Renting a Property

sketch of a rental property in folkestoneAre you looking to rent in the Folkestone area ? At Cameron Lettings, we can offer a range of properties, from Studio Flats to Detached Houses.

With over 25 years of expert knowledge, we endeavor to make the process of renting you a new home run as smoothly as possible and be hassle free.

We will assist in finding a property that suits your needs and budget. Our friendly, efficient service will ensure that your move will be quick and easy.

What are the Steps in Renting a Property?

If you are looking to rent a property, please contact our office on 01303 248 179 or contact us online. After we’ve received your interest in a property, we can arrange a viewing.  All of our viewings are accompanied.

Once you find a suitable property, we will ask you to complete an Application Form, and provide proof of I.D – Utility Bill and Passport or Driving Licence. We will then apply for an Employer’s Reference, Landlord’s Reference, and a Credit Search Check which will require a fee.

All Applicants must be over 18 years. If you are in receipt of Housing Benefit or have a poor Credit Search Report, you may be required to provide a Rent Guarantor. They will also need to be referenced.

Pets can only be considered at the Landlords discretion.

Before you move into the property, you will be required to pay a deposit of one month’s rent plus £100, in case there are any dilapidations or rent arrears at the end of your tenancy. Your deposit, by law, is required to be protected, either in an insurance or custodial scheme. We forward your deposit to the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) to safeguard it. Any disputes at the end of your tenancy will be mediated through the DPS Arbitration Service.

Once we have received satisfactory references, we will discuss the moving in date with you.

On the day you move in, the Rent, Deposit and Arrangement Fee will need to be paid in cash. You will be asked to sign an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement for six months.

Future rents can be paid by Standing Order Mandate (most popular), cash or cheque – All rents exclude Utility Bills and Council Tax. For Joint Tenancies, where more than one person is to live in the property, every tenant will be required to sign the Tenancy Agreement (All tenants will be Jointly & Severally liable). The rent will become the responsibility of all occupants.

Your Deposit will be forwarded to the Deposit Protection Service (DPS).

You will be handed two Inventories for checking and signing, one to keep and the other to return to our office.

On moving in, please read the Gas, Electric and Water Meters, then contact your preferred Utility Companies. You will also need to contact the local Council for Council Tax.

Please treat the property with care.

When you first move in, we suggest locating the main Water Stop Cock and Fuse Board, in case of emergency. We also suggest taking out Contents Insurance. The Landlord will not be responsible for your personal possessions.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, you are legally responsible for:

  • Promptly reporting defects to us, and providing access for repairs
  • Replacement of batteries in smoke alarms
  • Replacement of light bulbs
  • Sink and bath plugs
  • Keeping floor coverings in reasonable condition, i.e. carpet and vinyl flooring
  • Maintaining the garden, where applicable
  • Clearing blocked drains (Do not pour cooking fat down the kitchen sink)

Should any repairs be required during your tenancy, please contact our office initially – we will be able to notify local contractors to deal with the repair. You will be given emergency telephone numbers for a Plumber/Electrician to contact, if the need arises.

Smoke alarms – you are responsible for testing weekly, vacuuming every 3 months, and replacing the batteries when required. Please note a constant beeping sound emanating from the Smoke Detector indicates that the batteries require replacement.

If you wish to vacate the property after the initial 6 month contract, you are required to give one month’s notice in writing. Please ensure the property is left as you would like to find it.

We will confirm a Vacating Meeting, at a mutually convenient date & time.

We will go through the inventory checklist, inspect the condition of the property, collect the keys, read the meters and request your forwarding address. If the property has been left in satisfactory clean & tidy condition – no dilapidations, your deposit will be returned from the DPS.

Whatever the property you are looking for, we can help you find a home. If you would like to find out more about renting a property with Cameron Lettings, please contact us today on 01303 248 179 on contact us online.

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