A Tenants Guide to Renting
At Alastair Saville Estate Agents, we pride ourselves in providing a professional and efficient service for our tenants. Please find below a Tenant’s Guide To Renting from finding your property to moving in.
Finding a Rental Property
When contacting Alastair Saville Estate Agents, you can be confident of friendly and professional advice. Whatever your rental needs, we will discuss your requirements with you and arrange a viewing of any properties that will suit your needs.
Once you have found a property that you would like to rent, you will be required to complete a Tenancy Application Form and provide proof of your Identity and residency. Once completed, we will discuss and negotiate terms with the Landlord. All tenancies are subject to a minimum of 6 months and rent is payable per calendar month in advance.
Securing Your Property
Once terms have been agreed, you will be required to pay a holding fee equivalent to one month’s rent to secure the property and your referencing fees. Once the tenancy commences, this holding fee will then become your Deposit. Until we have received the holding fee, we will continue showing prospective tenants around the property. Once we have received the holding fee, it is at that point, we will stop the marketing. Should your references come back as being unacceptable, your reference fees will not be refunded but your holding fee will.
Why Use An Inventory?
We cannot over emphasise the importance of having an inventory made of all the fixtures and fittings, together with a schedule of condition (SOC) and photographs which should be carried out and checked both at the start and end of the tenancy.
Taking a deposit, does not make inventories / SOC compulsory. However in order to protect both your property and items, it is essential and should even be considered best practice.
You must ensure that at the commencement of the tenancy, all named tenants sign off the inventory / SOC and photos must be dated.
Alastair Saville always recommend carrying out an inventory / SOC to ensure that our Landlords, properties and possessions are safeguarded as much as possible.
We would like to advise you that the Deposit Schemes have indicated that under their rules, a landlord without an inventory and schedule of condition, is unlikely to be able to provide sufficient evidence to prove the tenant has caused any damage or dilapidations. This may mean that a claim against your tenant’s deposit will automatically fail.