Are You Looking for a Home to Rent
But don’t know what’s involved or how to go about it... Please let us help
STEP NO. 1 – Choose the right location. Make sure you have easy or convenient access to your work, friends and family – all the things that matter to you. We think our area is really great – We have exceptionally good rail & motorway access to both the M3 and M27, mainline railway stations at Eastleigh & Southampton Airport Parkway, not to mention Southampton Airport when you need to travel further afield. Easy access combines well with our vibrant town centre incorporating a new multi screen cinema & The Swan Shopping Centre with quality retailers including Next, Tesco and T K Max.
STEP NO. 2 – So, you now agree that Eastleigh and/or the surrounding area is where you want to live. The Town Centre Within Eastleigh town centre we normally have a good selection of Victorian terraced homes with either 2 or 3 bedrooms, or new or converted 1 or 2 bedroom flats. Rental prices typically range from about £525 per calendar month for a one bedroom flat to between £675 to £900 per calendar month for a house. The Surrounding Areas Within the surrounding areas, which include Boyatt Wood, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Horton Heath & Chandlers Ford, all of which are fully covered by our offices, there is a vast diversity of properties to rent. These homes range from 1-bedroom properties, both flats & houses, through to 4 & 5 bedroom detached family homes. Rental prices for these properties tend to be slightly higher than within the town centre and typically range from about £700 per calendar month for a 1 bedroom flat to between £900 to £1500 for a 4/5 bedroom house.
STEP NO. 3 – Furnished v Unfurnished – which is best ? Our experience in the market place has shown that more & more landlords now choose to let their properties as unfurnished. Although all unfurnished properties will usually include fitted carpets, curtains and at least a cooker. The ratio currently between available unfurnished & furnished properties locally is approximately 20:1 so if you definitely want a furnished property you will probably have far less choice available.
STEP NO. 4 – We, as responsible letting agents, obviously act in the best interests of our landlord/clients. We regret that, in most cases, our clients will have instructed us to offer their properties for a minimum letting period of six months, to non smokers, without pets and also, not to accept certain potential tenants for their properties, which include students, sharers or Housing Benefit claimants without a very substantial deposit (typically six months rent or more) or a suitable and financially strong guarantor.
STEP NO. 5 – Browse our list of available properties. Visit our website, david-evans.co.uk which is very regularly updated for available & suitable properties. Don’t hesitate to ask our helpful & informative staff any questions you may have about the properties which may be of interest to you, or visit our offices, where we always have a brochure of available properties. Then call us to make a mutually convenient appointment to view. We accompany all our viewings personally. It’s as simple as that!
STEP NO. 6 – Great – you’ve now found the perfect place to rent through David Evans – what happens next? You’ll now need to reserve the property before anyone else does. We will require a non-refundable £295 cash reservation deposit from you & an indication of your required start date of occupation together with the full details of any other tenant(s.) This fee will cover referencing & the production of specific legal documentation connected with your tenancy agreement. Everyone over 18 who will live at the property must complete a reference form, which will be checked & assessed through an independent agency. Should there be more than two tenants or a guarantor be required extra referencing applications will need to be completed at an additional charge of £165 each.
STEP NO. 7 – Sit back and relax – everything should soon be over! Once we have received the approved reference acceptances we will be in touch with you to make an appointment for you to visit, at our offices, to run through and sign the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements, utility notifications and completion of standing order arrangements for the monthly rent, which is collected by us every month in advance.
STEP NO. 8 – Money! Money! Money!
How much will be required? We will require a six weeks rent obligation/dilapidations deposit from you which will be held by us for the duration of your tenancy, together with a payment of rent apportioned from the day that the tenancy commences until the last day of that month. These amounts will have to be received by us in cleared funds prior to the tenancy commencement date, otherwise, the keys to the property cannot be released.
Tenancy @ £525 pcm commencing 7th. January
Deposit – 6 Weeks– (£525 x 12 months divided by 52 weeks x 6 weeks) = £ 727.00
Apportioned rent period 7th.-31st. Jan inclusive (£525 x 12 months divided by 365 days x 24 days) = £414.25
Written inventory fee (£125 + vat) = £150
STEP NO. 9 – Insurance…. We all hate it paying for it– but seriously, we all need it! We can look after all your contents insurance requirements through a reputable company at very competitive rates. We will provide an application form.
Example £5,000 worth of tenants contents & personal possessions cover within the home from just £74 per year.