Our Guide to Renting in 10 Easy Steps:

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:

  • Permitted Payment – Change of Sharer: £50 (£41.67+VAT)
  • Permitted Payment – Variation or Novation of Contract (change needed in the contract): £50 (£41.67+VAT)
  • Permitted Payment – Early Termination / Surrender of Tenancy: £50 (£41.67+VAT)
  • Permitted Payment – Loss of Keys or Security Device: Cost of Keys / Security Device
  • Permitted Payment – Late Payment of Ren: 3% per annum above Bank of England base rate
  • Permitted Payment - Holding Deposit - Refundable (subject to certain conditions in our Notes for Tenants) unless the tenant agrees that it can be used towards the tenancy deposit or first rent payment: Equivalent on one weeks’ rent

Please note: Utilities, communication services and council tax not included in rent, unless otherwise specified 

Refundable Holding deposit - (maximum one week’s rent). Refundable (subject to certain conditions as stated in our Notes for Tenants) unless the tenant agrees that it can be used towards the tenancy deposit or first rent payment.

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 5 weeks' 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. 

See: www.direct.gov.uk/en/tenancydeposit/DG_066385

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.

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 are members of the following redress and client money protection schemes:

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has been providing consumers and property agents with an alternative dispute resolution service for 27 years and provides consumers with a free, impartial and independent alternative dispute resolution service.

Client Money Protect is a client money protection membership scheme designed to protect client money held by property agents and professionals.