Information for Tenants
Our aim is to find you the perfect property to suit your requirements with the minimum of hassle.
Finding a property
The first step is to contact us to provide brief details about yourself and about the accommodation you require. We then search our database for suitable properties for you to view. If not urgent, we log your details so that we can contact you as suitable properties become available. It is wise to start looking about a month before you wish to move, as the nicer properties are viewed and reserved quickly. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months, which may be renewed if all parties are in agreement.
To view our selection of available properties to let please use the Property Search boxes on the right
To register your requirements please click on the Register tab above.
Please note that for your safety and peace of mind –
All of our managed properties are Gas Safe certificated and inspected for electrical safety, and furniture fire safety
All Tenancy Deposits (bonds) are held in accordance with the Deposit Protection Regulations.
Viewings will be arranged at times to suit you, including evenings and weekends, and you will invariably be accompanied by a member of staff, who can give advice and answer any questions you may have.
Fees to tenants
Upon reserving a property, applicants will be required to pay our agency fee as follows:
First applicant: £200. Subsequent applicants and/or any guarantor: £75. These charges cover our referencing and admin costs. We do not charge VAT. These charges are non-refundable.
In addition to the above charges, you will be required to pay a Holding Deposit (aka Reservation Deposit). This is usually a minimum of £500. Providing the tenancy goes ahead, this will be deducted from the first monthly rental and the tenancy deposit, which are due before you move in (see below).
In the event that the landlord declines to grant the tenancy, it will be refunded to you in full.
However the holding deposit will be non-refundable if you decide not to proceed for any reason, or if you fail to provide complete and accurate information in your application.
As a minimum, we will require satisfactory references from your employer (or college), a previous or current landlord, and a credit reference report.
We may also require a personal reference, and sometimes a guarantor. We may use the services of an independent referencing company to obtain and evaluate these references.
Rents are normally quoted calendar monthly, and payable monthly in advance. The tenant is usually also responsible for Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity and Telephone costs. All rents are payable by bank standing order to our company bank account or your landlord’s bank account.
A security deposit of a minimum of one month’s rental will normally be required. This deposit will be treated in accordance with the Tenancy Deposit Protection regulations, and you will be provided with the appropriate prescribed information and receive details regarding the scheme used. The deposit is held to cover damage, breakages, and any other liabilities under the terms of your tenancy agreement. Please note that under no circumstances can the deposit be used by the tenant to cover rent.
DURING YOUR TENANCY
Negotiating the extension of the tenancy, issuing new contracts for both parties to sign.
Amendment Fee £260.00
Amending terms and updating your tenancy agreement during your tenancy, includes Landlord reference and Deposit re-registration
Unpaid Rent/Returned Payments
Interest at 8% above Bank of England base rate from date due.
END OF TENANCY
Inventory Check Out £150.00-£300.00
Should a tenant not attend the agreed appointment for the check-in and check-out of the inventory and less than 24 hours’ notice is given, or the tenant is more than 30 minutes late for the appointment, the tenant will be liable for any reasonable additional charges made by the Inventory Clerk. (You will be advised of your move in/out arrangements near the time). The tenants named on the tenancy agreement are responsible for the check-out costs. Carl Specter’s will be instructed by the landlord as to what arrangements are to be made for the inventory and check-in. Unless agreed otherwise, the landlord will be responsible for the cost of the inventory and check-in.
Studio/1 Bedroom – £156.00
2 Bedrooms – £174.00
3 Bedrooms – £192.00
4 Bedrooms – £240.00
5 Bedrooms – £300.00
Landlord Reference £30.00
If requested and providing Carl Specter’s was managing the tenancy, we can supply onward references for tenants at the end of their tenancy.