How To Rent Guide
The Department for Communities and Local Government have created a very useful booklet with helpful guidance of tenants which contains links to more useful information.
Please click on the link below for the latest version and browse its content.
Right To Rent Checks
The Right to Rent scheme - which requires landlords or agents to check ID of all prospective adult occupiers – was rolled out across England from 1 February 2016.
All adult occupiers will be required to sign a consent form so that the necessary check can be carried out and will be required to provide the following documents.
SINGLE DOCUMENT: valid Passport (if this is not possible)
TWO DOCUMENTS: valid photo card driving licence, HMRC letter with national Insurance Numbers, FULL birth certificate.
These are the easiest documents to provide but not the extensive list. If you cannot provide the above documents please contact the Agent for further advise or visit:
Where an adult occupier has a time limited right to remain, landlords and letting agents will need to conduct follow up checks. These need to be made 12 months from the initial check or at the expiry of the individual’s right to be in the UK, whichever is the later.
When a suitable property to rent has been found ALL persons aged eighteen or over will be required to complete an Application Form and will be named in the Tenancy Agreement. References will be undertaken via an independent referencing agency on behalf of our client, the Landlord, which may include a credit reference, an employer's / accountant's and previous landlord reference (if applicable). A non-refundable payment to indicate your commitment is required when you submit your application.
All tenants in receipt of Benefits will require a UK based guarantor.
Lets With Pets
When you are looking for privately rented accommodation with your pet, there are a number of things you can do to make the house hunting process as simple as possible and to show prospective landlords that you are a responsible pet owner.
Don’t leave your house hunting until the last minute
Give yourself plenty of time to find a pet-friendly property and begin searching at least 6-8 weeks before you need to move out of your current home.
Be as flexible as possible
The more restrictive your search criteria are, the more difficult it will be for you to find a pet-friendly property. Try to be flexible on location and property type as this will increase your chances of finding somewhere for you and your pet to live.
Write a CV for your pet
Provide your prospective landlord with as much information about your pet as you can. Include the contact details of your veterinary practice and someone who can care for your pet in an emergency. You could also include details of your pet’s last vaccinations and any flea and worming treatments they have had.
Get a reference for your pet
By providing a reference from your previous landlord, you can show that your pet is well behaved and has caused no problems at your previous property. This will demonstrate that you are a responsible pet owner.
Introduce your pet to your landlord
Meeting your pet in advance may put your landlord’s mind at ease. You could invite your landlord to your current home so they can see that your pet has caused no problems there. This is particularly important for dogs as it’s an opportunity to show your dog is well behaved.
Offer to pay a higher deposit
Many landlords are concerned about pets causing damage to their property or furnishings. By offering to pay a higher deposit, you will reassure the landlord that you will cover any damage that your pet may cause.
Offer to have the property professionally cleaned
Landlords often worry that accepting pets will lead to flea infestations, excess pet hair and dirty carpets and soft furnishings. To put your landlord’s mind at ease you might consider offering to pay for the property to be professionally cleaned when you move out.
Be honest, don’t sneak your pet in without permission
It’s never advisable to keep a pet in a property without the landlord’s consent. This will only lead to problems in the future and could result in the termination of your tenancy. Always be honest about your pets from the start.
Get written permission
If your landlord has given you permission to keep a pet in your property, make sure you get it in writing. You should ask for a clause to be added to your tenancy agreement and make sure that any ‘No Pets’ clauses are removed. This will prevent problems from arising in future.
Make moving day stress free for your pet
When you are ready to move into your new home, think about what you can do to make moving day as stress free as possible. It’s a good idea to ask a friend or relative to look after your pet for the day if you can.