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2. Found The Right House?
Once you have found a suitable property to rent through Knightsbridge, we will then begin the application process.
3. The Referencing Process
You will be required to complete a full application form before the property is offered to you. Our referencing* is completed via a third party who may request various documents from yourself to prove affordability of rent and that you are a suitable tenant. Knightsbridge Professional Lettings will take care of this process for you.
4. The Security Deposit
Once the referencing process has been completed and the landlord has confirmed they wish to grant you a tenancy, a move in date will be confirmed between yourself, Knightsbridge and the Landlord. The deposit is usually the equivalent of six weeks rent.
We will ask you to make a payment of the Deposit and the First Months’ Rent around four or five working days before you’re due to move into the property. Your deposit is then held with an approved government agency such as MyDeposits, The DPS etc.
5. Inventory & Schedule of Condition
The inventory and schedule of condition is one of the most important documents when renting a property and can be key in deciding how much of your deposit is returned at the end of your agreement.
When the Inventory and Schedule of Condition is provided to you prior to moving into the property, you should be extremely thorough when checking the document and give it your full attention, while taking the necessary precautions to protect your interests.
6. Signing The Tenancy Agreement
The tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract between yourself and the landlord. It specifies and outlines certain rights and terms of conditions to both yourself and the landlord, such as your right to live in the home for the agreed term and your landlords right to receive the rent for letting the property.
You will be signing what is called an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). AST’s are the most common form of tenancy agreement and set out the duties and obligations of both the tenant and landlord. Failure to follow the conditions outlined in the tenancy agreement can result in the property being repossessed by the landlord.
7. Moving In To The Property
Once all the paperwork has been completed, it’s time to move into your property. During the agreement if there are any problems with the property, you must inform your agent or landlord.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How quickly can I move into a property?
This will depend on a number of factors such as how quickly your references have been completed and if your chosen property is already vacant or if an existing tenant needs to vacate.
Most property listings will display an ‘Available From’ date
When do I pay the deposit & first months rent?
Once all of your references have been completed and a tenancy start date has been agreed, we will request your first months rent and deposit 4-5 working days prior to the tenancy start date.
I have received my schedule of condition but I do not agree with the condition, what do I do?
Upon receiving your schedule of condition you must check the document thoroughly to ensure the condition of the property has been documented accurately. You will have 7 days to dispute any points included in the schedule of condition. If necessary we will re-visit the property to discuss your queries and ensure photographic evidence is taken to confirm the condition of the property upon you moving.
Where do I report a maintenance issue?
Upon moving in to the property you will be advised if the agent is managing the property or of the landlord will be managing the property direct.
If you do have any issues with the property during your tenancy agreement it is important to report any issues as quickly as possible. Where possible provide photographic evidence of the problem so that these can be forwarded to the landlord / agent- this will help in sourcing an appropriate contractor for the repair.
Ensure you are available to provide access to contractors for the issue to be resolved or if you are happy for the agent / landlord to gain access with their set of keys ensure you give them clear instructions.
My tenancy agreement is coming to an end...I want to stay in the property
Approximately 1 month prior to your tenancy agreement ending we will contact you to find out if you wish to continue in the property. If you do, then we will ensure the landlord is happy to re-new the tenancy agreement and we will send the new tenancy agreement for you to sign and return before your existing tenancy expires.
I want to vacate the property before the end of my tenancy...what do I do?
If you wish to vacate the property at the end of your tenancy agreement you must provide 1 months notice prior to your tenancy ending.
If you wish to vacate earlier than your current tenancy agreement, you will need to notify us as soon as possible. You will be liable for the property and rent payments until the end of the tenancy term or until the landlord has found a new tenant to take over the tenancy. Please note that the landlord is not obliged to find a new tenant prior to the end of your tenancy term and therefore you would be liable for rent payments until the end of your tenancy term.
My housemate wants to vacate but I wish to stay
If there is more than one party on the tenancy agreement, all parties will be liable for the rent payments during the tenancy term. If one party wishes to leave there are a number of options depending on circumstances and landlords agreement;
The tenant wishing to stay will be re-referenced to see if their income / financial circumstances can cover the entire rental amount on their own.
The tenant finds a new housemate that will be referenced to cover the departing tenants share of the rent.
Both parties continue to pay the rent for the duration of the tenancy term and both parties give notice to vacate at the end of the tenancy.
I have vacated my property - how do I get my deposit back?
Upon vacating the property the landlord/agent will check the condition of the property. Once the landlord has confirmed he is happy with the condition your deposit will be released back to you. However if the landlord is not happy with the condition, this will be discussed with you.
You will then have the option to rectify the issue or quotes will be obtained by contractors to rectify the issue. The cost of the quote will then be held from your deposit.
If there are any disputes that cannot be resolved between you as the tenant and the landlord/agent, then the matter will be escalated to a deposit dispute service.
Do I have to allow access to my property?
Yes, during the course of your tenancy agreement there may be various reasons as to why third parties need access to your property.
Property Inspections – the landlord / agent will advise when they wish to visit to ensure the property is being maintained and that the tenancy agreement is being adhered to.
Safety Inspections – The landlord is obligated by law to provide safety certificates such as gas safety certificates. These are renewed annually and therefore access from an engineer maybe required.
Contractors – the landlords contractors may need access to assess / repair a maintenance issue that you have reported.
Sufficient notice to access your property should always be provided and where possible a time and date will be agreed with you.
– Access to all aspects of your tenancy including documentation and rental statements. – The ability to track the progress of a raised issue. – Share important files with the property manager – Improved flow of information ensuring transparency and efficiency.
Relevant letting fees and tenant protection information
As well as paying the rent, you may also be required to make the following permitted payments.
Before the tenancy starts (payable to Knightsbridge Estates 'the Agent')
Holding Deposit: 1 week’s rent
Deposit: 5 weeks’ rent
During the tenancy (payable to the Agent)
Payment of £50 if you want to change the tenancy agreement
Payment of £20 for the reasonably incurred costs for the loss of keys, plus the cost of any security device required such as garage fob, key fob, communal fob / security key. Payment of any unpaid rent or other reasonable costs associated with your early termination of the tenancy
During the tenancy (payable to the provider) if permitted and applicable
Utilities – gas, electricity, water
Communications – telephone and broadband
Installation of cable/satellite
Subscription to cable/satellite supplier
Other permitted payments
Any other permitted payments, not included above, under the relevant legislation including contractual damages.
Knightsbridge Professional Lettings is a member of Client Money Protect (CMP), which is a client money
protection scheme, and also a member of The Property Redress Scheme (PRS), which is a redress
scheme. You can find out more details on the agent’s website or by contacting the agent directly.
Please note that lettings agents are required by law to publish on their websites information for potential
tenants about relevant fees, redress schemes and client money protection schemes (including the names
of those schemes). Relevant fees must also be published on third party websites, such as Rightmove.
For properties to rent in England, details of the agent’s membership of any redress scheme and client
money protection scheme must also be published with their fees on Rightmove. It is the agent’s
responsibility to ensure that all relevant information is provided to Rightmove and is up to date and
accurate. If the relevant information does not appear here, the agent may have included it within the