At White Estates, we let and manage a variety of furnished and unfurnished properties throughout Kensington & Chelsea area. All security deposits are held in a designated Clients Account and fully bonded and protected by the DPS.
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Please keep in mind that a range of checks on all prospective tenants will be carried out and we will require at least six weeks's rent as a deposit and rent in advance.
Although Letting Agents have different procedures, this guide is intended as a general overview to assist you when renting a property. We have set out below a few significant pointers to assist you.
Agreeing the Let
- As soon as your offer has been accepted by the Landlord, we will apply for references and draw up the relevant documentation which will form the basis of the agreement between you and the Landlord.
You will be expected to provide:
- IDENTIFICATION/PROOF OF RESIDENCY
- All tenants must show proof of address. Only the following forms of identification are accepted:
- Utility bill (less than 3 months old)
- Full driving license
- Council tax bill (less than 3 months old)
- Mobile phone bill (less than 3 months old)
White Estates or our referencing agency will also contact your employer and your Landlord (if you are in rented accommodation already). If you are self employed we will need to contact your accountant. A credit check will also be conducted.
To assist us in collating the necessary references, it would be advantageous for you to advise the above individuals in advance that references are required as these can be return to us within a matter of a few days, barring any delays.
Occasionally, a GUARANTOR will be required if, for example the Tenant has not been continuously employed; the tenants’ income falls short of our criteria or the tenants’ employment is considered as changeable. The Guarantor Agreement charge will be £30 including VAT
Tenancy Agreement – An appointment will be arranged with you to visit our offices to sign the Tenancy Agreement when all references have been received. The Landlord will also be asked to sign their copy of the document.
Rent and Deposit – You will be required to provide the agreed sum of rent and deposit before taking possession of the property.
The deposit is required for the full tenancy against loss, damage or charges payable at the termination of the tenancy, this is usually the equivalent of six week's rent. The deposit will be held by White Estates in their designated clients’ account/ DPS and is fully bonded. It is returnable in full at the end of the tenancy subject to final inspection of the property and it should be noted that deductions will also be made for cleaning should the property (and garden areas) not have been left in a satisfactory condition.
Fees - We charge an application fee of £210 including VAT which is non-refundable, even if a tenancy is refused on the grounds of references or if the tenant withdraws from taking the property. Where there are more than two tenants an additional amount per tenant inclusive of VAT will be charged. A fee of £60 including VAT is charged to the tenant for renewal of all fixed term tenancies.
Company Let - Company applications are acceptable where the company will be paying the rent. The fee will be £210 including VAT.
Please note that all monies to be paid on the signing of the agreement prior to the occupation and should be paid by bankers draft, or transferred to our account.
There is a 3% surcharge to pay using your debit/ credit card.
Check in and Condition Report - If we have been instructed by the Landlord, a Condition Report will be prepared of your new home and a convenient appointment will be made with the Inventory Clerk to carry out a Check In report to coincide with your move in day.
All information is provided in good faith. It does not replace the advice of a qualified legal advisor.
Other Points of Interest:
1. The Tenant will be responsible for insuring their own possessions
2. The Tenant will take over all utilities such as Gas, Electricity, Water/Sewage charges, Council Tax & Telephone upon moving into the property and will be responsible for contacting the relevant suppliers accordingly prior to commencement of the tenancy.
3. The Landlord is responsible for any repair/maintenance problems to appliances etc, but the Tenant is responsible for any breakages which should be reported immediately.
4. Decoration of the property must only be done with your Landlord’s permission.
5. No pets are allowed unless the Landlord has given consent.
6. Reasonable notice should be given in the event that the Letting Agent or Landlord wishes to inspect the property outside pre-agreed times.
7. Should you wish to quit your Tenancy earlier than the agreed term, you will be liable for all rent until the end of the agreed Tenancy. However, it may be worth considering negotiating a BREAK CLAUSE with the Landlord which, for example, could entitle you to give notice after 4 months.
In this case, you would only be liable for the rent for the notice period of 2 months, releasing you from the remaining 6 months of a 12 month Tenancy.
8. The deposit is returned subsequent to the final inspection of the property. Letting agents generally encourage Landlords to employ a professional inventory agent to conduct the inspection and produce a report as to the condition of the interior at the beginning of the Tenancy and again at the end. In most cases, the deposit will be returned once any damages are ascertained by the Tenant/Landlord/Inventory Clerk and appropriate deductions agreed.
9. The most common type of Tenancy Agreement is the assured shorthold used for 6-12 month lets and usually takes the form of a standard contract between both parties.
However, should any “extras” be agreed such as certain furnishings to be provided by the Landlord, you should ask that an extra clause be added to the agreement to this effect. It should be noted that the Landlord is not obliged to carry out promises so it is important that your requests are documented.
10. We will deal with the property viewings, references, agreements and getting you moved in. If we manage the property then you will normally report any repairs or queries to us. If not, then you will deal directly with the Landlord.
11. As Letting Agents, whilst acting for the Landlord, we operate within accepted guidelines in the industry to ensure that you are able to rely on a professional service taking your concerns seriously and advising the Landlord if they are being unreasonable.