Tenants Guide

The rental market can be very fast moving so if you see a property you like don't hang around book your viewing as soon as possible.

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FINDING A PROPERTY

 

Keep your eyes open for our boards, check out our website, Facebook or Twitter page and register with our portal www.wearethemarket.co.uk.

You can also visit www.zoopla.co.uk & www.rightmove.co.uk where you can set up alerts to notify you when new properties are listed.

The rental market can be very fast moving so if you see a property you like don’t hang around contact us as soon as possible. Be aware though that there may be a number of people attending the same viewing and remember you must phone us on the day of your appointment to confirm you will still be attending.

TO RESERVE A PROPERTY

Once you have viewed the property you will need to complete an Initial Application Request Form, all initial applications received will then be discussed with the Landlord and you will be notified of the decision by the next working day.

If your application request is accepted you will then need to pay the initial holding deposit, equivalent of one weeks rent, to remove the property from the market and this must be paid by Bank Transfer.

Once you have paid the holding deposit and receipt of your payment has been confirmed you will then be sent, via email, the Holding Deposit Receipt which requires your electronic signature so access to the internet is essential.

The Holding Deposit Receipt also gives permission for us to begin the formal application process so once the document has been signed our referencing partners Vouch will email or text you a link to complete your online reference and credit check. As all referencing is done online you will need to provide a valid email address and telephone number, mobile preferable, for your referees which you will need to enter to Vouch when prompted.

It is essential that you are accurate and honest in completing your referencing from the initial application request to the formal referencing checks so as to avoid any delays and/or the subsequent loss of your holding deposit and the property.

When all referencing has been completed you will then be notified via email and within 24 hours, if your application has been successful or not.

MOVING IN

After you have been notified of your application being successful and your move in date has been confirmed, you will receive a draft copy of your tenancy agreement along with all other legally required documentation for your read through and confirmation prior to your tenancy beginning.  The email will also contain your "Move In" appointment to which all tenants must attend and have available the original copies of Passport, Residence Permits or any other identification provided to Vouch for referencing, this is because we need to see the original documents to satisfy the Right To Rent Legislation and ensure compliance.

You will need to pay by Bank Transfer only the “Move in Monies” this will be your security deposit (5 weeks rent) plus your first months rent, less the holding deposit you have already paid, this will need to be received in cleared funds by 5pm the day before your move in. 

Once receipt of your "Move In Monies" has been confirmed all tenants will be sent an email with links to electronically sign the tenancy documents this includes Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, Guarantors Agreement (if applicable), Welcome Letter and Inventory Unchecked. All tenants must ESign all documents prior to attending the office and a signed copy will be placed into your "Move In Pack" for future reference. 

Please Note:

At this stage a tenancy offer is provisional and given 'subject to contract' - meaning that there will be no binding agreement until the tenancy agreement has been signed by both parties. No keys will be handed over until such time as all rent and deposit monies have been received and documents ESigned.

TENANTS RESPONSIBILITIES

To maintain the landlord’s property in good condition and notify the Landlord or Landlords Agent of any maintenance issues when they arise. Delays in reporting maintence could cause further problems and unnecessary repair costs which the tenant could incur if proven a repair requirement was ignored or not reported at the time of occurrence. Non Urgent minor repairs will look to be actioned within 7 working days, Urgent repairs will look to be actioned within 2 working days and Emergency repairs will look to be actioned within 24 hours, during a Government Lockdown with restrictions these times may be unavoidably delayed. 

Where possible tenants are requested to provide photograph’s of any faults or repair issues within the property and of faulty appliances where make and model numbers are also required. These can be provided via email along with the best contact telephone number for the contractor to use for contact. 

In the case of a:

GAS EMERGENCY: The Gas Emergency number is 0800 111 999 If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, or are worried that fumes containing carbon monoxide are escaping from a gas appliance, please call the free Gas Emergency Services emergency line immediately.

ELECTRIC EMERGENCY: The Electrical Emergency number is 105 In the event of an electrical emergency or power outage please call 105 from your mobile or landline and the telephone service will automatically direct you to the network distributor's emergency number for your area.105 is a free service, available from most landlines and mobile phones in England, Scotland and Wales.

It is essential that the property is properly ventilated throughout the whole year, drying of washing in a property with windows closed will cause condensation and lead to mould growth. As the tenant you are responsible for ensuring the property is adequately ventilated at all times and any problems caused and repair costs incurred by not doing so will be charged to the tenant/s.

Pouring of kitchen fat and waste down sinks will cause blockages and expensive repairs, the cost of which will be charged to the tenants

No wipes/wet wipes are to be flushed down any toilet. In the event that a blockage occurs as a result of such wipes being flushed down any of the toilets, the tenant will be charged the full cost of unblocking the toilet and/or drains.

Lost keys - make sure that you make arrangements for spare keys. During office hours 9am to 5pm we may be able to lend you a set of keys by paying a returnable deposit. Out of office hours you would need to contact a locksmith to gain entry and this is payable by the tenant/s.

Tenants should familiarize themselves with the locations of the utility meters, water stop tap and electricity fuse box. In the event of a major water leak in the property tenants should immediately turn off the water supply at the stop tap and contact the agent for further advice. In the event of the loss of electric/power in the property first check that all fuses are in the up position on the fuse board. If an appliance such as a lamp or charger has caused the electrics to trip you will need to switch off all plugs at the sockets then reset the main fuse on the fuse board. One by one switch on each socket to find the faulty appliance/device and remove. If a contractor is instructed to attend and finds the fault is linked to a tenants device or appliance the full costs incurred for the call out will be charged to the tenant/s.

A tenant is expected to purchase and replace light bulbs, fuses and smoke alarm batteries.

If the property is fitted with a boiler tenants are expected to set controls and re-pressurise boilers themselves and should familiarize themselves with the operating instructions upon move in.

If the property is fitted with ECO7/Storage Heaters/Electric Heating tenants are expected to set controls and should familiarize themselves with the operating instructions upon move in.

If you request a contractor to visit and the contractor finds no fault or it has been caused by tenant negligence, misuse or error, the full amount invoiced is payable by the tenant/s.

If relevant tenants should keep the gardens, driveways, pathways, lawns, hedges, rockeries and ponds regularly maintained and as neat, tidy and properly tended as they were at the start of the tenancy. Tenants are not permitted to remove any trees or plants without prior written permission.

Tenants must ​​​ensure the property is adequately locked and secured including windows and gates. The Landlord or Landlords Agent must be informed if you are to be away for any length of time exceeding 2 weeks. 

Tenants contents are not covered by the landlord's insurance and will need to make sure their own contents are insured, a free no obligation quote can be provided for you at www.tenantsquote.co.uk/3929

TENANCY RENEWAL 

All tenancies are initially Let on a 6 month term, unless instructed otherwise by the Landlord, approximately 2 months before the end of the tenancy term we will contact you, via email, about renewing the tenancy and if your property is Managed arrange for a Renewal Inspection to be carried out. Once completed and you have responded your proposed renewal term will be put to the Landlord and once a response has been received you will be notified of this.  

Renewal terms are usually on a 12 month basis but 6, 12, 18 or 24 can be proposed but won’t necessarily be accepted, if this is the case then a negotiation of terms will take place until an agreement can be made. If both parties agree, new tenancy documents will be drawn up and as at "Move In" all tenants will be required to electronically sign all renewal documents.

If you do not respond to our communications about renewing your tenancy it will be presumed that you will be vacating the property when the fixed term ends and we will begin to remarket and show prospective tenants around the property, of which you will always receive at least 24 hour’s notice of. 

A tenancy is for a fixed period of time but if you need to vacate early, you are responsible for paying the rent for the whole period that you committed to. Under certain circumstances a tenancy can be allowed to come to an end early however you will be responsible for the landlords re-letting fees (Minimum of £525) and the rent and bills on the property until a new tenant takes up occupation. 

MOVING OUT

Once a tenants notice to vacate has been received we will email confirmation of the end date of the tenancy along with the Checkout Guidelines and Form for you to complete. On the last day of your tenancy you will need to return to our office your completed Checkout Form along with all sets of keys you hold for the property, you will be responsible for paying rent until you return ALL sets of keys. Once all keys and completed Checkout Form have been received we will arrange for a member of staff to carry out the Checkout Inspection, to avoid any risks of confrontation or volatile situations and for the welfare of staff and tenants alike tenants are not permitted to attend.

Once the checkout inspection has been completed you will receive a copy of the report for your agreement and once you have agreed to the contents of the report and any proposed deductions, if relevant, the process of returning your deposit to you will begin and you will receive any monies due usually within 21 days of the figures being agreed.  

Remember it can be expensive if we have to arrange cleaners, decorators or any repairs which have to be deducted from the deposit so tenants are advised to complete your own check-out report before you vacate the property and also take photos to demonstrate the contents, cleanliness and condition they are leaving the property in before you finally leave and compare the results to the original inventory given and agreed to at the start of your tenancy.

Once notice has been given if the Landlord has instructed us to do so we will begin to remarket the property for rental, Paul will attend to take up to date photographs of the property along with a walk through video tour. You will need to ensure the property is clean and presentable for viewings, of which you will receive at least 24 hour’s notice of.

 

 

REPORTING MAINTENANCE

 

Managed Properties:

Call 02476 258492 option 3, voicemail service in operation

Or

Email admin@covagent.co.uk

Outside of Business Hours:

Report all maintenance issues in the same way.

All messages & emails are picked up periodically and any maintenance issue deemed an emergency will be actioned.

All other issues will be actioned on the next working day.

On occasion a text service is available at 07526534125 but this must not be solely relied upon when reporting urgent or emergency issues as it is not always manned.

Let Only Properties:

All maintenance issues need to be reported directly to your Landlord on the telephone number or email provided at move in.

 

 

This Tenants Guide forms part of our tenants terms and conditions when accepting a tenancy with Paul Chillingsworth Homes and should be read prior to signing any documentation to ensure agreement and compliance of. 

 

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