This is a short guide to renting a home with Lets Rent Bristol. We aim to treat all our tenants fairly and with consideration. The fees charged to tenants charged by Lets Rent are reasonable and will be made clear in writing before you commit to a tenancy.
If you are currently seeking a property for rent, check out our Bristol property listings page. If you have seen a property that you would like to view, you can use the contact form on each of the individual property details pages to arrange a viewing or make an enquiry, or just give us a call.
If you have a specific type of property in mind, we can take details of your requirements and contact you should a suitable property become available.
Once you have viewed a property and decided to proceed with the letting, we will start the process of arranging the tenancy agreement, deposits and references.
Before commencing with the tenancy, we will need to obtain satisfactory references from:
We may use the services of an independent referencing agency to obtain and evaluate these references. We will expect joint tenants to be able to confirm an income of 2.5 times the annual rental amount or you may require a guarantor, who will become responsible for payment of your full rent if you are unable to pay. Please ensure that you are open and honest regarding any bad credit, CCJs bankruptcy so that we can advise you accordingly.
You must prove that you have a right to rent property in England if you’re:
We will check your documents or carry out an online right-to-rent check to ensure that you can rent a property in England. This check will be carried out on all adults (over the age of 18) who are going to live at the property, regardless if they are named on the tenancy or not. We will make copies of your documents and hold them for the term of your tenancy, all original documents will be returned to you as soon as our checks are completed.
If you cannot provide your right to rent then you will not be able to continue with your tenancy offer.Check your documents here
When you make an offer for a rental property you must notify us of any requirements that may need negotiating with your landlord (such as a break clause, pet clause, or professional cleaning). Once terms have been agreed you will receive a draft copy of our tenancy agreement and we advise you to seek independent legal advice or speak to the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau to ensure you understand your obligations prior to signing the contract.
Once satisfactory references are received, the relevant documentation will need to be signed by you and the landlord and once payment is made the contract will be executed and will come into force.
If your offer is accepted you will be required to pay a holding deposit equivalent to 1 week’s rent, which will give you 14 days in which to pass; the referencing process, right to rent checks & check and sign your tenancy agreement.
You will then be asked to pay the remainder of your initial monies (making up the 1st month’s rent in advance and the 5-week security deposit – or 6 weeks if your annual rent exceeds £50,000) prior to tenancy commencement.
If in the unlikely event the landlord withdraws the property from the market your holding deposit will be returned in full. Any interest accrued on monies that we hold on your behalf will be held by ourselves to cover bank and administration charges etc. Any commission earned by us while acting on your behalf will be retained to cover costs.
Every landlord or letting agent is legally obliged to present their tenants with this guide on how to rent a property in England. You will receive a copy of this guide when you move into a property with Lets Rent Bristol, however, we believe that it contains lots of important information relevant to your search for a rental property and also, you might mislay your own copy, so it is always here on the website for you to check out at any time.
At Lets Rent in Bristol we believe in making everything as easy as possible. So if you find that you have a maintenance issue at your rental property that you need to report, even if it is out of office hours, just go online and add the information, details of the issue, any photos that show the problem, and we will get onto your repair. We then have a clear audit trail and you can log-in at any time to see what is happening, or let us know everything is fixed. Simple!
We have put together a lot of the questions we are asked by our tenants so that they are all easily accessible in one place. However, if you have a question about your Bristol rental property or your tenancy, that we have not covered here, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will answer it for you! It is our mission to make your tenancy experience a good one.