FAQs

End of tenancy / Renewal of tenancy

At the end of the agreed tenancy you must decide whether you wish to renew your tenancy or move out of the property.

  • If you decide to renew your tenancy or move out you should contact the landlord / agent  two months prior to your existing tenancy expiring.
  • If you decide to move out at the end of your tenancy you still need to give your landlord / agent two months notice, you should also  make sure that you leave the property in a good condition prior to the landlord / agent inspecting the property.
  • Check Inventory list.
  • Replace any missing or damaged items.
  • Pay any outstanding bills or agreed charges – including ant outstanding rent.
  • Make sure the keys are returned the landlord / agent.
  • Check the inventory before moving out to ensure that the property has been left in the same condition as when you first moved in.

Wipe down all surfaces, clean the wooden floors, clean the windows, hoover all carpets, set the furniture back to its original position,clean the bathroom / shower area and make sure the kitchen is sparkling clean. As an alternative hire a cleaner or cleaning company to professionally clean the property.

By doing this the landlord / agent should have no disputes over the return of your security deposit.

We look forward to helping you find a suitable property to rent in central london.

Insurance

The tenant is responsible for insuring their own personal contents and furniture( Check with the landlord ).

Television licence

In most cases  ( Check with the landlord ) the tenant is responsible for payment of the television license.

Council Tax

It is the tenants responsibility to pay the Council tax to the local authority.
If you are a student the council tax may be exempt ( Check with landlord )

Landlords responsibilities

Inform the tenant when you intend to inspect or enter the property for repairs ( Usually 48 hours should be enough notice ).
Make sure the apartment is in good condition, everything is in working order and ready for the tenant to move in.
Repair and maintain the property.

Tenants responsibilities
  • Pay rent on time, household bills and other agreed charges.
  • Keep the property clean and secure at all times.
  • Repair any damages caused by you to the property.
Tenancy agreement

The tenancy agreement is a legal contract between the landlord and the tenant. The contract is designed to protect the interests of both parties involved and should state clearly the responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant.

The tenancy agreement should usually include the following,

  • Name of tenants.
  • Name and address of landlord.
  • Property address.
  • Length of tenancy.
  • Date tenancy begins.
  • Length of notice required.
  • Amount of deposit required – detailing where it is held, and clearly stating under what circumstances you might not get your deposit back.
  • Amount of rent payable, due date of rent, and method of   payment.
  • What the rent covers, does it include bills, any other charges and council tax.
  • Will the property be furnished or unfurnished.
  • Landlords responsibilities, exterior / interior / structural repairs. Health & Safety, etc.
  • Rules of tenancy, Lodgers, Pets, Smoking, Subletting, use of property, etc.

Make sure you read the tenancy agreement thoroughly and it is kept in a safe place.

Inventory

The inventory will detail a list of contents and the condition of the property. It is important that you are present when the inventory is being checked and agree to the list of contents, items, and condition of the property.
This will ensure that both parties tenant & landlord agree with the observations that have been made.

Rent and Deposit

Once all references are checked and are satisfactory and the landlord accepts the application,a date will be set for signing the tenancy agreement. Once the agreement is signed the landlord / agent will sign over the keys to you and you will be able to move into the property straight away.

One months rent and a four or six week security deposit will be required in advance this will act as a security which may include.

  • Non payment of rent
  • Damage to property or contents
  • Repairs, replacements, or cleaning needed to restore the property.
References

References are required to establish in all respects whether a person is a suitable potential tenant.

References that may be required are as follows;

  • Present employers reference indicating his / her salary
  • Nature of employment contract
  • A character reference
  • Present or previous landlord reference
  • Bank details for each applicant
  • If he / she is getting help for their rent a guarantor letter will need to be provided which may also be checked
Holding Deposit

Now you have viewed and decided on a property the next step is to make an offer.
To secure the property and take it off the rental market you may be asked to provide a holding deposit.Which is usually a minimum of two weeks rent, this amount will be deducted from your security deposit or one months rent when it comes to signing the tenancy agreement.

Make sure you get a receipt for the holding deposit payment and check the deposit refund procedure.

During the “holding” period the agent or landlord will check your references and begin to prepare the tenancy agreement.

Choosing a suitable Property

Crown Lettings has a wide range of quality studios, apartments, and town houses to choose from in central London, feel free to view our selected choice of properties.

Once you have selected a suitable apartment please call 020 7730 9393 to arrange a viewing.