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.

  1. If you retract your offer your commitment deposit will be passed to the Landlord as compensation.

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. If you need a guarantor, at this stage this can arranged for no additional charge.

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.

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