At HF Lettings we pride ourselves on the proactive approach we take to helping you find the right property for your needs. As a dedicated Lettings team, our sole responsibility is ensuring that you are happy in your home and that the property is being cared for. Having these two vital elements in place ensures a smooth running, efficient tenancy for both you and your landlord. With regular maintenance and property visits, if a problem is identified, you can be assured that it will be dealt with quickly and professionally.
If you decide you want to choose HF Lettings to find your new home, then there is a particular process that we follow when organising a tenancy. We've compiled a guide to help you assess what exactly is involved and required of you in these initial stages.
We will need to obtain references to establish employment, financial and credit status. This is conducted through a professional credit referencing company, and usually takes 3-5 working days; the time scale generally depending on how quickly employers or accountants respond to their enquiries. We will supply you with a form to complete in order to conduct the references.
|Applicant Type||Rental up to £0-£1999 pcm||Rental over £2000 pcm|
|Single Occupant||£150 Inc VAT||£180 Inc VAT|
|Applicant Occupant||£150 Inc VAT||£180 Inc VAT|
|Guarantor (if applicable)||£150 Inc VAT||£180 Inc VAT|
This fee covers the cost of obtaining your references. The fee amount depends on the monthly rent which falls into one of the following bands:
If for any reason the Tenancy does not proceed, this fee is non-refundable. However, in the unlikely event of the property having to be unexpectedly withdrawn from the market, by the Landlord, this would be refundable.
For each property there will be a fee of £180 inc VAT towards the initial legal and administration costs. There will also be a fee of £90 inc VAT payable towards the cost of tenancy agreement renewals.
As our commitment to you; when we receive the referencing fee we will classify the property as 'under offer' and not conduct any further viewings. Therefore, if your planned move in date is more than 6 weeks away, the landlord may require half a month's rent in order to demonstrate your commitment to proceeding with the Tenancy. This amount would then be deducted from your first monthly payment.
Tenants may wish to take out insurance to cover their own possessions, Landlord's insurance does not cover tenants' possessions. Tenants may wish to insure their own belongings. We do however require you to obtain accidental damage insurance to cover the landlord's possessions and fixtures and fittings. If you choose to arrange your cover independently, we will need a copy of the cover note or schedule on signing the tenancies.
Along with your first month's rent, required as cleared funds in advance of move in, we will require a deposit to secure against damage to the property. As required by law, these monies are held in a Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme. This Scheme ensures your interests are protected and, although the situation is rare, will give you peace of mind that disputes over the return of deposits at the end of the Tenancy can be resolved quickly. Full details of the scheme will be supplied in due course. The amount of the deposit required will depend on the type of property and your credit status, but typically, is 6 weeks rent or two months if you have pets.
These will be required by standing order, payable monthly in advance. We will supply you with a standing order mandate to complete. Very occasionally, when there are financial or credit status concerns, landlords will require 6 month's rent in advance, rather than the standard 1 month. This would of course be discussed and agreed with you well in advance. Full details of all these requirements will be given to you when appropriate, we are always happy to answer questions or reassure you as to the progress of your Tenancy at any time. We aim to provide all the guidance you need to ensure the smooth commencement of your Tenancy.