Our brand new up to date landlord management software ensures all repairs and jobs are logged in detail, ensuring all landlords are kept fully up to date with the on-goings of their property and we have the expertise and ability to get them completed in a timely and cost effective manner.
We provide outstanding and fast tenant finder services and offer full management services at unbeatable rates, ensuring that you have a comprehensive Tenancy Agreement, Photographic inventory, regular mid-term inspections, rent guarantee and much more.
Our regional coverage means we have local expertise with the right infrastructure to make sure both the landlord and tenant are living happily in their respective homes.
FEES - We charge a Single application fee of £150 including VAT which is non-refundable, Joint application fee £180 including VAT, even if a tenancy is refused on the grounds of references or if the tenant withdraws from taking the property. Where there are more than two tenants an additional amount per tenant inclusive of VAT will be charged. A fee of £72 including VAT is charged to the tenant for renewal of all fixed term tenancies.
COMPANY LET - Company applications are acceptable where the company will be paying the rent. The fee will be £200 including VAT.
Please note that all monies to be paid on the signing of the agreement prior to the occupation and should be paid in cash or by banker’s draft, unless they are paid a minimum of seven working days prior to occupancy.
CHECK IN AND CONDITION REPORT - If we have been instructed by the Landlord, a Condition Report will be prepared of your new home and a convenient appointment will be made with the Inventory Clerk to carry out a Check In report to coincide with your move in day.
All information is provided in good faith. It does not replace the advice of a qualified legal advisor. We will accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST:
- The Tenant will be responsible for insuring their own possessions
- The Tenant will take over all utilities such as Gas, Electricity, Water/Sewage charges, Council Tax & Telephone upon moving into the property and will be responsible for contacting the relevant suppliers accordingly prior to commencement of the tenancy.
- The Landlord is responsible for any repair/maintenance problems to appliances (unless stated) etc. but the Tenant is responsible for any breakages which should be reported immediately.
- Decoration of the property must only be done with your Landlord’s permission
- No pets are allowed unless the Landlord has given consent
- Reasonable notice should be given in the event that the Letting Agent or Landlord wishes to inspect the property outside pre-agreed times. It is usual for the Agent to inspect the property at least twice during the term of your Tenancy and the Tenancy Agreement should cover this eventuality.
Most lets are for 12 months, although some Landlords may consider shorter terms of say 6 months.
- Should you wish to quit your Tenancy earlier than the agreed term, you will be liable for all rent until the end of the agreed Tenancy. However, it may be worth considering negotiating a BREAK CLAUSE with the Landlord which, for example, could entitle you to give notice after 4 months. In this case, you would only be liable for the rent for the notice period of 2 months, releasing you from the remaining 6 months of a 12-month Tenancy.
- There is no set law regarding the time limit for returning deposits but this is normally subsequent to the final inspection of the property. Letting agents generally encourage Landlords to employ a professional inventory agent to conduct the inspection and produce a report as to the condition of the interior at the beginning of the Tenancy and again at the end but this is not obligatory. In most cases, the deposit will be returned once any damages are ascertained by the Tenant/Landlord/Inventory Clerk and appropriate deductions agreed.
- The most common type of Tenancy Agreement is the assured short hold used for 6-12 month lets and usually takes the form of a standard contract between both parties.
- However, should any “extras” be agreed such as certain furnishings to be provided by the Landlord, you should ask that an extra clause be added to the agreement to this effect. It should be noted that the landlord is not obliged to carry out promises so it is important that your requests are documented.
The Letting Agents will deal with the property viewings, references, agreements and getting you moved in. If the agent has been instructed to manage the property, then you will normally report any repairs or queries to them. If not, then you will deal directly with the Landlord.
- The Letting Agent, whilst acting for the Landlord, operates within accepted guidelines in the industry to ensure that you are able to rely on a professional letting agent taking your concerns seriously and advising the Landlord if they are being unreasonable. In this regard, you should be assured that the property conforms to all safety regulations and is fairly priced.
- You require a professional service and, as such, Berkeley Shaw is a member of a recognised body. This ensures that professional standards are met, for example, the correct Tenancy Agreement is used; proper procedures are in place for reporting and dealing with repairs; safety checks are conducted and a bonding scheme is provided to protect your deposit.