Where to start?
Before you even start looking, it can help to make a list of what's important to you.
It is useful to consider:
Of course, you'll sometimes have to trade off one good thing against another, so you should prioritise your wish list into "essential" and "nice to have", to make these decisions easier.
You may also need to consider the things you cannot live with i.e. stairs, carpets or single bedroom, or things you cannot live without such as quick access to transport links, a parking space or outside space.
Remember, the more you know about what you want and don't want, the easier your search will be in finding your dream home!
Once you have decided upon your requirements, you will need to set your price range and budget and begin your search.
Register Your Interest
When you start your search for a rental property, it is a great idea to register your interest and tell us what you are looking for. You can register via the site by clicking here, or call us on 020 8691 8731. Once you have registered your details we can update you instantly as and when suitable property's become available via e-mail or phone, which ever is your preference. With our expert knowledge and understanding of your criteria, we can offer and show you properties that match your requirements.
We know that looking at pictures of a property on a website is not the same as visiting the property in person; it is important to see the property inside and out for yourself. We aim to make this as easy as possible for you by ensuring that one of our agents is available to accompany you to viewings, and we do our best to arrange a time and day that is convenient to you.
Reserving a Property
Once you have expressed your interest in a property, and the Landlord has confirmed they would like to proceed, to prevent you losing the property to others, you will need to pay a holding deposit which is usually £200. Should you proceed to rent the property, this will be deducted from the first months rent which is paid in advance. It is at this stage the offer is submitted to the landlord and the terms are agreed subject to successful references. Should you pull out of the agreement at this stage, you will lose the holding deposit, so make sure you are confident that this is the property for you.
Each prospective tenant and any guarantor(s) will need to complete and sign a comprehensive reference application form and provide proof of identity in the form of a driver's license or passport. We use an independent referencing company, and the cost is £65 per person (inclusive of VAT). Referencing covers up to 25 verification checks, including employment and salary confirmation, credit checks, verification of identity, for example. All reference reports are subject to the Landlord's approval.
Upon successful referencing and confirmation to proceed has been received from the Landlord, a move-in date can be decided. On the date you move into your new property or sometimes a couple of days before, tenancy contracts will need to be signed and cleared funds of the first month's rent and one month's rent as deposit (dependent on a Landlord's discretion 6 weeks rent as a deposit can be requested) will need to be paid. Moreover, from your first month's rent, the holding deposit £200 is deducted off the amount. Generally at this point, keys can be handed over to you alongside any other relevant information such as the tenancy agreement, inventory, gas certificate and energy performance certificate (EPC) for the property.