We know how overwhelming it is to move home and how confusing the rental process can often be, so it is our mission to make the experience an easy one for our clients, going to extra mile because we love what we do.
To start your search for properties for rent in Braintree and its surrounding areas, sign up for property alerts or contact us to register as a prospective tenant and our sales advisors will send you properties that tick your boxes, often before they’re listed on the market.
Every property sale & purchase starts with arranging a viewing of a potential property. One of our team will meet you at your chosen property of interest and will offer you a guided tour, whilst answering any questions that you may have during your inspection. To view our available properties available for rent click here.
Our rental properties don’t hang around for very long, so if you are interested in putting in an application please get in touch as soon as possible. If your initial application is successful you’ll be asked to complete an application form for each tenant who will be living in the property. We will then request 1 weeks rental as a holding deposit.
We will then submit your application onto our credit referencing partner to asses your financial credit background. As a general guide, rental applications need to earn 30 times the monthly rental per annum, and have no adverse credit to satisfy our credit requirements. If you’re self employed, you’ll need 2 years of self assessment records.
Once we have received satisfactory credit references, we will contact you to confirm a suitable moving date and once confirmed we will request your remaining deposit.
Our team will issue you with our standard assured shorthold tenancy agreement and request your first months rental.
A member of our team will meet you at the property in order to complete the ‘check in’ process where we will hand over the keys to your new home and take meter readings. Upon successful check in, we will present you with the inventory and schedule of condition report for you to review, sign and return.
We will carry out quarterly inspections upon all our managed properties, and all of our future rental payments will be collected from you via standing order on the first working day of each calendar month. Please talk to us if you’re facing any difficulties submitting your rental payments – our team are all very friendly!
At the end of your tenancy, please arrange a professional clean of the property before handover and present our team with the cleaning invoice so we can get this reimbursed. Our team and the landlord will both then carry out detailed ‘check out’ inspections of the property, and any discrepancies will be dealt with efficiently.
Before your viewing, we will ask you some standard questions such as how many adult occupants there will be inhabiting the property and their employment status, if you have any children or pets, and whether there will be any smokers inhabiting the property. And please be completely honest in your answers to help your application progress smoothly.
The nature of todays rental market is buoyant and we receive many applicants for our rental properties. If you’re late, you may miss your appointment and the opportunity to rent the property altogether. If you’re running late please keep in contact with us, and we will happily rearrange your viewing if plenty of notice is provided.
The application you’ll need to complete is quite detailed, and it’s important to leave no questions unanswered. This is to help your application progress as quickly as possible and will save us having to get back in touch for further answers from you. And honesty is always the best policy. Even if your credit history isn’t 100% clean, it’s important to be honest from the start of the process – our team are a friendly bunch and will do whatever they can to help you on your property journey.
If you are planning to make any alterations to the property or are planning to decorate, always seek written permission first. In most cases, small alterations are not a problem, but it’s important to keep the landlord informed so there are no discrepancies at the end of the tenancy agreement.
If something needs fixing, click here to visit our repair reporting software and we will get the issue resolved as quickly as possible for you.
If you have an electrical or plumbing emergency, you can click here to report this via our repair reporting software, however please also refer to your initial renting guide which will have contact information for our emergency trades.
Yes, via our partnership with let alliance we are able to offer prospective landlords rent guarantee insurance, which typically costs 2% of the annual rental plus insurance premium tax, renewable on an annual basis.
To pass the referencing process, the household (before tax) must earn 30x the monthly rent. For example, if your rent was £1000.00 per calendar month, the household must earn £30,000 per annum (before tax). Should you earn less than the required income, you will require a Guarantor. A guarantor must earn 36x the monthly rent.
Landlords/agents are obliged to check that all people over the age of 18 residing in the property have the right to rent in the UK. Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/prove-right-to-rent
Where there is more than one adult person living in the property, the tenancy agreement will state that you are ‘joint and severally’ responsible. This means that all tenants are liable for the payment of all rents and all liabilities falling upon the tenants during the tenancy agreement.
Unless you have a break clause, you are unable to end your tenancy agreement. To end a tenancy agreement early, both parties must agree the terms and conditions to terminate the tenancy agreement. This will often include financial compensation for inconvenience and costs incurred.
A landlord, or his agent, or someone authorised to act on their behalf has a right to view the property to assess its condition and to carry out necessary repairs or maintenance at reasonable times of the day. The law states that a landlord or agent must give a tenant at least 24 hours prior notice in writing (except in an emergency) of such a visit.