The reason people look for rental accommodation varies. Some rent whilst saving up to buy a property, others prefer not to have the responsibility of being a property owner or have relocated to the area for work. The process of becoming a Perrymount tenant is very similar for all. We may have built up a relationship prior to you finding a property with us but for now, let’s assume you have found somewhere online and would like to start the process with us from scratch.
Arranging a Viewing
Firstly, where available, make use of the virtual tours and photographs online to get a feel for whether the property is going to be suitable for you. Then arrange a viewing directly with us at a time that’s convenient for you.
We will ask you some general questions about your circumstances and your income, so that we can get an initial understanding of whether the property will be suitable and affordable for you.
We will meet you at the property and you can take your time to have a look around and ask any questions you may have. Restrictions permitting, we are happy for you to bring a friend or family member along for a second opinion.
Our team all live locally and know the area well, so feel free to ask us about the town and what it has to offer.
Making an Offer
If you would like to make an offer, please send us an email with the amount you are offering to pay each month along with your preferred moving in date. We will then speak to the landlord and if your financial offer is acceptable we will ask you to pay a holding fee (equivalent to one weeks rent, which will then form part of your deposit). We will then carry out credit/reference checks and on successful completion of these checks will your offer be accepted. These checks usually take between 48 to 72 hours. We will also ask you to provide proof that you have a Right to Rent in the UK.
Once your offer has been accepted, we will start to draw up the necessary paperwork and ask you to get together your first month’s rent plus your deposit of 5 weeks rent (the holding deposit you have paid will be deducted from that amount).
We will draw up a tenancy that is suitable for you and this will usually be an assured shorthold tenancy. These typically have a term of 12 months with the option for you to give us 2 months notice once 6 months have elapsed.
Since 2012, tenants’ deposits are no longer held by a letting agent or landlord but in a government approved third party scheme. Our deposits are held by the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS).
It will be your responsibility to insure your own possessions when you move in along with ensuring you will always be able to afford the monthly costs. Please speak to us about ways to ensure you will be able to manage the rent and bills no matter what happens.
On the day that you move into the property we must be in receipt of your first month’s rent plus deposit.
We will meet in our office to go through the necessary moving in paperwork which will include an inventory, which is a detailed record of the condition of the property prior to you moving in. You will have 7 days to check this and confirm your agreement or raise any issues. We will also give you an EPC for the property, Gas Safety Certificate (if applicable) and a Guide on How to Rent in England. You will also be given details of where your deposit is held.
Most importantly we will give you the keys to your new home!