I have just moved into my first rental home with Scrivins & co, helpful and friendly staff from the start. Jamie talked me through the referencing process which was simple. We had a couple of issues with the property which were resolved very quickly! Would use them again in the future.

Lucy

How to apply to rent a property

Once you have viewed and found a suitable house you are required to complete our Tenant Application Form. Each individual tenant over the age of 18 years must apply by completing a form. A Guarantor Application should only be completed where necessary. There are various reasons why a guarantor may be required, for example if the applicant has poor credit history, insufficient income or is on a temporary work contract.

Please call the office on 01455 890480 to request an online application form which will be emailed to you directly.

What happens next?

Once your application form and ID is complete we will then request your holding deposit. The referencing checks can then take place, these include landlord, employer, and credit checks and normally take between 1-5 working days.

Once you have passed these checks you will be offered a tenancy - subject to contract. Normally the initial tenancy will be for a fixed term of 12 months.

An initial payment is then required in cleared funds before your agreed move in day. This is usually comprised of one month's rent, and a deposit of five weeks. If we are managing your property, we will safely store your deposit with the Deposit Protection Service (DPS).

Renewing the Tenancy Agreement

In most cases it is possible to renew the tenancy agreement for a further fixed term. We will contact you and discuss your intentions with the landlord.

Inspections

During the tenancy inspections of the property will be carried out on a regular basis. These will be arranged with you in order to check the general condition of the property. Inspections will also provide you with a good opportunity to flag up any issues.

Giving Notice

A tenant is liable for rent for the full period of the tenancy. Should you not wish to continue with the tenancy you will be required to provide the agent with one month’s written notice at the end of the fixed term.

Tenant Permitted Payments

Before you move in
Before the tenancy starts (payable to Scrivins & Co ‘the Agent’)
Holding Deposit: 1 week's rent
During your tenancy
Amendment Fee
Contract negotiation, amending terms and updating your tenancy agreement during your tenancy.
£50.00
Late Rent Fee
Payment of interest for the late payment of rent at a rate of 3% above the Bank of England Base Rate (currently at 0.75%).
Replacement Keys or Security Devices
Payment of replacement key (at cost).
During the tenancy (payable to the provider) if permitted and applicable
  • Utilities – gas, electricity, water and Council Tax
  • Communications – telephone and broadband
  • Installation of cable/satellite and subscription to cable and satellite
  • Television License
Ending your tenancy
Early Termination Fee
Payment of any unpaid rent or other reasonable costs associated with your early termination of the tenancy.
Other Permitted Payments
Any other permitted payments, not included above, under the relevant legislation including contractual damages.
Tenant Protection
Scrivins & Co is a member of Propertymark, which is a client money protection scheme, and also a member of The Property Ombudsman Limited, which is a redress scheme. You can find out more details on the agent’s website or by contacting the agent directly.