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What is the Referencing procedure and why is it needed?

The Referencing Process is conducted by a third party and serves as the first safeguard for the agent/landlord. Usually, once we have started the process on our end, you will receive an email and you will have to fill a form. Based on your answers, we will receive a report and recommendations regarding your ability to pay your rent.

What is 'Right to Rent' and how does it affect me?

Implemented throughout England in 2016 wants to ensure that people renting in England have the legal right to be here. The Right to Rent law requires landlords and letting agencies to verify the identity of each applicant before signing an agreement. We will ask to see your passport or other official documents that prove your immigration status. We must take copies of the documents and keep the copies safe. Current or expired passports are acceptable documents for British, Irish and EU citizens.If you cannot prove the legal right to live in England, we will not be able to offer you a property.

You have the right to rent if you are:

– British citizen

– a citizen of a country in the EU or EEA

– a citizen of another country with no time limits on your permission to live in the UK (such as indefinite leave to remain)

You can have a time-limited right to rent if there’s a time limit on your permission to stay in the UK. This is likely if you have a visa:

– for work

– to study

– as a husband, wife or civil partner of someone settled in the UK

The time-limited right to rent also applies if you have humanitarian protection, limited leave or discretionary leave to remain.

You can read the full guide here.

What is the Holding Deposit?

When you agree to rent a property, you will be asked to pay a holding deposit. We will hold the property for you until you sign the contract and it will be used as payment towards rent in advance or your tenancy deposit.

We advise you to inform yourself on the refund policies as in many cases the holding deposit is not refundable.

How to rent when you receive Housing Benefits?

Although many private landlords are reluctant to rent to Housing Benefits recipients, there are few ways you can attempt to convince them:

– Explain your housing history and offer a record of rental history and references. Explain why you want to line in that property and why are you a good tenant. Do not start by asking if the landlord accepts DSS.

– Prove you can pay the rent by bringing proof of income and housing benefits confirmation letter. Also, you can offer to pay an extra month of advance rent or provide a guarantor.

– Ask someone to do the talking and negotiate for you, like a friend or colleague who feels more at ease at fact presentation and negotiations.

– Find landlords who accept housing benefit through your local council which has a list with such private landlords.

How can I end a fixed-term tenancy early?

You cannot end a fixed-term tenancy agreement early unless there is a break clause in the agreement allowing you to give early notice (terms are specified in the Agreement and it is expected to be done in writing) or your landlord agrees you to leave (known as ‘surrendering’).

The Tenancy Agreement does not end even if you leave early.

Abandonment, or leaving without a notice, can include:

– posting the keys through the letterbox

– leaving and not going back

– just telling the landlord that you’re leaving

You will not be exempted from paying the rent until your end date your tenancy. Your landlord can ask for a court order to make you pay what you owe. If you’ve abandoned a tenancy or have rent arrears it can be harder to find a new home.

It’s not abandonment if you get your landlord’s agreement to end your tenancy early.

What is an Inventory and why is it important?

An Inventory is a list including everything that the landlord provides in the property at the beginning of your tenancy. It also includes description of the state of the property and its amenities, taking note of what has been damaged or worn before you move in.

It would be useful to take pictures before you move in because they can help settle disputes at the end of tenancy, especially related to the security deposit.

Check the inventory before signing and ensure that everything is included or that there are no extra items.

Also, it is useful to keep a record of everything you have damaged and/or replaced as well as any correspondence between you and the landlord and/or agent.

What is a Joint Tenancy?

Joint tenancies are common in shared homes and it means that every person living there has signed one Tenancy agreement when moving in.

Your right and obligations are the same; you are all equally responsible to pay the rent, bills and keep the property in good condition. At the end of the tenancy, the landlord can keep a part or the complete security deposit if there are damages or rent arrears, even if it is not your fault.

No tenant in a joint tenancy cannot be evicted without evicting everybody else sharing the property. If you want to continue an expired agreement without the other tenants, you can negotiate a new tenancy agreement.

How will I recover my security deposit?

After the check-out is completed, the property has been cleaned to a satisfactory standard and we have received instructions regarding the deposit from the landlord, the money will be returned to your account, less any agreed deductions.

This typically takes 10 working days and generally no more than 28 days.

If your question is still not answered, please contact your Property Manager directly.

What is a Joint Tenancy?

Joint tenancies are common in shared homes and it means that every person living there has signed one Tenancy agreement when moving in.

Your right and obligations are the same; you are all equally responsible to pay the rent, bills and keep the property in good condition. At the end of the tenancy, the landlord can keep a part or the complete security deposit if there are damages or rent arrears, even if it is not your fault.

No tenant in a joint tenancy cannot be evicted without evicting everybody else sharing the property. If you want to continue an expired agreement without the other tenants, you can negotiate a new tenancy agreement.

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