Tenants Renting Guide

At Regal Estates, we want to ensure that you find the ideal property to rent and at the right price.

If you’re thinking of renting property in Willesden Green or the surrounding North West London area get in contact today and our letting agents will help you through the renting process. Our lettings team have over 15 years’ experience renting properties in and around North West London, and have placed countless tenants in their perfect properties.

Below we have outlined the stages of successfully renting property.

Put together a budget

Budgeting will help you assess how much money you will need to secure a tenancy and manage costs once you have moved in. There are three main things to consider:

  • Rent: Rent payments will be the biggest expense every month. Also take into account the need to pay for food, travel and other essential bills without leaving yourself without any money each month.
  • Household bills: You may have additional bills to take care of such as gym memberships, car lease repayments etc. – but see how much you pay each month for council tax, energy bills, TV licence, broadband etc.
  • Security deposit: Before you move in you will have to pay a month’s rent in advance, along with a security deposit of up to 5 weeks (for annual rents under £50k) or 6 weeks (for annual rents over £50k).

Searching for a property

Once you have an idea of your monthly budget and property requirements you can start your online search. We have a varied portfolio of available properties via our website and on our partner portals RightmoveZoopla and OnTheMarket. Many of our properties are not advertised online therefore it is best you register with us.

There are a number of important things to consider when searching for a rental property, such as:

  • Do you need a bed/sofa/wardrobes etc. (furnished, part-furnished or unfurnished)?
  • Would you prefer a front/back garden?
  • Are you a vehicle owner in need of a parking space/garage?
  • Do you smoke (many rental properties do not allow this inside)?
  • Are you a pet owner (some landlords prefer not to allow pets)?
  • Will you need any facilities to support a disability?

While the property itself is the main priority, you also want to ensure the surrounding area offers all the amenities needed to support your lifestyle. This means looking at:

  • Transport links - local bus/train/underground routes
  • Schools – transport links/reputation
  • Nearby shops and supermarkets
  • Local doctors, dentists and hospitals
  • Entertainment – restaurants/bars/theatre/cinema
  • Parks and recreational spaces

Our Area Guides are a great way to find out this type of information.

Viewing the property

The next stage involves requesting a viewing of the property in person. If you see anything on our website or properties we have sent to you via email, you can call us on 020 8459 2530 to arrange a viewing. One of our letting negotiators will also be able to suggest any other suitable properties nearby that you may be interested in viewing.

We will arrange the viewing over the phone and will send you a text message and email confirming the property viewing. Please note that we will call you approx. 30 minutes before the appointment to confirm your attendance.

Once you arrive at the property, you will meet one of our letting negotiators who will guide you around the property, answering any questions you may have.

When you view the property, be sure to look at / ask about the following:

  • How much storage space is available (does it have a loft/basement)?
  • Is there enough space for any furniture you want to bring?
  • Are the taps, toilet and bath/shower working?
  • Can you see smoke alarms on every floor and is a carbon monoxide detector installed?
  • How recently were door/window locks installed – are they secure?
  • Is double/triple glazing installed (this improves insulation and reduces energy bills)?
  • Has broadband/telephone sockets been installed and are they active?
  • How strong is the Wi-Fi signal around the property?
  • Can you see any damages that need repair – is mould/damp present?

You should also ask about the local crime rate (you can also check online to get official statistics) as well as enquiring about neighbours and other residents (in a house share).

If you are interested in moving in, ask what the total amount to be paid will be (deposit/rent). Tenant fees are now illegal so you should not be asked to pay these.

Rental properties tend to come off the market very quickly, so it helps if you have already organised your references and have the money required to put down for the deposit and first month’s rent.

The final steps

When putting forward an offer for a property you can ensure you don’t miss out on the opportunity by being prepared to prove your identity, offer references and put down a holding deposit.

If you decide to put forward an offer, our lettings team will put your offer in writing and email across to the landlord. At the property viewing, we will tell you what information is required and agree upon furnishings and requirements which we will communicate across to the Landlord.

You will need to prove you are over 18 and hold a legal right to live in the UK – this is done by showing official proof of ID using documentation such as a passport/driver’s licence etc.

Once your offer has been accepted, you will need to make a holding deposit to secure the rental property. This can be paid via bank transfer, through our website or over the phone. This will take the property temporarily off the market while credit and reference checks are carried out. If all is fine, the holding deposit will be deducted from your first month’s rent. Your lettings negotiator will be able to provide more details on this.

We will then begin the referencing process to verify that you are in a position to continue paying the rent without issue throughout the duration of the tenancy. Our referencing process include employer, landlord, affordability and credit checks and we also require a 4 to 5 week deposit (no administration fees). Each property will require a different level of referencing so it’s best to discuss this with your lettings negotiator.

A full list of documentation requirements can be found here.

Once referencing is completed, we will draw up the contracts which can be signed in the office or digitally online. We will then arrange the key collection with you at your convenience.

Moving into the property

Once you have agreed a move in date, there are few final things to take care of before moving into your new home:

  • Contact your current landlord and give them full notice before getting your belongings prepared for moving out.
  • After paying your final month’s rent to your current landlord, set up a new standing order for the new tenancy – also start to transfer over broadband/utility details with a move-in date.
  • Be present for the inventory check before you move in so you can agree to and sign off the itemised list – you will them receive the keys and can start moving your belongings into the property.

If you’re looking to rent a property in Willesden Green, please contact us. With a wide selection of properties in North West London we’ll help you find the perfect  property suiting your needs and budget requirements. If you are looking for a professional letting agent and would like to know more about our services, feel free to give us a call to discuss your options.

Fees applying to all new tenancies from 1st June 2019

We may charge a tenant any or all of the following when required:

  • The rent
  • A security deposit with a maximum of 5 weeks rent, or 6 weeks on a property with rent over £50,000 per year
  • A holding deposit of no more than one weeks’ rent
  • Default fee for late payment of rent (after 14 days)
  • Reasonable charges for lost keys or security fobs
  • Payments associated with contract variation, at £50 or reasonable costs incurred if higher, when requested by the tenant
  • Payments associated with early termination of the tenancy, when requested by the tenant
  • Payments in respect of bills - utilities, communication services, TV licence, council tax and green deal or other energy efficiency charges.

You can view a schedule of fees here.

Fees applying to all pre-existing tenancies entered before 1st June 2019

We shall continue to apply the charges within the existing tenancy agreement until 31st May 2020.

Fees applying to all new tenancies from 1st June 2019

We may charge a tenant any or all of the following when required:

  1. the rent;
  2. a security deposit with a maximum of 5 weeks rent, or 6 weeks on a property with rent over £50,000 per year;
  3. a holding deposit of no more than one weeks’ rent;
  4. default fee for late payment of rent (after 14 days);
  5. reasonable charges for lost keys or security fobs;
  6. payments associated with contract variation, at £50 or reasonable costs incurred if higher, when requested by the tenant;
  7. payments associated with early termination of the tenancy, when requested by the tenant; and
  8. payments in respect of bills - utilities, communication services, TV licence, council tax and green deal or other energy efficiency charges.

Fees applying to all pre-existing tenancies entered before 1st June 2019

We shall continue to apply the charges within the existing tenancy agreement until 31st May 2020.

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