Guidelines For Our Tenants
- Always use an agent who is regulated by a professional body – preferably ARLA, or RICS or NAEA.
- Give as much information on your requirements as possible when registering your details with a Letting Agency. This might include start date, anticipated lease length, size, location, permission for pets etc. and will help the agent find you a suitable property quickly.
- Ask to see a copy of a draft tenancy agreement when you are paying the holding deposit. This will ensure that you are fully aware of the terms you will be asked to sign against, such as the notice period.
- Ask to see a full breakdown of charges that you will be liable for before, during and after the tenancy. This can include possible charges for check out, renewing your lease, or requesting a reference for your next tenancy.
- Enquire as to whether a third party independent professional clerk will be undertaking a professional inventory and check in & out for the tenancy as this provides an impartial and thorough benchmark for the condition of the property.
- It is a good idea to take out a tenant’s contents insurance policy that covers accidental damage to landlord’s fixtures & fittings. Get some quotes but it should not cost anymore then a standard contents insurance policy.
- During your tenancy make sure any requests and permissions are recorded in writing or email. This provides a paper trail in the event of a dispute or misunderstanding.
- Find out if the Agent has an ‘out of hours’ emergency number. Who will be managing the property – a local office or is it out sourced to an office out of area?
- When preparing for check out follow the guidelines provided by your Landlord/Agent and refer to your check in report to make sure the property is being returned (allowing for wear and tear) in the same condition. If it is noted as professionally cleaned make sure it is returned to the same standard. Provide your Agent/Landlord with your bank details and forwarding address so your deposit can be returned as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
- Rent through an agent with a reliable & trustworthy reputation locally. It will make the experience, be it long or short term, much more enjoyable and less stressful.
To view a list of available rental properties from the Rochills portfolio please click on the ‘Search Now’ button.
For a full breakdown of our fees please scroll to the ‘Fees’ box below.
To download a copy of our current Fee Chart please click on the link below.
To download a copy of our Application Process please click on the button below.
To download a copy of our Tenant Guidelines please click on the button below.
Download Tenant Guidelines
I would just like to personally thank you for all your hard work in trying to find us a property. You are by far the most pro-active and honest estate agent we had working for us and you deserve credit for that.
Thanks againTom Gardner, James Gardner and Will Mody
Helpful Hints and Tips When Renting Your Property
If you can’t afford to buy, renting is cheaper. Right? Well, the latest figures show that might not be the case with average mortgage payments LESS than average rent payments. But does that mean buying a home costs less than renting? If you look at the...read more
It’s still worth taking the time to ask yourself exactly what you’re looking for before you seriously start your search. This will help you to firm up your requirements and narrow the options.read more
To successfully pass referencing you will firstly need to pass the affordability check. The calculation is normally that your gross annual salary would need to be at 30 times the monthly rent.read more
Your viewings are the prime opportunity get clarity on what you would be renting if you took the property so it’s vital to ask any questions you have.read more
At the start of any tenancy, an inventory check-in should be carried out. This audit is in two parts, the ‘inventory’ lists all of the items and the contents of the property and the ‘check-in’ lists the condition of all of those items at the start of the tenancy along with confirmation of meter readings and the number of keys handed over to the tenant/s.read more
With the lack of affordability in the property sales market, more and more of us are opting for renting. Renting is an option of choice for so many of us now because of the flexibility it offers:read more
The tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your landlord. It may be a written or spoken agreement. The tenancy agreement gives certain rights to both you and your landlord, for example, your right to occupy the accommodation and your landlord’s right to receive rent for letting the property.read more
Homeownership in the UK has fallen to the lowest level in 25 years and this has a lot to do with the rise in deposits required to secure a mortgage. House prices are around six times the average salary and following the outcry over irresponsible lending banks are demanding hefty deposits these days. So, how do you go about raising that elusive 20%?read more
Walton on Thames and Hersham Landlords and Tenants: What does the Tenant Fee Banning order mean for you? Tenant Fees set to banned within 12 to 18 months Rents due to rise as those fees passed to Landlords Landlords won’t be worse off – and neither will tenants or...read more
With increasing reports in the media of higher household bills, one way to save money and the environment is to save energy thereby paying less for your household bills. What is more important is moving in the direction of having a “eco-friendly” home. This according to some experts will improve the saleability of your home. The government’s implementation of the Energy Performance Certificates is one of the reasons for this introduction.read more