As a tenant searching for a property to rent, we know it can be tough to find a property that fits the bill. What’s more, if you’ve just moved into the area and started a new job, spending time searching and viewing countless properties can be a thankless task and a real drain on your time.
Thankfully, here at Three Oaks Estates we take a people-focused approach designed to take the stress out of looking for a rental property.
With over 20 years experience operating in the West Essex and East London area, along with full ARLA accreditation and regulation from The Property Ombudsman, we aim to provide a service that is friendly, efficient and completely geared around your peace of mind. Please check out – #lookforthelogo
FINDING A RENTAL PROPERTY: STEP-BY-STEP
Step 1: Registering
The first step to take when looking for a rental property is to register with an agency. Not only is this completely free, it cuts out all the time spent trawling through local papers and online databases like Rightmove. You tell us your parameters, we’ll do the searching and get in touch when we find a match.
Step 2: Viewing
Once we’ve found you the perfect property, we’ll set up an accompanied viewing so you can see it for yourself, and we’ll answer any questions you might have. You will probably not meet the landlord at this stage, as if you choose to rent one of our properties chances are you will be dealing with one of us in the long run.
Step 3: APPLICATION FORMS
Upon finding a property you like you’ll need to fill out an Application Form and pay a deposit to secure the property.
Step 4: REFERENCING
All of our tenants are properly referenced, but this doesn’t have to delay your move. We provide a fast turnaround and you can even complete your own forms online via our website to make the process even quicker.
Step 5: AST Tenancy Agreement
This is a legally binding document and will usually take the form of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. Once signed you will be obliged to maintain payments until the end of the term.
Step 6: DEPOSITS
All tenancies require a deposit to be held for the duration of the stay to cover your liabilities and protect against any damage caused. All deposits are safely secured and registered as stake holder with TDS – Government Approved Deposit Scheme.
Step 7: RENT
Rent is usually payable monthly, in advance and by Standing Order.
Step 8: UTILITIES
As well as your rent you’ll be expected to pay for your own utilities – including gas, electric, water, council tax, telephone connection and rental charges, and TV licence. We can arrange to set up most of these accounts for you. Just ask at application and we’ll be happy to help.
Step 9: CONTENTS INSURANCE
You’re responsible for insuring the contents within the property. We can provide you with a competitive policy that covers all of your insurance needs and saves you hours trawling the Internet!
Step 10: OCCUPPANCY
Once you’ve moved in you’re expected to look after the property, pay your rent on time and keep us advised of any problems. Optimum Lettings are here to help to ensure that that you feel comfortable in your new home and that the duration of your tenancy runs smoothly.
Please click here to view our Tenants Fees: THREE OAKS – TENANTS FEES