Tenants guide to renting

Looking for the ideal property can be a daunting task. The below guide covers the basics of renting a property, talk to one of our experts if you need further assistance.


Where are you looking?

If you’re not already set on an area, we would recommend doing some research into a few areas you like the look of. As well as online, you can also spend some time in each place, perhaps at different times of day, to explore what they have to offer.
Have a look through our area guides for more information about where we cover, including schools, transport, restaurants and local businesses.


Finding the right property

Now to the fun part! Register your interest so that you are the first to hear about new properties that come to the market. It’s good to know your requirements - how many bedrooms do you need; is outside space important; do you have requirements on which floor you need to live on; are you more interested in period conversions or new builds? Then you can start arranging viewings and having a look around.


Securing a property

Once you’ve found the perfect property you’ll need to submit an offer to us that we can put forward to the landlord. As well as your offer amount, we’ll need to know about bit you and what you do, as well as how long you’d like to rent the property and also your preferred move-in date.
Once terms have been agreed with the landlord we will request a holding deposit (1 weeks’ rent) to secure the property while we commence with referencing.



We use a referencing company called Van Mildert and you will need to provide them with details of your employment including salary and tenure. You will also need to give them your current/previous landlord’s information so they can collect a referencing from them. Van Mildert will also conduct a credit check on all tenants.


Right to Rent

You will need to provide us with copies of your passports as well as any relevant visas and/or Biometric Resident’s Permits. This is a requirement for all tenants, even if they are not named on the tenancy agreement.


Moving in

Subject to your referencing being approved by the landlord and your Right to Rent checks being satisfactory, we will collect the move-in monies (rent + deposit) and will hand over the keys the inventory clerk or to you on the start date of the tenancy agreement. Congratulations!