You will be asked for a previous landlord, bank, employee and/or character references.You will also be required to produce proof of address and either your passport, national ID card or driving licence.
For a short let tenancy where a company is the tenant you will be required to produce proof of ID for those staying at the property and a letter from the company.
You as the tenant are responsible for setting up accounts with the utility companies directly when you move into your property and also when you leave, taking care to provide meter readings at the beginning and end of the tenancy.
The best way to work out the monthly rental payment for a property is to multiply the weekly rent by 52 and divide the total by 12.
You will be asked to set up a monthly standing order with your bank.
Generally rent is paid by a standing order mandate and will leave your account on the date stated. (The due date is typically, although not always, the date on which you moved in).
Rent is payable in advance of the month.
Any problems with rental payments, that my result in late payment should be conveyed to Bates & Co. Arrears letters (for which you will be charged) will be issued if rent remains outstanding beyond 5 days after it was due. Interest will be charged until payment is made.
If your property is managed by Bates & Co please call 01323 844 845.
If your property is not managed by Bates & Co please call our Lettings Team on 01323 844 845 for general inquiries and advice.
Notice would need to be served in accordance with your particular Tenancy Agreement by recorded delivery or delivered by hand to Bates & Co.
The primary liability is for rent until the end of the contract or its break clause point.
If the landlord agrees to re-market the property and once a new tenant is found, then your liability will be reduced to covering the landlord’s commission and any other expenses from when the property is re-let. Payments would be calculated on a pro-rata basis for the unexpired term of the contract.
You should contact your bank directly to cancel your standing order once the last payment has left your account.
Unless your landlord gives specific instructions keys should be taken to Bates & Co local office. Please ensure all sets are returned, a receipt is obtained and that this happens on or before the last day of your tenancy.
Please note that you will be liable for rent on a daily basis until the keys are returned.
As an outgoing tenant typically your costs will be associated with professional cleaning. Any discrepancies between the check in and check out may result in deductions from your deposit.
Your deposit will be protected by the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme.
In line with legislation introduced in April 2007 all deposits being paid by a tenant for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy must be registered with a recognised deposit protection scheme within 14 days. Where appropriate, Bates & Co will register the deposit on your behalf.
Once the check-out has been conducted, the property has been cleaned to a satisfactory standard and Bates & Co has received instructions regarding the deposit from the landlord, the money will be returned to your account, less any agreed deductions.
This typically takes 10 working days and generally no more than 28 days.
If your question is still not answered, please contact Bates & Co directly.