Register with Next Property

The first step to finding your new home is to either contact or visit your local office to discuss your property requirements with one of our experienced members of staff.

Alternatively, you can register online. When registering, give us as much information as you can about your requirements so that we can find the right home for you.

Looking for a property

Once you know your budget you can start searching for a property in earnest. As soon as you have registered with us and given us your requirements, we’ll keep you up to date with the local housing market, let you know when suitable properties become available, and arrange viewings on your behalf. It is advisable to give us as much information as possible about your requirements as this will help us find you the right property.

We will keep you up to date with any new properties that we have been instructed on by telephone, text messages and emails to an address of your choice.

Viewings

Viewing can be arranged 9am to 9pm 7 days a week, and we do ask people viewing a property to be punctual. We will endeavour to arrange appointments to view properties at times that are convenient to you.

It keeps things simple if you can let us know straight away if you are interested – or not – in taking matters further regarding a property after viewing it. We act on behalf of the Landlord, and we will be happy to pass on any queries you may have.

Making an offer

Once you have found the right property you will want to make an offer. Let us know if there are any items in the property or specific stipulations to which your offer depends, to be included in the Tenancy, as well as: your preferred move-in date; the length of Tenancy you require; and whether you require a break clause or not, as these are not standard in our Tenancy agreements.

We will put the offer forward to the Landlord. If your offer is not accepted and you are still interested in the property, negotiations will take place. We make every effort to keep this process as simple and as stress-free as possible.

As soon as an offer has been accepted, we will need to remove the property from the open market by taking an initial payment to allow us time to take references and prepare draft agreements. You will be asked to provide details of your referees. References will be applied for and the information passed to the Landlord for acceptance. Any offers made on a property are subject to satisfactory references being received. The holding deposit is non refundable if you decide to pull out or your references fail.

Tenancy Agreements

Once the Landlord has confirmed that they would like to proceed, we will draw up the relevant paperwork and form an agreement (the Tenancy Agreement), which is signed by both parties.

A Tenancy Agreement is a legally binding contract between a Landlord and a Tenant, which sets out the contractual responsibilities of both parties. All persons over the age of 18 must be named on the Tenancy Agreement, to a maximum of 4 Tenants. Prior to the commencement date of the Tenancy, the agreement must be signed by all of the parties and, when everyone is happy to proceed, the contract will be dated (by hand) to put it into force.

Inventories

As the holding of deposits has become much more regulated, it is even more important to have an independent inventory service conduct the check in and out of the tenancy. We will recommend a company for your use. Generally, landlords pay for the compilation and check in of the inventory and tenants pay the check out

Paperwork required

An original copy of your passport or photo identification such as a valid driving licence and current proof of residency in the form of a recent utility bill will be required for file records.

Deposits & Rent

Deposit

A rental deposit is required from the Tenant. This deposit is held for the duration of the Tenancy and will be returned to you at the end of the Tenancy, subject to the details of your agreement and the findings of the inventory check-out report.

The holding of deposits

The holding of deposits has been the subject of recent legislation. Our policy is that deposits of properties let on private lets with rents under £25,000.00 per year have the deposits help in the custodial scheme (The Deposit Protection Service, which can be found at www.depositprotection.com ). For rents over £25,000.00 per year and company lets we hold the deposit as stakeholders in an independent clients account.

Rent

An advanced rental payment is required prior to the commencement of the Tenancy.

You will also receive a statement of account showing the initial monies due to Next Property. This statement will normally include the first rental payment, deposit and reference fees for which you are responsible.

Insurance

We always recommend that Tenants arrange insurance to provide cover for their own contents and personal belongings, as the Landlord’s insurance will not cover any of the Tenants’ contents or personal belongings, this can be arranged at a discount through us, please contact us for further details.

Completion

On the day the Tenancy commences, you will generally be checked into the property by an independent inventory clerk and have the keys to your new home handed over to you.