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GUIDE TO TENANTS

Step 1. Making an Offer & Agreeing a Tenancy

If you like the property after the viewing and wish to make an offer we require the following information so we can put forward your rental offer to the Landlord:

- Any special requests, such as: redecoration, pets, smoking, furnishings or household equipment. Itís best to deal with these issues at the beginning of the negotiations to avoid later disappointments. 
- A move in date, the Term of the Tenancy and any break clauses (when you can give notice).
- Is the Tenancy being taken by a company or by an individual?  If individual, what is the source of your income ie: employed, self-employed or on benefits.
- Do you have a poor financial record? CCJs or bankruptcy. 
- Who will be living in the property?   
 
Once an offer has been accepted, you will then receive an e-mail with details of the next steps and a copy of the How to Rent Guide and Referencing Consent form.  

Step 2. Online Application Form

Firstly we will request the applicant(s) to complete an online application form. Information required will include information about the applicantís employment/accountant, previous living, Landlords details and contact details.  Further information to provide evidence of the income may be requested by the Referencing Agency. 

Step 3. Payment of Holding Deposit

- The application form will be reviewed and before the referencing checks are initiated, we will request payment of the Holding Deposit equal to one weekís rent. 
- Full Tenant referencing checks are then completed by an Independent Referencing Agency. 

Step 4. Right to Rent Checks

- Under the Government Right to Rent rules we are required to view your original ID and take photocopies copies for our records for all adults who intend to reside in the property to show they can legally rent in the UK.
- We will request that you visit our office with your ID and proof of address. 

Step 5. Tenancy Agreement

- We shall prepare the Tenancy Agreement which will be sent to both the Landlord and Tenant. The Tenancy Agreement should be agreed within 15 days from when the Holding Deposit is received or later by mutual agreement. 
- Prior to the signing of the Tenancy Agreement the Deposit and first monthís rent must be received in cleared funds.  

Step 6. Inventory & Check In

- We will arrange with the Tenant a date for the check in. 
- The Check in under normal circumstances will be carried out by an independent Inventory provider and the Tenants will sign a check in declaration accepting the true condition of the property.   
- The check in will take from 1 to 2 hours to complete depending on the size of the property and keys will be released and utility meters read where practical. 
- The Tenant should not attempt to move any items in to the property until after the completion of the check in, so this should be remembered when arranging the delivery of the tenantís possessions.
- Once we have received the inventory of Condition a copy will be sent to the Tenant to check.  Any errors should be notified to our office within 7 days.

Redress Scheme: Howlands Sales & Lettings Ltd is a member of The Property Ombudsman. 
 
Client Money Protection: Howlands Sales & Lettings Ltd is a member of the Propertymark Client Money Protection scheme.
 

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