TENANT RENTING GUIDE

OUR 7 STEP PROPERTY RENTING GUIDE

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WHERE, WHAT, WHEN & BUDGET

STEP 1 - FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY

One of the first steps is to decide where you want to live. You should consider transport links, amenities, schools or property prices.

Nottingham offers a wide range of choices, from quiet residential towns such as Ruddington or Arnold, more central towns like West Bridgford, or living in the City Centre.  

Next consider what type of property would you like to rent and do you have specific requirements such as en-suite. Room size, property and facilities will all impact the price.

When do you want to move?  You should look for your new property at least a month before moving.

What is your budget? Knowing what you can spend per month is crucial when choosing the perfect property.

STEP 2 - BOOK A PROPERTY VIEWING

The second step is to BOOK A VIEWING. You can do this by contacting any of our friendly team over the phone, email or popping into our office and we will offer you a range of viewing times and dates to suit your schedule.  You can SEARCH OUR AVAILABLE PROPERTIES HERE. If you need some advice in finding a suitable property, can also discuss your requirements with any of our office staff who will assist you with finding a suitable property. Once booked, we will confirm the property time and address with you by sending you a confirmation text. We can also send a confirmation email if this is required. At the viewing we will show you;
  • The advertised room and its content. The majority of our rooms are fully furnished with a bed, wardrobe, drawers. Some also have a desk and chair. 
  • For house shares we will show you the communal areas of the property and any additional storage areas available.

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BOOK A VIEWING



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SECURING THE PROPERTY


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STEP 3 - SECURING THE PROPERTY

The next step is SECURING THE ROOM. Because of the high demand, our rooms fill very quickly so once you have found your desired property it is important to act fast to avoid disappointment! To apply, we require the following forms of ID:
  • Photo ID (Passport or Driving License)
  • Proof of Address – EXAMPLES
  • Proof of Income
  • One month most recent bank statement with the front sheet
You can bring these documents to us in person or via email; enquiries@sherrattonline.co.uk and you can also apply online via our ONLINE APPLICATION where you can upload photos/scans of your documents of documents.   You can be assured, throughout the application process, we will store and delete your details in line with standard GDPR procedures. Once we have received all the required documentation, you will need to pay your property deposit which will be made clear on the property advert, seen before you arranged your viewing.

STEP 4 - PAYING THE DEPOSIT

The next step is to PAY THE DEPOSIT. A deposit amount will be decided by the landlord before the property is advertised. The deposit can be used at the end of the tenancy for charges included but not limited to; damage, cleaning and outstanding rent. We require a deposit at this stage of the process to enable us to confidently take further steps in your application. Once the deposit is paid FUTURE VIEWING BOOKINGS AND ADVERTISING WILL BE CANCELLELD whilst we begin your reference checks.

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PROCESSING YOUR
APPLICATION

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STEP 5 - PROCESSING YOUR APPLICATION

Our dedicated office staff will process your application which can take up to 7 days but is usually faster. Please let us know if you urgently need to move before this. Our process consists of 3 checks;

    • A previous landlord reference check to assess suitability. 
    • Next of Kin check to confirm with your next of kin they are happy for us to store their number and contact them in case of an emergency. We are required to do this in line with GDPR
    • Employer reference check to confirm you are an employee at your stated place of work.

Furthermore, in the application process;

    • We require tenants to have no criminal record
    • For a room in a house share, we don’t usually perform credit checks
    • Students and unemployed people are required to pay a minimum of 3 months rent in advance, sometimes more depending on the landlords requirements. 
    • For those self-employed, we need 6 months evidence of ability to pay the rent

STEP 6 - SIGNING THE TENANCY AGREEMENT

The tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract that sets out the agreement between the landlord and tenant.

It sets out the terms and conditions of the tenancy.

Each contract is personal to the tenant and ensure the rights of both the tenant and landlord.

For example, the tenancy agreement will give you your right to occupy the property and gives the landlord their right to receive the rent.

Both the landlord (or agent on behalf of) and tenant are required to sign the agreement. If a guarantor is required for your tenancy, they will need to sign the tenancy agreement as well.

Other important information included in the tenancy agreement is the rent price, payment date, utilities included and length of tenancy.

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SIGNING THE TENANCY AGREEMENT



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COLLECT YOUR KEYS

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STEP 7 - COLLECT YOUR KEYS

Once we have received your documents and deposit payment, subject to your application passing the checks, we will arrange a time and date for you to sign your contract and collect your keys. This can usually be done at the time of signing the tenancy agreement. We are unable to release the keys to you until we have received the agreed cleared funds (rent and deposit) in our account. CONGRATULATIONS!  Its time to move into your new home!