Are you looking to rent a flat or house in Palmers Green, Southgate or Winchmore Hill? Then you have come to the right place, here's some easy steps to follow to ensure you find your perfect home.
Step 1) Register with Anthony Webb
You can do this by entering your details HERE on our website, register over the phone 020 8882 7888 or alternatively feel free to pop into our office we would be delighted to register you in person and discuss your requirements.
Step 2) Think carefully about your budget
Be realistic about what you can afford and take into account all your monthly outgoings. You will need to earn, on average, 30 times the monthly rent to qualify for a property, so if the monthly rental is £700 x 30 = £21,000 and as a rule of thumb this indicates that you can then also afford the rent and other necessary outgoings such as council tax, utility bills, mobile phone and TV license not to mention food.
If you are renting for the first time it is a good idea to check your personal credit file. A good place to look is www.experian.co.uk. Please note that if you do order a credit report it will leave ‘footprint’ on your file.
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will give you a good idea of the possible energy costs involved in running the property so you can budget accordingly.
Step 3) What property is right for you?
Do you need to be near work or family?
Do you require good transport links?
What about local shops and schools?
Do you require a garden/ garage or parking space?
Are you a smoker or do you have pets?
At Anthony Webb we have an extensive portfolio of properties that we manage and we are successful at matching tenants to homes. Plan ahead and pop into see us in advance so we can find the perfect match for you.
Step 4 ) What costs are involved?
There are some additional fess that may be applicable throughout your tenancy such as:
Step 5) Viewings
We will accompany you on all viewings and are as flexible as possible to fit around busy schedules. Feel free to ask any questions and we will be happy to answer them.
Step 6) Agreeing the let
Once you have found the perfect home you can now put forward an offer. We will liaise between yourselves and the landlord until both parties are happy with the arrangement. With the high quality of rental properties and strong demand from tenants you may well have to offer the asking price in order to secure that perfect home.
Step 7) Legal requirements
All persons over the age of 18 who will reside in the property must undertakle a Right To Rent Check and sign a Tenancy Agreement.
We will also require you to sign a standing order to be forwarded to your bank for future rent collection.
Prior to the commencement of your tenancy the landlord will be required by law to obtain safety certificates for the gas appliances and will also have safety checks done on any electrical items as well as smoke alarms.
You are required to obtain your own contents insurance as your landlord will not be responsible for your possessions. Accidents do happen and they may not be of your own making. Protect yourself and get insured!
Step 8) Deposits
It is standard procedure for either the landlord or the letting agent to hold a deposit for the property. This is normally equivalent to 1 months' rent and providing the property is returned at the end of the tenancy in the same condition in which it was received, the deposit will be refunded in full.
As required by law, all deposits held are protected under the government's Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) for peace of mind for landlord and tenant alike.
Step 9) Moving in and your tenancy moving forward
Once you have signed all your legal documents and paid your deposit and first months rent (in clear funds) we will arrange to meet you at the property, agree the inventory and schedule of condition that has been prepared. It is your responsibility to contact the utility companies and council tax to advise that you now occupy the property.
Should you experience any problems at all, or require any advice during your time in the property we are always here to help.
Step 10) At the end of your tenancy
The return of your deposit is dependent on the condition of the property when you exit. During the tenancy it is important that you maintain the property including gardens and notify us immediately of any problem. You will also be asked to provide proof that final bills have been paid and agree any deductions should there be any. Subsequently your deposit will be returned within 14 days.
"We bought our first home through Anthony Webb. We were kept up to date by Martin every step of the way. Sometimes, even more so than by my solicitor. When we came to pick up the keys, we were welcomed by all the staff, congratulating us and were given a card and a bottle of bubbly giving it a personal touch, rather than just getting a bunch of keys and an "off you go". Thanks, Martin and all at Anthony Webb."