Can I see the gas safety certificate?
Yes. If the property has gas appliances or heating the landlord must have an annual gas safety check, conducted by an engineer registered with the ‘Gas Safe Register’. A copy of the certificate must be made available to tenants by law.
Can I see the Energy Performance Certificate?
Yes. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document outlining the energy efficiency rating of a property, according to an independent assessor. These certificates are valid for ten years and are legally required for property marketed ‘to let’.
Please note that an advanced payment of a month’s rent and the security deposit must be paid before the keys can be released. Your initial payment can only be made by banker’s draft or building society cheque.
You will be asked to complete a direct debit/standing order mandate for the monthly rental payments. This will be payable each month in advance and will be collected on a set date as stated in the tenancy agreement. For joint or multiple tenancies, only one mandate can be accepted.
Tenants Content Insurance
The Landlord is not responsible for insuring any of your personal belongings. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you obtain adequate contents insurance.
Where we are not responsible for the management of the tenancy, you will be given the Landlord’s contact details in case you need to report any maintenance problems.
Utilities are the responsibility of the Tenants. Whilst we will do everything within our power to assist with information relating to utility supply, we cannot guarantee who the current suppliers are. We can give you the contact numbers for the agencies who can confirm who is currently supplying the property. At the start of your Tenancy, we will take opening meter readings with you and supply you with telephone numbers to arrange for the gas, electric and water supplies to be transferred into your name.
What about Council Tax?
You are responsible for paying council tax whilst your tenancy is running on the property. You may be eligible for an exemption if you are a student. Your Landlord will need either proof that you have paid your council tax or copies of the exemption certificate during or at the end of the Tenancy.
What about repairs?
The landlord is responsible for all internal and external repairs. The tenant only pays if the breakdown or repair is due to negligence or misuse, for example a burn mark on a carpet.