If you are thinking of renting a property, the following are questions, which you may wish to ask.
Please also download our "TENANCY GUIDE" which sets out the fees and other costs involved in renting a property through our Agency.
If you have any further questions please contact us.
If you wish to rent one of our properties you will need to complete an APPLICATION FORM for everyone over 18 years old.
How do I find or view properties
Register your requirements with us on line, or telephone or visit our offices so that we can consider your needs and keep you informed of any properties as soon as they come onto the market.t.
Once you have been sent or told about a suitable property one of our members of staff will be able to organise a viewing for you and answer any questions you may have before and after viewings.
Why should I Use The Services Of An ARLA Agent?
You will need their experience, professionalism and compliance with ARLA’s bye-laws, regulations, accounting procedures and Professional Indemnity insurance, (which complies with the requirements of the Association’s FIDELITY BOND and protects your rent and deposit. Drewery are members of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). This is an adjudication service for tenants and landlords in the unfortunate event there is a dispute about the deposit at the end of the tenancy.
What Will The Agent Charge Me?
We do not charge an introductory fee, but there are administrative charges for taking up references, the preparation of the Tenancy Agreement and legal notices, and the check out at the end of the tenancy. Tenants are strongly advised to have Tenants contents insurance, (which also covers accidental damage to the Landlord's property).
What Monies Will I Need To Find At The Start Of The Tenancy?
Normally at least a month's rent in advance, plus the deposit (usually one month's rent plus £100 - except in the case of 3 or more sharers or authorised pets) plus any administration or Agreement preparation charges mentioned above.
What Is A Tenancy Agreement?
It is a legally binding document between you and the landlord, applicable only to you and the property you are renting. It should state the amount of rent, the length of the fixed term of the tenancy and your rights and responsibilities. Your Agreement will probably be an Assured Shorthold Tenancy under the Housing Act as amended in 1996. For bona fide companies and/or rental values over £25,000 per annum, the agreement will be drawn up under contract law.
How Long Does It Take For A Tenancy To Commence?
This will be dependent upon the availability of the property and how long it takes to take up references or credit searches. You should ask the Agent when the property is to become available.
What are my responsibilities as Tenant
The responsibilities of a tenant will be clearly listed in the tenancy agreement, (this company uses an ARLA approved agreement), and should be carefully read before signing. If there are any items in the tenancy agreement that you do not understand, a member of staff will be happy to explain.
How Long Can I Rent The Property?
This will depend on the circumstances of the Landlord and the Tenant. Most Landlords prefer a 6 or 12 months initial fixed term, to be reviewed at the end of the term.
What Happens At The End Of The Term, Or If I Need To Leave Early?
Your Agent should contact you well in advance of the end of the fixed term to ascertain your future requirements (as well as those of the Landlord) and will negotiate any extensions or renewals of the tenancy. You are liable for payment of rent throughout the fixed term, unless (with the landlord's agreement), a new and satisfactory tenant can be found (- usually at your expense).
What Else Do I Pay For?
Utility bills, such as gas, electricity water and telephone, TV licence etc, Council Tax and contents insurance
What Happens At The End Of The Tenancy?
You must leave the property in the condition it was at the start of the tenancy (subject to 'fair wear and tear') otherwise your deposit may be subject to deductions to cover the cost of any cleaning, gardening, damages or missing items.
When Will I Get My Deposit Back?
Usually, a Check Out is undertaken and provided there are no missing items or damage, you deposit will be able to be returned to you shortly after you leave the property.
Who Holds The Deposit?
Normally it is held by the Agent, in a designated Clients Account. That is why it is important to use an agent who complies with the requirements of the ARLA fidelity bond, so that you know it is safe and the correct amount will be returned to you. All deposits which are held by our company are held under the TDS scheme.(Tenancy Deposit Scheme).
"I purchased a property through Sidcup drewery branch and found the staff to be helpful and courteous. My main point of contact was sales progressor Hayley Long, who I can't speak highly enough of. Throughout the process of the purchase Hayley kept me well informed of the development of the chain! Hayley certainly made the stressful process of purchasing a house easier and I would recommend both her and drewery Sidcup to anyone else."