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Tenants Guide

The first step to finding your new home is to either contact or visit our 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.
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.Please note that all properties, unless stated, are available on a fully furnished long let basis. Please telephone for further information on properties new to the market.  We subscribe to an agent multiple listing site enabling us to carry out a broad market search for you.  Our negotiators will be pleased to be of assistance. Please advise us if you have a pet or if there is anything that is of particular importance to you. Should you have a query regarding any aspect of renting a property, please speak to one of our staff.
Viewing can be arranged 7 day 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.
Once you have found the right property and you will want to make offer will require Holding Deposit:  One week’s rent.  This is to reserve a property. Please note this will be withheld if any relevant person (including any guarantor(s)) withdraw from the tenancy, fail a Right-to-Rent check, provide materially significant false or misleading information, or fail to sign their tenancy agreement (and/or Deed of Guarantee) within 15 calendar days (or other Deadline for Agreement as mutually agreed in writing),  You will need to  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 them 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.
Usually payable quarterly or calendar monthly in advance. Cleared funds to be received by the due date.  Please ask for a standing order form if this method of payment is preferred.  Rent is exclusive of charges for telephone, gas, electricity, council tax and in most cases water rates, heating and hot water.
Deposit (per tenancy):  Rent under £50,000 per year = Five weeks rent.  Rent of £50,000 or over per year = Six weeks’ rent.  This covers damages or defaults on the part of the tenant during the tenancy.  The deposits are usually held by Next Property as stakeholder or the landlords hold the deposits. Monies will be refunded after the termination of the tenancy once both parties have agreed any dilapidation charges which will be deducted accordingly.We are members of the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS.)
The minimum term for long lets is six months and generally properties are let on an annual basis.  General and business release clauses are inserted into contracts by negotiation.
Next Property will notify the utility companies of the transfer of accounts with meter readings if applicable.  We will also notify the local authority with regard to council tax. Tenants must liaise directly with British telecom, cable, satellite providers.  Any burglar alarm charges will be the responsibility of the tenant.
TV Licence:  The Tenant is responsible for paying the licence fee for any television set in the property during the tenancy.
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. Prior to the commencement date of the Tenancy, the agreement must be signed by all of the parties.
An original copy of your passport and a Visa if required and current proof of residency in the form of a recent utility bill will be required for file records.
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.
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.