Information for Tenants
We let, rent and manage furnished and unfurnished properties throughout the Calderdale and Kirklees area.
- All of our properties hold a GAS SAFE gas safety certificate, an energy performance certificate, smoke alarms to each habitable floor and all furniture complies with fire safety.
- Deposits (bonds) are held by the Deposit Protection Service, visit www.depositprotection.com for details of the scheme.
Guide for Tenants
Finding a property
The first step is to contact us to provide brief details about yourself and about the accommodation you require. We then search our database for suitable properties for you to view. If not urgent, we log your details so that we can contact you as suitable properties become available. It is wise to start looking about a month before you wish to move, as properties do move quickly. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months.
Viewings will be arranged at times to suit you, including weekends. You will be accompanied by a member of staff who can give advice and answer any questions you may have.
Applying for the property
Once you have decided on a property you will need to complete a tenant application form. Please contact our office for details.
As a minimum we require satisfactory references from your employer, and a previous or current landlord. We may also require a personal reference, and sometimes a guarantor. In addition a credit check will be undertaken. To comply with our legal responsibilities for the 'Right to Rent' checks, we will require a passport and proof of address for all applicants. Appropriate visa details will be required if you are not an EU citizen.
Rents are normally quoted calendar monthly, and payable monthly in advance usually on the first of the month. The tenant is usually also responsible for council tax, water rates, gas, electricity, TV licence and telephone bills if applicable. All rents are payable by standing order to our bank account.
A deposit must be paid once contracts are signed. This is held by the DPS to cover damage, breakages, rent arrears and any other liabilities under the terms of your tenancy agreement. Please note that under no circumstances can the deposit be used by the tenant to cover rent.
Tenant fees DO NOT apply to tenants of assured shorthold tenancies since the Tenant Fee Ban 2019. There are some permitted payments/charges as detailed below which Peter David apply
Tenancy variation request
Where a tenant wishes to change the terms of the existing tenancy agreement
£60.00 (inclusive of VAT)
Breaches of the tenancy agreement (damages)
Where the tenant has breached their tenancy agreement and caused damage as a result, then landlords may still seek compensation via deductions from the deposit or court action.
Breaches of the tenancy agreement (default payments)
Landlords are allowed to charge for two types of default payments - loss of keys and late payment of rent. Both are subject to restrictions.
For the loss of keys, landlords are allowed to charge the reasonable cost that they can evidence in writing, usually the locksmith invoice.
For late payment of rent, landlords and agents may only charge 3% above the Bank of England base rate in interest on the late payment of rent from the date the payment is missed. In addition, should legal proceedings be commenced those costs can be recovered.
Note : Company lets £225 (inclusive of VAT) payable at point of application to carry out references
For your protection:
We are members of The Property Ombudsman
We are members of Client Money Protect
We have a designated repairs coordinator to ensure repairs and maintenance are carried out promptly. We understand that one of the main complaints tenants have against landlords is disrepair. As an agent we will act to ensure repairs are done within a reasonable time period, keeping you updated at all times.
We recommend that you consider having contents insurance to not only protect your belongings but also your deposit. If you have an accident which causes damage to the landlord’s carpet, for example, contents insurance including accidental damage will enable you to claim for damage and protect any claim on your deposit. Contents insurance is also designed to protect you in the event the accommodation you are renting becomes uninhabitable due to unforeseen circumstances such as flood or fire. It is not a well-known fact, but the landlord is not responsible for re housing you under such circumstances but we will do our best to assist you. Further details are available on request.
General Data Protection Regulations