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Information for Prospective Tenants
Applying for a Property with Big Property
You will need to complete an application form. This also enables us to take references on each adult who will be resident, and/or any guarantor(s) (if applicable).
The Tenancy Agreement
A fixed term Tenancy Agreement will be drawn up between the landlord and you and any other adult in joint residence and, if appropriate, any guarantor(s). It is important that you read the Tenancy Agreement and you will be asked to sign the agreement prior to receiving keys for the property.
Normally, your Tenancy Agreement will be for a minimum fixed term of six months, unless otherwise agreed.
The Tenancy Agreement is an important document, because it safeguards both your interests and those of the landlord and sets out the legal basis of the tenancy.
You will be responsible for all of the services and utilities that you use and you will need to have a contract with each of the suppliers. Transfer of these services will be arranged and in your name from the start date of your tenancy and all meters will be accurately read and reported.
- Council Tax
- Gas (if applicable) / Fuel oil (if applicable)
- Telephone / broadband (if applicable)
- Television licence (if applicable) /Sky / Satellite Service (if applicable)
Your rent is payable monthly in advance. When you sign the Tenancy Agreement, you will also be asked to sign a standing order mandate to pay the rent for the second month and thereafter.
Property Inventory and Condition
Upon completion of the lease, you will be provided with an Inventory list for the property. The Inventory will list all of the furnishings, fittings and equipment in the property room-by-room prior to the start of the tenancy. The Condition Report will identify the state of the interior of the property.
You will be asked to countersign both of these documents, to confirm their accuracy. Before you vacate the property; we will carry out a final inspection based on these records to ensure that both the property and the contents are accounted for, in good condition and in the original location, making exception for normal wear and tear.
During the lease, it is imperative that you take out insurance cover to protect the possessions that you are bringing into the property.
Periodic inspections will also be carried out.
The aim of the inspection is to confirm that the property is being kept in good order and in accordance with the terms of the Tenancy Agreement. It is also an opportunity for you to tell us about any problems or repairs needed.
Maintenance and Repairs
Please notify us immediately if any urgent repairs or maintenance work is needed. We use professional tradesmen to ensure a high standard of workmanship and prompt service.
You do not always have to be present when the work is undertaken. With your prior consent; we will arrange for access to the property.
If a genuine emergency (i.e., leaking roof) arises outside of office hours (i.e., weekends or bank holidays) and urgent attention is needed, then you must take justifiable action and then notify us at the first opportunity.
If you need to leave the property before the expiry of the fixed term (which is normally a minimum of six months); you will have to pay the rent and all other outgoings until any new tenant is in occupation, until the end of the lease period.
Renewing or Ending your Tenancy
If you wish to renew your Tenancy Agreement, please give us as much notice as possible before the expiry of the fixed term. We will take the landlord’s instructions and if agreeable, a fresh Tenancy Agreement will be drawn up for a further fixed term.
We will contact you prior to the expiry of the fixed term to ask whether you wish to renew for another term.
Exiting the Property
It is your responsibility to:
- Clean the property
- Maintain front and rear gardens (if applicable)
- Return all the keys
- Cancel your rent standing order mandate
- Redirect your mail
- Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries
- Clear all outstanding personal bills/utilities
Big Property will:
- Inspect the property
- Read the meters and notify the suppliers
- Notify the Council Tax Authority
- Refund your deposit (this will take place 28 days after vacating premises, which will give us the time required to verify with suppliers that all outstanding debts are cleared.
We strive to offer outstanding service to our tenants and hope that you enjoy your new home.
Please be aware of your responsibilities as stated within your lease and contact us promptly if any problems arise.