Renting With London & Country
London & Country’s ethos has always been based on its commitment to client relationships, whether those clients are renting, buying, selling or simply seeking property maintenance.
We understand that the best form of advertising is via referrals & recommendations – which is why we aim to deliver exceptional customer service from the very first time you contact us, to ensure that a trusting relationship is developed long term.
Our knowledgeable staff are here to assist, with their vast experience on offer to guide you through your property search, from registration through to finding your ideal home.
London & Country are members of the Property Redress Scheme, a consumer redress scheme for the property industry.
London and Country are also undergoing approval to become members of UKALA (UK Association of Letting Agents), who will also be issuing the Client Money Protection (CMP) certificate for compliance.
Register your interest
The first step is to register your property requirements by contacting our dedicated team on 0207 231 5656, registering your details via our website, or visiting our office.
By providing London & Country with information such as:-
- Area of interest
- Type of property
- Your budget
- Additional requirements such as outside space & parking
- Distance from a tube / train station
- Concierge, on site gym
We will endeavour to match your requirements.
All viewings are confirmed by phone or email. A member of staff will accompany you throughout the viewing and be on hand to advise & answer any questions.
Making an offer on a property
Once a suitable property has been found we will require any offers to be made in writing, along with any specific requests. At this stage, you may be asked to place a refundable Holding Deposit of maximum one week’s rent, whilst your offer is communicated to the Landlord. If the landlord rejects your offer, the Holding Deposit will be returned in full.
Offer agreed on a property
Once your offer has been accepted reference checks will be undertaken to evaluate your suitability, and to ensure that you can afford the agreed rent.
The rent to salary ratio is based on an income multiple of 2.5 times.
The following procedures need to be followed and documentation provided:-
- Provision of photographic identification per applicant
- Follow the steps required via the reference company by following their link & providing:
- Employment details
- If self-employed provide accountant / accounts details
- Address history (last 3 years)
- Your Landlord details
Once reference reports are received and are acceptable, we will commence preparing the necessary paperwork.
If any problems arise during the referencing process we will contact you immediately to discuss potential options.
Move in day
On your move in day you will have:-
- Paid one month’s rent in advance
- Paid your security deposit (equivalent to 5 weeks rent)
- Signed the tenancy agreement & any other relevant documentation
- Keys are provided
Documents provided on move in date:-
- Valid gas & electric safety certificate
- Cover letter for deposit – All deposits are registered with the government authorised custodial scheme – Deposit Protection Service
- Covering letter for rent payments
- Covering letter for repairs & who to contact for maintenance issues
- Inventory letter – if inventory has been requested by landlord
- Replacement tenants letter for multiple tenant occupancy
- Utility suppliers letter to set up your account
- What to do when you move in letter
- Landlord details for Let Only properties
- Additional terms & conditions (if applicable to tenancy)
- No Tenant Fees
- Except for changes to the contract during the tenancy – £50.00 including VAT.
- Check In/Out and Inventory Fees paid by the Landlord – an independent inventory company is used – These fees vary according to size of property. Example Check-out fee for a 1-bed apartment is £100.00. This is only indicative, as it is dependent on third-party pricing.
During Your Tenancy
You will be sent a renewal letter 3 months prior to the end of your tenancy and we will require a decision from you 2 months before the termination date.
During your tenancy, if you decide to vacate, you must contact our agency so that we can advise as to whether you are able to give notice at that point.
Once the property is put back on the market we would expect the property to be presentable when any viewings are to take place. We will always ensure that sufficient notice is provided to you and carry out accompanied viewings.
Rental & responsibilities
Please ensure that your rent is paid on time. If rent arrears occur your landlord may seek possession of the property.
If the situation arises whereby your rent will be late or you are unable to make payment, please advise your landlord / agent with immediate effect.
It is in your interest to take care of the property & report any maintenance issues in a timely manner. Any damages or disrepair that occur during the tenancy may result in costs being deducted at the end of your tenancy from your security deposit.
If the property is fully managed, regular inspections will take place with sufficient notice provided to all parties concerned.