Here is a guide to each step of the process, from finding your property to the day you move in.
- Find A Property
- Book A Viewing
- Application For Tenancy
- Present Identification
- Reference and Credit Checks Carried Out
- Move In Date Agreed
- Tenancy Agreement Issued
Find A Property
All rental properties are posted on our website, if you can’t see a property that suits your requirements, you can check back here regularly, or you can email us with your requirements and we will contact you as soon as something suitable becomes available. Be sure to include the number of bedrooms, location, budget and the date you require accommodation for.
Details of properties are published regularly in a local newspaper, the Manchester Weekly News.
Book A Viewing
Call in, call us or email us and we will get back to you to arrange a suitable time for a viewing. A member of our team will accompany you on the viewing.
Call : 0161 787 7964 Email : email@example.com
Application For Tenancy
The first step is to complete an application form. You can download one here and print it out.
Forms are also available from our Monton office. Call in and pick one up, email us and we will send one out to you, ring us, we’ll even post one out.
An Application form must be filled in for every adult occupant of the property.
You need to tell us about anyone under the age of 18 who will be living at the property, but they do not need a separate application form.
Driving Licence OR Passport, plus a current utility bill confirming your address (e.g. council tax, gas, water, electric or telephone).
Unlike other Estate Agents in the area, we do NOT charge a Holding fee,and we take the property off the market as soon as the fee for Reference and credit Checks are paid.
Fees are £150 per person.
Once the application fee has been paid the property will be completely withdrawn from the market and upon receipt of valid information we will start the process.
Reference and Credit Check Guidelines:
Although there are exceptions, most landlords require the following:
- The tenant must be in full time employment, with no more than a 4 week gap between different employers in the last 6 months.
- The tenant must have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years.
- The tenant’s salary must be 2.5 times the monthly rental.
Please Note: Due to legal restrictions we are unable to grant a tenancy to anyone under the age of 18.
Tenancy Agreement Issued
We normally use an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, with an initial period of 6 months tenancy. This is recommended and was compiled by the Association of Residential Letting Agent in consultation with the Office of Fair Trading. This document is legally binding and its purpose is to clearly outline what is expected of both tenant and landlord.
One months rent is taken as a deposit and held during the tenancy as a safeguard against possible expense at the end of tenancy. For example, cleaning or repairing any damage to property or fittings caused by the tenants during occupancy.
If you (the tenant) back out of the application once the deposit has been paid then you may lose the deposit. Legally, the landlord is entitled to keep your deposit, as the property has been taken off the market and Padgetts would have also stopped viewings, so in effect the landlord may have lost out on other prospective tenants.
Please note all deposits are protected by the Deposit Protection Scheme
How long does all this take ?
From 1 day to 2 weeks once all the information has been received.
In some circumstances you may need a Guarantor, someone who will be responsible for any rent arrears or costs of damage to property should you fail to keep up with payments.
In order to be accepted a guarantor must
- Be in full time employment.
- Resident in the UK for the past 3 years.
- Be a homeowner
- Be earning 3 times the monthly rental
Whilst checks are being carried out, the team here at Padgetts will prepare your Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, and do anything else needed to make sure you are in your property at the earliest possible opportunity.