Applicant’s Guide for Rented Accommodation
Thank you for choosing to rent your home through Kent Jones. Please note that Kent Jones act as agents for the landlords of the properties that we have on offer. We are not the owners of the properties.
Before you begin the task of viewing a property, make sure you clarify that the house or flat meets your requirements so you don’t waste any time. Accompanied viewings are available 6 days a week during normal office hours. Out of office appointments are available by prior appointment. Please note all viewings must be confirmed the day before your appointment.
To Make Your Application
Please sign and complete the appropriate application form and return it to us as soon as possible. All applicants must be 18 years or over. With all tenancy applications (including guarantors) we will require one document to confirm your name and one document to confirm your current address.
Your prospective new landlord will be keen to make sure that you are a suitable tenant and that you have the ability to pay your rent, while also making sure that you have rented a property without any major problems in the past (if this is applicable). Should you fail any of the necessary checks, you may not get your administrative fee back.
In the event that the information highlights any potential of risk to the landlord, you may be asked to provide a guarantor. A guarantor will be contractually liable, both financially and legally, should you fail to pay the rent during your tenancy or in the event of damage to the property.
What Are You Going To Pay
With each application for a property we require a non refundable administration fee, as detailed below (inclusive of V.A.T.):
The rent is payable monthly in advance and must be paid by standing order on the same day of each month as the day on which your tenancy commenced.
At the commencement of the tenancy, you will be required to pay a deposit. The deposit is security against you not fulfilling the terms of the tenancy agreement. The deposit will be held in accordance with the terms of the tenancy agreement.
Utility Charges & Council Tax
Gas, electricity, water and council tax are not included in the rent. You will be responsible for the payment of these charges during the period of your tenancy. You may need a TV licence for your home.
If your application is successful, and upon prior to you taking possession of the property you will be required to sign a tenancy agreement and pay the first months rent and security deposit. The tenancy agreement is a contract between you and the landlord. It specifies certain rights to both you and the landlord, such as your right to live in the home for the agreed term and your landlord’s right to receive rent for letting the property. The minimum tenancy term is six months.
Where the landlord’s consent is given to keeping a pet or pets in the property an additional security deposit will be required.
You will need to insure your own possessions as these are NOT covered by the landlord’s insurance. Accidental damage to the landlord’s property and fixtures and fittings could seriously affect your security deposit. Kent Jones can provide details of suitable insurance for tenant’s contents and accidental damage cover.
You will be responsible for the upkeep of the garden.
We will treat all your personal information as private and confidential to us and anyone else involved in the normal course of arranging and administering your tenancy, even when you are no longer a customer. We will not give anyone else any personal information except on your instructions or authority, or where we are required to do so by law, or by virtue of our regulatory requirements. We may use information we hold about you to provide information to you about other products and services, which we feel may be appropriate to you. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to see personal information about you that we hold in our records. If you have any queries please write to us at our usual office address.