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Jimi Epps, Operations Manager

Everything we need to get you moving
The information we need before a tenancy

    • From all applicants we ask for:
        . two forms of identification
        . reference from a previous landlord, or
        . if you have not rented previously recently, we will usually ask you for a guarantor
        . a reference (status enquiry) from your bank or an ‘Equifax’ credit search 

    • If you are working, we will ask for:
        . a reference from your employer

    • If you are in new employment, we may also ask for:
        . a guarantor or previous employment references

    • If you are self-employed we will:
        . ask to see your most recent business accounts or request an accountants reference
        . we may request a guarantor where there is no accounts history

    • If you are a student we will need:
        . a letter from your college or uni to confirm you are a student there
        . a guarantor who guarantees the rent will be paid

Again this is only a general guide. Occasionally we vary these stipulations at the discretion of the landlord or applicant to ensure that a proper, but fair, check is made to verify the suitability of applicants for our landlords’ properties.

Before moving in
Presuming all the checks have been made satisfactorily, we’ll ask you:
    • to pay the balance of any deposit – usually equal to just over one month’s rent, minus the holding deposit you paid when you chose to take the property
    • to pay the first month’s rent in advance
    • to pay our administration fee (this covers the cost of preparing the tenancy agreements and 
    taking up references)
    • to read and sign the tenancy agreement.

What is the inventory?
When you first move into a property, we arrange for an inventory, which is an independent record of the condition of the property in every detail, the goods that are in the property and their condition.

This minimises any disagreements between the landlord and the tenants over the condition that the property has been left in, and helps prevent any disputes that could arise.

Paying your rent
Subsequent months’ rent should be paid by standing order either to your landlord or to us and you will be given details of which to do at the start of the tenancy.

The deposit
All deposits must be protected by one of the Tenancy Deposit Schemes licensed by the government, which
• provides an independent means of resolving any dispute that may arise between tenant and landlord
• means that landlords cannot unfairly hold on to tenants’ deposits
• gives all parties confidence that deposits are protected by a licensed organisation, which safeguards Tenancy Deposits against rogue landlords, tenants, and agents.

At the start of the tenancy, the landlord and the tenant are given details of how to get money returned. Should there be any breakages or damage to the property, both parties have an independent means of agreeing how the cost should be apportioned.

When you come to leave the property, an inventory clerk will come to do the ‘check out’, comparing the condition of the property and any contents to the inventory made at the start of the tenancy.

If there are no dilapidations, your deposit will be returned within 5 – 10 working days.

If the inventory identifies that dilapidations have occurred during your tenancy, your landlord may choose to withhold some of your deposit to cover the costs. In most cases, the amount to be withheld will be agreed between the tenant and the landlord, assisted by Lawlors where necessary, and the balance will be returned to you.

If you have any more questions about renting a property with Lawlors, please don’t hesitate to
contact us.

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