Steps to renting

Renting a property through Cantell & Co is simple with the help of professional and experienced letting agents. You will have the continuity of one person looking after you through the referencing and moving in process. All costs are discussed upfront and we will provide you with a ‘How to Rent’ guide which explains the process in detail; very useful if you are new to renting.

Finding the right property

Decide on a budget, what you are comfortable spending each month factoring in your utility bills and the council tax.

Look at your preferred move in date – most properties are shown 6 to 8 weeks before their availability date – though some may be available sooner.

You probably have an idea of number of bedrooms needed, your ideal location and the length of tenancy you would like.

Let us know all of the above and we can help you find a good match

Making an offer

Once we have helped you find a property you like –

Let us know the level of your offer, your proposed move in date and how long you wish the tenancy to be for.

You may have conditions of an offer, for instance that the bedroom is painted; make it clear in writing what you are basing your offer on.

Offer accepted

We will ask you to make a commitment deposit – usually for two weeks rent, once received the property will be taken off the market and this will be taken off the first month’s rent.

At this stage we ask for our administration fee of £180.00 inclusive of VAT and a referencing of £28.20 inclusive of VAT per person.

For details of all current fees payable by our tenants, please reference ‘What else you should know.’ – at the bottom of this page.

The Process

Whilst we have received the above monies we will start the referencing – this will be undertaken by an independent referencing company.

We prepare and send you the Tenancy Agreement to sign, this should always be read very carefully and do not hesitate to call us if you have any queries before signing.

And we will be busy organising a professional clean and booking an independent inventory clerk who will note the condition of the property you are moving into.

Before your move in day we will need your move in monies as cleared funds in our account, which include a security deposit of 6 weeks’ rent and the rest of your first month’s rent.

What else you should know

We register your security deposit with MYDEPOSITS a government approved scheme and we safe guard it in a protected bank account. You will be sent a Deposit Certificate with the details on it.

The independent inventory company will accurately catalogue the condition of the property and any furniture before you move in.  This is to safe guard you and your Landlord in case of any perceived or actual damage during your tenancy.  At the end of your tenancy, we will talk you through what condition you are expected to leave the property in.

We ask the Landlord to pay for the independent clerk to check you in and you the tenant to pay for the check out.

We encourage all Landlords to have a full professional clean before you move in and when they do, you will have to pay for the same standard of clean as you leave.

Management of your property will either be by your Landlord directly, in which case we will provide you with their contact details, or by Cantell & Co.  If your property is managed by us, we will provide you with a number that you can contact us on 24 hours a day.

Utility Bills and Council Tax are your responsibility during the tenancy term. You will need to inform the utility companies that you are now responsible for the bills, and let the council know you are the occupiers. Although insuring the building itself is the landlord’s responsibility, it is a good idea to insure your own possessions.

This list is intended to provide you with an estimate of the costs of renting through us.  It provides information on the standard costs, inclusive of VAT, payable to us as your landlord’s agent.  Some of these may be variable depending on the size of the property; the terms of the tenancy agreement and the landlord’s instructions to us.

 Fees due once your offer is accepted, before you move in (Move In Monies):

Administration fee – this covers the preparation of the tenancy agreement & organising all referencing requirements: £180.00 inclusive of VAT.

Referencing: £28.80 inclusive of VAT per tenant.

A commitment deposit equivalent to two weeks’ rent is payable to confirm your offer.  If you subsequently retract your offer, this money could be passed to the Landlord as compensation for loss of rental income.

You will also need to pay the equivalent of six weeks’ rent to be held for the term of the tenancy as a security deposit, and the balance of the first month’s rent before the keys will be released to you.  The security deposit will be registered with MyDeposits, which is government-registered scheme, and held in a protected bank account.

Fees during the tenancy or upon renewal of a tenancy:

Tenancy renewal administration fee: £90.00 inclusive of VAT.

Contractor’s appointments: £90.00 inclusive of VAT per hour for attendance in place of the tenant.

We reserve the right to make a charge for any tenancy swap and/or additional tenants on an existing tenancy agreement, where this has been agreed by the landlord.

Fees when you move out:

Professional clean: the cost of this will vary, depending on the size of the property.  The Landlord is responsible for the same at the start of the tenancy.

Check Out Clerk: again this will vary, depending on the size of the property.  The Landlord is responsible for the cost of the Check In at the start of the tenancy.

Cantell and Co do not charge any referral fees or % uplift on contractor’s invoices.

Cantell and Co are members of Client Money Protect www.clientmoneyprotect.co.uk

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