accommodate tenant's requests whenever possible.

If you want the landlord to undertake any improvement works, or add/remove furniture, put in your request as soon as you decide to make an offer so the agent can put it to the landlord. It can be much harder to get these jobs agreed once you have moved in.

Dotting the I's and crossing the T's

Once your offer has been accepted you'll need to hand over your deposit. The agent  or the landlord will be responsible for putting it into an approved tenancy deposit holding scheme, depending on who is managing the property, and they should pass on the details to you - make sure you hold on to these.

All estate agents will need to conduct security checks on behalf of the landlord, so make sure you have details of all your previous addresses to hand. Likewise, let your employer, and any other referees, know to expect a request for a reference.

Fees and charges

When you agree to rent a property you will be expected to pay a security deposit and the first month's rent. There will be other administration fees that you will be liable for too, like references and drawing up the tenancy agreement.

Within the tenancy agreement you may also find that extra charges will apply if there is an unexpected change of tenant and also at the time the tenancy is renewed. At the end of the tenancy it's common for the outgoing tenant(s) to sometimes be charged for the inventory check-out. Check your tenancy agreement to see if these items are covered.

Once in

Find out who is managing your property and make sure you have all their contact details. That way, if something goes wrong in the property, you'll know who to contact.

Look after the property as if it were your own. This reduces the likelihood of disputes over damage when the tenancy comes to an end.

Remember that you should arrange insurance cover for your own furnishings and personal property as the landlord is not responsible for insuring these items.

Moving out

If the property was professionally cleaned when you moved in, then the chances are you will need to arrange for the same to be done when you move out. Whoever is managing the property, whether it is the estate agent or the landlord they will want to see a receipt for the cleaning.

It goes without saying that you should leave the property in tip top condition and remove all your belongings, otherwise you risk losing part, or all of your deposit.

Services

Property Valuations

Online valuations provide an estimate of how much your house is worth, based on average property prices in your area. But these are based on the assumption that your home is typical of those in the area. We therefore always recommend that an estate agent visit your property to discuss how to market your property to the best effect given your circumstances, the timeframes you are working to and the sale price you hope to achieve.

Quality Marketing

Our unique multi-channel approach to marketing your property is designed to showcase it in a way that entices potential tenants to enquire about the property. We have a team of local experts who work with you to secure the very best applicants, paying the maximum price for your property, all within a timeframe that suits your needs.

Property Management

We understand that sometimes it can be extremely stressful and time consuming when managing the day to day affairs of your rental property. This is why we have employed decades of knowledge and experience to develop a streamlined model which ensures that things run as smoothly as possible with the minimum amount of stress for you, our client. We pride ourselves on our work ethic and the commitment we dedicate to our clients, and stride to exceed your expectations every time..

Financial Advice

At Ideal Properties we work closely with reputable financial advisers who would be more than pleased to compare the latest mortgage deals and devise a mortgage which is tailored to your individual sales situation. The financial advice that they would provide you with would be totally impartial. They also understand and appreciate the time restraints involved with the purchase of a property, and work to ensure that a product is recommended within a timely manner.

Relocation Assistance

We’ve already done all the hard work and research so you don’t have to. Whether you’re moving back to the UK from abroad, downsizing, looking to take the next step on the property ladder, or looking to invest in property, we have an expert for you with a thorough knowledge of the local area, and could tailor your search to your personal requirements. Whether it’s schooling that is a priority for you, or it could be transport links, maybe certain activities, or even a combination. We’ve got you covered!

Maintenance

When a problem is reported, we will notify by e-mail, text or letter immediately and we keep you in touch with progress. You will also receive regular detailed financial statements. Furthermore, we have specialist contractors with a vast amount of knowledge that can cater for any maintenance issue which may arise. We can also refurbish your property. From minor decorating, to refitting kitchens and bathrooms, to a full refurbishment including structural works.

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Permitted payments England

What permitted payments can I expect to pay if I rent a property with Ideal Properties?

 

Holding deposit (per tenancy). One week’s rent.

This is to reserve a property. Please Note: This will be withheld if any relevant person (including any guarantor(s)) withdraw from the tenancy, fail a Right-to-Rent check, provide materially significant false or misleading information, or fail to sign their tenancy agreement (and / or Deed of Guarantee) within 15 calendar days (or other Deadline for Agreement as mutually agreed in writing).

 

Security deposit (per tenancy, rent under £50,000 per year). Five weeks’ rent.

This covers damages or defaults on the part of the tenant during the tenancy.

 

Security deposit (per tenancy, rent of £50,000 or over per year). Six weeks’ rent.

This covers damages or defaults on the part of the tenant during the tenancy.

 

Lost key(s) or other security device(s).

Tenants are liable to the actual cost of replacing any lost key(s) or other security device(s). If the loss results in locks needing to be changed, the actual costs of a locksmith, new lock and replacement keys for the tenant, landlord any other persons requiring keys will be charged to the tenant. If extra costs are incurred there will be a charge of £15 per hour (inc. VAT) for the time taken replacing lost key(s) or other security device(s).

 

Variation of contract (tenant’s request) £50 (inc. VAT) per agreed variation.

To cover the costs associated with taking landlord’s instructions as well as the preparation and execution of new legal documents.

 

Change of sharer (tenant’s request) £50 (inc. VAT) per replacement tenant or any reasonable costs incurred if higher.

To cover the costs associated with taking landlord’s instructions, new tenant referencing and Right-to-Rent checks, deposit registration as well as the preparation and execution of new legal documents.

 

Early termination (tenant’s request).

Should the tenant wish to leave their contract early, they shall be liable to the landlord’s costs in re-letting the property as well as all rent due under the tenancy until the start date of the replacement tenancy. These costs will be no more than the maximum amount of rent outstanding on the tenancy.