Welcome to Mark Antony Estates, we're here to help!
Welcome to Mark Antony Estates, we're here to help!
Register with us, and we'll keep you informed of any new properties we market that match your needs. Once we find the perfect new home for you, we will guide you step by step throughout the whole application process until the day we hand keys to you on move-in day. In most cases, we will then stay with you for the entire tenancy, assist you with any questions you have along the way and take care of any essential maintenance required as promptly as possible.
The purpose of our service is to assist Tenants to find their perfect home and to help both Landlord and Tenant understand all their obligations to one another. For managed tenancies, we maintain direct contact with the Landlord and Tenant throughout the entire tenancy to help and advise where necessary.
Renting is fairly straightforward and we are on hand to guide you through every step of the way.
There are no referencing and administration fees to pay in connection with applying for one our properties.
For a list of fees that could apply under certain circumstances - Click Here.
For your protection
At Mark Antony Estates, we follow strict codes of practice set out by ARLA and The Property Ombudsman. This means you can be confident that you will be treated fairly and professionally at all times. In the highly unlikely event you find yourself unhappy with our service, you have the legal right to independent redress via the above should you exhaust our complaints procedure.
We also confirm that any Client Monies we receive from you such as, your Tenancy Deposit or Rent for your Landlord, will be safe, ring fenced and is protected by Propertymark.
Renting Step by Step
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, 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. So, always check. We are regulated by The Property Ombudsman where you can seek independent redress, should you ever feel that we have let you down.
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. We don't take any funds from you 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 a Holding Deposit equivalent to 1 week's rent. 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 one application for a property at any one time. If you change your mind, or provide false or misleading information, or don't take up the Tenancy within the agreed period, the Deposit won't be returned. However, in the rare situations where the Landlord changes their mind, you will receive your Holding Deposit back in full. Assuming your application is successful and a tenancy is granted, the Holding Deposit is credited in full towards your first month's rent.
Step 4 - Referencing & 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 the references are in, providing there are no unforeseen circumstances, we can then finalise your move-in date.
Two working days prior to move-in, you then pay the balance of your first month's rent and tenancy deposit via bank transfer. Then, on move-in day, you will attend our office to sign the Tenancy Agreement 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.
How long can I rent for?
Initially, you and your Landlord would agree a fixed 6 or 12 month tenancy. Then, it is renewed for another fixed term, or on a month-by-month basis for as long as it suits you both. You cannot leave a tenancy before the end of the current fixed term unless the Landlord agrees. If you are renting on a month by month basis (referred to as a periodic tenancy) you can leave by giving at least one month's notice to coincide with a rental payment date. Should the Landlord wish, they may require the property back from you. Normally, this cannot be within a fixed term unless you have failed to meet your commitments under the tenancy agreement or, the Landlord needs to move back into the property themselves. From 2 months prior to a fixed term coming to an end, the Landlord may serve you 2 months notice to leave, should they need their property back.
Are pets allowed?
Generally not, unless the Landlord specifically agrees in writing. Landlord's will give this due consideration and will only refuse permission if they feel there is a valid reason. It's important you tell us if you have a pet (or intend to get a pet) prior to a tenancy starting and we can negotiate terms with the Landlord for you. If you tell us later, a Tenancy Amendment fee will apply. And, if you don't tell us at all and get a pet without seeking permission, you could breach your tenancy agreement and the Landlord may serve you notice to leave.
What if repairs are required?
Most of our rental properties are managed by ourselves throughout the whole tenancy. In these cases, report the issue using your PC or mobile device via the PropertyFile Online Portal or App where you will get 24/7 online assistance and priority response. A few of our properties are managed by the Landlord for the duration of the tenancy. In these cases, we will have already given you specific instructions on how to contact the Landlord should you need to discuss a maintenance issue with them.
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