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Tenants

The Renting Process

We understand that finding the right property for you can be time consuming; however it doesn't have to be stressful. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll take it from there. Search our current properties for rent by using the quick search above or why not drop into our office or give us a call, and talk to someone who really knows your area.


When you find a place through us we will make things as easy as we can, starting with a quick guide to the renting process:


Finding the right property
Viewing properties
Making an offer
Acceptance of your offer
References
Deposits, Fees and Initial rental payment
Tenancy Agreement
Inventory
Completion

Finding the right property

Register with Amity Properties  and take advantage of our extensive database of exclusive rental properties throughout The West Midlands. You can register by calling us on 0121 448 8080, or registering online or visiting us where you can discuss your property requirements with a member of our lettings team.


Viewing properties

Once we have a clear understanding of your requirements you will receive a selection of properties. We will email you when the latest properties become available and talk you through the suitability matching your criteria. We endeavour to arrange appointments that are convenient to you during weekdays, some evenings and on Saturdays.


Making an offer

Once you have selected a property and agreed the main terms of your tenancy, you will be required to complete a retainer deposit form where you may state any special conditions of your offer. Before we can communicate the offer to the landlord you will need to pay Amity Properties a retainer of £200.00 to show your intent to proceed with the tenancy and in this respect Amity Properties will make the necessary arrangements, subject to contract, for the commencement of the proposed tenancy. Once a retainer is received, Amity Properties will place the property ‘under offer’ on the Lettings market whilst we discuss your offer with the landlord. Your retainer will be credited to your security deposit. Any offer made is subject to satisfactory references being received and a tenancy agreement being completed.


Acceptance of your offer

When your offer has been accepted, we apply for references and begin preparation of the tenancy agreement between yourself and the landlord. In addition we will remove the property from the lettings market.


References

Amity Properties will either use an accredited referencing agency, Legal4Landlords, in order to establish a Tenant’s suitability for a property or we can check references ourselves (Bank, employment and previous landlord references will be required). The referencing agency will confirm the identity of the applicant, confirm that the Tenant is in a financial position to pay rent, establish whether there is any adverse financial history and obtain a previous landlord reference to satisfy the landlord that you are a credible Tenant. Alongside the referencing, Amity Properties will draw up and issue Tenancy agreements for the property and all the necessary documentation that you need in order to move in.


Deposits, Fees and Initial rental payment

Prior to a tenancy commencing and once satisfactory references are received, Amity Properties will provide you with a statement showing the initial monies due. This will include the first rental payment, normally one month or quarter in advance depending upon the terms agreed. The tenancy agreement fee and the deposit, usually the equivalent of 4-6 weeks’ rent, are collected at the same time as per the following;


  • First Month’s Rent – The first month’s rent is calculated on a calendar month basis, by multiplying the weekly rent by 52 and dividing by 12. However please note that in cases where we are unable to reference the tenant a different mutually agreed payment between the tenant and landlord may be agreed and required.
  • Security Deposit – the sum equivalent to 4-6 weeks rent. This is held against any breakages, missing items or damages over and above normal wear and tear throughout the tenancy. The security deposit is returned at the end of the tenancy, less any appropriate deductions. Security deposits taken by Amity Properties on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy are held according to the terms of The Deposit Protection Service. www.depositprotection.com
  • Fees - A one off administration fee of £175 is payable for the administration in processing a tenancy and a referencing fee of £75 per person.
  • A renewal charge of £50/£75 will be payable each time the tenancy is extended.

Tenancy Agreement

Both the Tenant and the Landlord are required to sign the Tenancy Agreement. This will form your letting contract and is legally binding. The agreement normally used is called an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. Once you have read the Tenancy Agreement and any queries raised have been answered we will invite you to come in, sign the agreement and pay the balance due on the tenant statement after the retainer. The remaining balance can be settled by either bankers draft (made payable to Amity Properties) or by telephone or bank transfer. The only stipulation being, funds must clear by the day you are moving in.


Your tenancy agreement will stipulate:


The term of your tenancy – the minimum length of time you agree to rent the property for


  • How much rent you will pay, and how often
  • Your responsibilities regarding bills, council tax and maintenance
  • Your rights and obligations as a tenant
  • Your landlord’s responsibilities and rights during your tenancy

Inventory

Before the tenancy begins, an inventory is prepared detailing the contents and condition of the property. On the day of your move you will either meet a check-in clerk at the property or collect the keys from our office. A copy of the report is supplied to both landlord and tenant.


Completion

You will need to arrange for the redirection of your email, and contact all of the relevant utility companies, service providers and your local council to set up accounts in your name.


Congratulations, you can now move into your new home!