The Rental Process

Finding a rental can be frustrating due to the fast pace with which properties come and go from the marketplace, not to mention completing the necessary steps from viewing to collecting your keys. This basic guide will give you an idea of what to expect.

1 Make an enquiry

If you haven’t seen anything on our website or the property portals that appeals, just give us a call because it may be that we know the property that matches your requirements is just around the corner. At Purdie & Swan, our prospective tenants get a phone call or email (your choice) before the property hits the portals.

3 Make an offer

Once you have found a property you love, it is time to take the leap of faith and make an offer. It is worth noting that at this stage you would likely want to agree the term of the rental as well as a start date. If your offer is successful, a reservation fee will be taken to secure the property. The property will then be taken off the market subject to contract and references. Half a month’s rent is a standard reservation fee. This fee is non-refundable should you withdraw from the property.

5 Moving Day

On the start date of your tenancy, we will ask you to visit the office to collect the following – a copy of inventory check in report to read, sign and return, a copy of the gas safety certificate, a copy of the energy performance certificate, proof of registration with the Deposit Protection Service and the contact details of who to contact with any queries during your tenancy. Some properties we manage ourselves, and sometimes the landlord likes to do it. Finally, and most excitingly we suspect… we can give you the keys!

2 Arrange a viewing

Arrange with our friendly team to visit the property. Floorplans and photos are fantastic, but nothing makes up for getting the other side of the front door. We accompany all viewings, it is what we are here for.

4 Paperwork

Often referred to as the monotonous part, let the paperwork commence. We try and make this as pain free as possible. In brief, we apply for references on your behalf and do a credit check via a credit referencing agency. We need to confirm ID in the form of both photo ID and a utility bill. The tenancy agreement is then drafted for all to sign. Once all of the above is completed, you will be required to pay the deposit and first months’ rental (minus your reservation fee) in cleared funds prior to the commencement of the tenancy. It is worth noting you will also be required to organise your own insurance policy for contents, and then set up a standing order for the rent to be paid either to Purdie & Swan or the landlord directly.

6 The end of your tenancy

We will always let you know in writing nearer the time what is required of you prior to vacating the property. In brief when your original tenancy agreement comes to an end, it is either a case of negotiating the renewal or serving notice in writing on your agreement and then booking the cleaners to leave it as sparkling as you would have found it. The tenant is responsible for the inventory check-out as the landlord would have paid for the check-in report.

1 Make an enquiry

If you haven’t seen anything on our website or the property portals that appeals, just give us a call because it may be that we know the property that matches your requirements is just around the corner. At Purdie & Swan, our prospective tenants get a phone call or email (your choice) before the property hits the portals.

2 Arrange a viewing

Arrange with our friendly team to visit the property. Floorplans and photos are fantastic, but nothing makes up for getting the other side of the front door. We accompany all viewings, it is what we are here for.

3 Make an offer

Once you have found a property you love, it is time to take the leap of faith and make an offer. It is worth noting that at this stage you would likely want to agree the term of the rental as well as a start date. If your offer is successful, a reservation fee will be taken to secure the property. The property will then be taken off the market subject to contract and references. Half a month’s rent is a standard reservation fee. This fee is non-refundable should you withdraw from the property.

4 Paperwork

Often referred to as the monotonous part, let the paperwork commence. We try and make this as pain free as possible. In brief, we apply for references on your behalf and do a credit check via a credit referencing agency. We need to confirm ID in the form of both photo ID and a utility bill. The tenancy agreement is then drafted for all to sign. Once all of the above is completed, you will be required to pay the deposit and first months’ rental (minus your reservation fee) in cleared funds prior to the commencement of the tenancy. It is worth noting you will also be required to organise your own insurance policy for contents, and then set up a standing order for the rent to be paid either to Purdie & Swan or the landlord directly.

5 Moving Day

On the start date of your tenancy, we will ask you to visit the office to collect the following – a copy of inventory check in report to read, sign and return, a copy of the gas safety certificate, a copy of the energy performance certificate, proof of registration with the Deposit Protection Service and the contact details of who to contact with any queries during your tenancy. Some properties we manage ourselves, and sometimes the landlord likes to do it. Finally, and most excitingly we suspect… we can give you the keys!

6 The end of your tenancy

We will always let you know in writing nearer the time what is required of you prior to vacating the property. In brief when your original tenancy agreement comes to an end, it is either a case of negotiating the renewal or serving notice in writing on your agreement and then booking the cleaners to leave it as sparkling as you would have found it. The tenant is responsible for the inventory check-out as the landlord would have paid for the check-in report.

“Thanks so much for getting this tenant secured for us. I had a glass of red to celebrate last night! Well done on your great negotiation skills! .” Mrs R

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