Tips For Tenants

Greenwood James understands that renting a property can be a daunting prospect. Our team of qualified staff with years of experience are here to help and guide you along the way.

All our rental properties are available here on our website and also via Rightmove and On The Market. But.. be quick, the rental market is fast moving and quality properties are snapped up.

Once you have found a property that you are interested in, contact us to arrange a viewing, be flexible with times and dates, many properties are marketed in the last month of an existing tenancy and notice must be given to the current tenant for viewings. You may need to take time out of work to secure a property that you like. Viewings are not conducted at night and therefore weekend appointments are booked up quickly. A more flexible viewer may pip you to the post.

It is always beneficial to both you, Greenwood James and your prospective Landlord that criteria’s are established prior to viewing, such as: Do you have any pets? Are you in full time employment and if so do your earnings meet the levels required to rent? the general rule of thumb for this being - multiply the rental asking price per calendar month by 12 months and again by 2.5, this will give the figure you are required to earn per year to meet the referencing criteria and leave you with sufficient monies to pay other outgoings such as utilities and council tax.

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Having found a suitable house or flat to rent, what happens next?

We will ask you to complete an application form with a Holding Deposit (per tenancy) One week's rent. This is to reserve a property. Please Note: This will be withheld if any relevant person (including any guarantor(s)) withdraw from the tenancy, fail a Right-to-Rent check, provide materially significant false or misleading information, or fail to sign their tenancy agreement (and / or Deed of Guarantee) within 15 calendar days (or other Deadline for Agreement as mutually agreed in writing).

We will then begin the administrative process of requesting references on your behalf, full guidance notes on the process will be supplied to you

Information required includes

  • Previous landlords – you will be asked to give the details of where you have lived within the last 3 years
  • A credit check will be conducted.
  • Your bank details – including bank name, account number and sort-code
  • Details of your employment – your employer, job title, payroll number, salary, previous employer, etc.

Sometimes referencing decisions will require you to provide a guarantor if for example your earnings are not quite enough to cover the rental payments or if you have only recently started in your job. Your guarantor will be required to undergo the checks as above to enable you to achieve the appropriate rating set by the referencing agency. They will be expected to pay the rental should there be any default during the tenancy and they will also be held responsible for the upkeep of the property. Do not worry if this situation does apply to you, it is not uncommon and we will be able to explain the details at every step of the way.

There are likely to be further questions you may have, many will be answered in the Government guide "How to rent" which can be viewed by clicking HERE. Alternatively, contact our team on 01204 396357.

In compliance with local authority guidelines, there are restrictions on the total number of people that may occupy a given rental property. Our guidelines allow two people per bedroom as long as that room is at least 10.2 square meters in size. Bedrooms of 6.5 square meters are suitable for one person. These guidelines are to prevent overcrowding and are in keeping with the limitations of the property.

Greenwood James are members of The Property Ombudsman (TPO) redress scheme. We abide by the TPO code of conduct.

We have Client Money Protection Insurance(CMP) provided via ARLA PropertyMark.