Tenants guide to renting with VeeZed Residential
Renting has fantastic benefits, especially if you’re looking for a property that’s closer to work, schools or thriving neighbourhoods. Renting a property not only makes your monthly outgoings easier to predict and manage, but it can also save you money and the hassle of maintenance.
Moving into a new property or neighbourhood can be a stressful experience. There are lots of aspects that you will need to think about from car parking or transport links to facilities and security. Our tenants guide will provide advice and information to help you choose the type of rental property you’re looking for. At VeeZed Residential, we will do everything we can to make sure that your move is painless. We will listen to your needs and will try to source the right home for you.
Things to consider when looking for a rental property
The rental market tends to move fairly quickly, and you may find that pondering for too long will leave you a little disheartened as someone else agrees to move into the property before you. For that reason, it is important to make a list of things that are important to you and to react as soon as you find the right home.
- Do you need a parking space?
- How much storage space are you looking for?
- Are you looking for a large garden or one that is easy to maintain?
- How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?
- Would you like an open-plan kitchen and dining room or should they be separate?
- Does the property need a bath or are you happy with a shower?
- Are you looking for modern appliances (washer, dryer, washing machine etc)?
- Would you like a furnished property or unfurnished?
- Is the location more important than anything else?
One of the main benefits of renting is that you will not have to worry about high maintenance bills or unexpected repairs. We manage the property, which gives you peace of mind and allows you to easily budget for what you can afford.
At VeeZed Residential, we listen carefully to our tenants aiming to find the right property in the right location for their needs. We know the local area well and can help guide tenants with all the important factors from transport links, choosing the right school or particular local amenities.
As the rental marketing moves so quickly, you will need to book a viewing as early as possible. Under the right circumstances, we can hold the property for you on the day you view it. You will need to pay a deposit, but this is the best way to avoid disappointment.
The Reference Check
At the start of a new tenancy, all tenants require a reference check to ensure they are suitable to rent a property and have the means to reliably pay rent for the duration of the tenancy. It is a formality that any professional and ethical letting agent would need to carry out. After the necessary checks are made, VeeZed Residential will arrange for tenants to meet the landlord so that the tenancy agreements can be signed. The agreement is a legal document that sets out the responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord.
At Veezed Residential, the process is efficient and stress-free enabling you to take the keys and move into your new accommodation straight away.
If you choose to go ahead with the rental, we will take a £295+VAT holding deposit to secure the property whilst all the necessary checks and admin are carried out.
We will need to carry out checks such as:
- Receiving a copy of your valid passport or permit to show you have the rights to live in the UK.
- Taking a deposit worth 6 weeks rent plus 1 month’s rent in advance.
- Carrying out reference checks from your previous landlord.
- We may also ask for a valid payslip at the request of the landlord to ensure your income is sufficient enough to pay the rent.
An inventory will also be taken where you will be asked to sign before the tenancy.
At the start of every new tenancy, the landlord or agent should arrange for a full inventory of the property to be completed, which includes photographs/videos and highly specific details of its condition. This is highly recommended for the benefit of both tenant and landlord as it will help to resolve any disputes much more quickly and easily, especially if carried out by an independent firm. There will be an initial inventory and ‘check in’ which is usually paid for by the landlord, and a ‘check out’, the cost of which may be charged to the tenant on moving out.