Renting a home with Mark Antony Estates
The purpose of our service is to assist Landlords with finding and appointing a new Tenant, to assist Tenants with the process of find their perfect home and to help both Landlord and Tenant understand all their obligations to each other. For managed tenancies, we maintain direct contact with the Landlord and Tenant throughout the entire tenancy to assist and advise where necessary.
Renting is fairly straight forward and we are on hand to guide you through every step of the way.
Step 1 – Search for your new home
Rental properties can get snapped up fast, especially at the moment with vacant homes in short supply. So firstly, check our current available properties by clicking here. Our listings are updated every day so, to be amongst the first to find out about new rentals on our books, register by clicking here and we will email you the moment we have something suitable. Also consider registering with Zoopla and Rightmove for alerts from other agents too. Many consider it to be safer letting via an Agent because you have a legal right to redress if things go wrong. Be careful though, whilst all letting agents are required to belong to a redress scheme, some don’t. Always check.
Step 2 – Arrange a viewing
Call us the moment you see one of our advertised properties that you wish to view. If you have already registered, we will confirm your details, ask you a few questions about your circumstances to ensure you would be eligible to rent the property and then book a viewing at a convenient time.
Step 3 – Application
At the viewing, we will happily explain the application process. This will firstly involve gathering pre-referencing information and putting your situation to the Landlord. Unlike many other agents, we don’t charge for this service. We don’t take any application fees whatsoever unless a Landlord has agreed in principle that they would grant you a tenancy subject to references being clear. Once this is confirmed, you will need to pay Application and Referencing Fees plus a Holding Deposit. Upon receipt of these funds, no one else will be considered for the property until the outcome of your application is decided. We never take more than 1 application for a property at any one time. You can find further information about application fees on each of our on-line property listings.
Step 4 – Referencing and Right to Rent
It will be necessary for you to attend our office to formally start the referencing process and to present your ID so we can conduct Right to Rent checks. At this meeting, we will spend as much time with you as needed to answer any questions you have about the property, becoming a tenant and the obligations you and your landlord have towards each other. You will also have the opportunity to review a draft copy of the tenancy agreement to ensure you have plenty of time to seek independent advice should there be anything you are not certain about. After you leave, our checks will begin and we will endeavour to get back to you within a few days. You are welcome to call us at any time for an update, but rest assured we will keep you updated. Delays can occur if your employer or previous landlord is slow to respond. We therefore advise you speak to them in advance and ask they attend to any requests as soon as they can for you. A target move-in date will be agreed at this meeting so you can begin your preparations to move.
Step 5 – Move in
Once references are in, providing there are no unforeseen circumstances then we can finalise your move-in date. In most cases, you will attend our office on move-in day to sign paperwork and collect keys. We will give you any further information you need including what to do in an emergency and how to report any maintenance.
That’s it! Congratulations and we wish you good luck in your new home!
HOW TO RENT GUIDE
For further information about Renting and your legal rights, the Government has produced a handy guide. It can be viewed by clicking here…