There’s a lot to think about when you are looking for a house or flat to rent. Your individual circumstances will determine what sort of rental property is right for you - and our experienced Lettings team is here to guide you every step of the way.
Your rental property search
We always start by understanding your reasons for renting and the factors that are most important to you. For example, if you’re looking for a long-term family home to rent, you will have different priorities to an individual who is relocating with work and just needs a stop-gap rental property. That’s why we take time to listen to your needs, so we can recommend the right sort of house or flat for you to rent.
Here’s a brief guide to the process involved in renting your ideal property:
1. Register your details
At the outset, we will ask you about what you’re looking for in a rental property and your top priorities – whether it's location, property size, price or any other factors. Are you looking for a furnished or unfurnished house or flat to rent? Do you have pets? Do you need to be in a particular school catchment area?
2. View rental properties
Go and see the properties we recommend. Always make a detailed inspection to see how well the property matches your wishlist. Remember that in the rental property market, the timescales are quite short. Landlords don’t like their properties to be vacant for long, so don’t start looking at rental properties too soon before you are ready to move. Let us know if you have a deadline for moving in.
Once you have found a house or flat that’s right for you to rent, you need to submit an application. We can help you create a tenant profile, detailing all tenants, any pets and any special requirements that you have. The landlord will then decide whether to accept you as a tenant, subject to references and signing all application paperwork.
Third-party reference checks are mandatory when you rent a property with Preston Baker. These usually include credit checks, financial checks and previous landlord references, if applicable. In some circumstances a guarantor will be required, who will be subject to the same reference checks.
5. Complete paperwork
After successful referencing, all legal paperwork is completed and the tenancy agreement is signed by all parties (including the guarantor, if applicable).
6. Pay deposit
We will take the deposit payment and the first term’s rent before your moving-in date. These funds must be cleared three days before you move in.
7. Move in.
We will hand over the keys to your new home on the agreed moving-in date. For most rental properties you will be given an inventory of items and a condition report for the property. You have seven days to check these and inform us of any inaccuracies.
For more help and advice, contact your local PB team now.