How to Apply
Step 1: Application Form
First of all you need to go to the application link here and fill in the Tenancy Application. An application should be submitted for each adult occupier.
Step 2: What to Pay
- Application and Referencing fee of £120 per applicant, £90 per guarantor (if required).
- Holding deposit of £300 for single let properties, £150 per room in a house share property.
Step 3: How to Pay
- You can call our office on 0113 285 7717 to pay with a debit or credit card over the phone.
- Pay by internet banking into our bank account which is HSBC
Sort code: 40 27 15 Account no: 33 67 11 51
...quoting your name as a reference.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
These fees are non-refundable and should you cancel your application and/or fail referencing due to incorrect and/or misleading information having been provided by you, then you will also lose your reservation deposit.
The reservation deposit is what we need to take the property off the market and the application fee is what we need to commence referencing. We need both of these to proceed with your application. If we receive one but not the other you have 3 working days to pay the rest and make sure we have all the details we need to proceed with the application or we will remarket the property and you will lose the sums paid.
By filling in the form and paying the application fee you are giving us permission to carry out references including a credit check. The references will be an employment reference, previous landlord reference and a credit check. Please be aware that if the references do not meet an acceptable standard, you may be required to provide a Guarantor.
A tenancy will be offered subject to the following conditions:
- Submission of fully completed application form for each adult occupier.
- Payment of the relevant fees and reservation deposit.
- Completion of an acceptable credit reference check.
- Acceptable references acquired.
- Landlord approval.
- We now have a legal duty to ensure that any person aged over 18 moving into one of our properties, has the legal right to reside in the UK. Therefore prior to commencing referencing, we will require sight of original documentation which evidences your right to reside. When you call to pay the application fee and reservation deposit, you will be asked to make an appointment to attend the office for the purpose of completing this part of the process.
- In addition, will require you to provide at least 2 forms of ID. One must have your photo and the other your current address. These can be passport, driving licence, bus pass, utility bill, housing document, mortgage statement etc. Also if you are receiving housing benefit then we will require proof of your LHA entitlement (tax credit award/child benefit letter) and we will also need a change of address receipt from the One Stop Centre before we will release the keys for the property.
- We will do an inventory and pre-inspection of the property, and in some circumstances we may also need to have the gas safety check renewed prior to releasing keys. This means that there may be a delay of between 5 and 7 days when we have confirmed that your application has been accepted.
Having a Guarantor
What is a Guarantor?
A Guarantor is someone who will “guarantee” your rent and any other payments you might have to make in relation to the tenancy. If you don’t pay, your guarantor will be expected to make payment.
You WILL be asked for a guarantor: –
- If you are in receipt of housing benefit.
You MAY be asked for a guarantor: –
- If your income is low or difficult to prove.
- If you haven’t rented before or we are unable to obtain a landlord reference.
- If the results of referencing are unfavourable.
Parents, guardians or other family members will usually act as a guarantor in most cases.
A guarantor will have to satisfy us that they are who they say they are and that they would be able to cover the rent. They will have to provide evidence of their identity and income, and will sign a deed of guarantee to cover the rent. This is a legal document so they need to be aware that the deed of guarantee is binding and if you don’t pay your rent we will expect them to pay it for you.
Who can be a Guarantor?
A guarantor must be:
- Living in the United Kingdom
- Have a good credit history and own their own property
- Must earn at least 3.5 x the annual rent of the property (this amount is up to the landlord- if they earn less than they may still be considered)
- If retired/not working they must be able to prove their income from private pensions (state pension will not be used in the calculation)
What do I need to do?
You need to fill in the application form online (as explained in How to Apply). There is a section to fill in about your guarantor. Once we have the form we will contact the guarantor and get their employment details and/or proof of income. They will be referenced in the same way you are. There is no extra charge for this and if the first guarantor doesn’t work out we won’t charge for the next one either.
N.B. The guarantor will be for the whole time you live in the property, even if you renew your contract or your situation changes. They are responsible for your rent and for any other fees you might have to pay. The Deed of Guarantee is a legally binding contract that will stand up in court.
FEES PAYABLE DURING THE TENANCY
Check in Fee
Tenancy Renewal Fee
Outgoing Reference Fee
Check Out Fee
Deposit Deductions(per item)
Failure to pay rent
(after 7 days)
Failure to pay rent – additional
(after 14 days)
Visit to property
(caused by rent arrears)
Replacement of lost keys
Issue of Section 8 Notice
Extra copy of Tenancy Agreement, Inventory or Guarantor Deed