Information for Tenants
We let and manage furnished and unfurnished flats and houses throughout Kent. Please click on ‘Properties’ above to view a shortlist, although our stock changes daily and you should contact us for current availability or to register your requirements.
Please note that for your safety and peace of mind:
- All of our managed properties are Gas Safe certificated, and inspected for electrical safety, and furniture fire safety
- Security deposits (bonds) are held in a designated Client Account in accordance with recommended practice and the Government Tenant Deposit Scheme.
Guide for Tenants
The first step is to contact us to provide brief details about yourself and about the accommodation you require. We then search our database for suitable properties for you to view. If not urgent, we log your details so that we can contact you as suitable properties become available. It is wise to start looking about a month before you wish to move, as the nicer properties are viewed and reserved quickly. We regret that we cannot assist DSS claimants. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months.
If you are looking for a property to rent outside Kent, please go to our UK Network page.
Viewings will be arranged at times to suit you, including evenings and weekends, and you will invariably be accompanied by a member of staff, who can give advice and answer any questions you may have.
Once you have decided on a property, you will need to pay our administration fees and credit reference check fees. If the landlord declines to grant the tenancy, our administration fee will be refunded. However the total fees will be forfeit if you decide not to proceed for any reason, or if you fail to provide complete and accurate information in your application.
As a minimum we will require satisfactory references from your employer (or college), and a previous or current landlord. We may also require a personal reference, and sometimes a guarantor. In addition a credit check will be undertaken. We use the services of an independent referencing company to obtain and evaluate these references.
Rents are normally quoted calendar monthly, and payable monthly in advance. The tenant is usually also responsible for Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity and Telephone costs. All rents are payable by bank standing order to our company bank account.
A security deposit of a minimum of six weeks rent must be paid, and will be held by ourselves as stakeholders in a secure client account throughout the tenancy term. This is held to cover damage, breakages, and any other liabilities under the terms of your tenancy agreement. Please note that under no circumstances can the deposit be used by the tenant to cover rent.
We charge £195+vat to cover administration plus £40+vat per person for the credit checks.
Insurance – for Tenants As appointed agents for Homelet we are able to offer a variety of insurance policies for both landlords and tenants, including the following -
Contents Up to your selected sum insured for damage to your household furniture, equipment, furnishings, clothing and personal possessions whilst in your home (excludes business equipment).
Landlord’s Contents Accidental damage cover to your landlord’s contents, fixtures & fittings for which you are responsible.
Personal Possessions Up to your selected sum insured for loss or accidental damage to your clothing, watches, jewellery, spectacles, other valuables (excluding mobile telephones) and pedal cycles whilst away from your home anywhere in the UK or whilst temporarily elsewhere in the world. Theft from unattended vehicles must be from a locked boot.
Further details are available on request.