First time renting guide
Renting your first property can be very daunting as it may be your first time moving out of home or you may need to relocate for work so we are here for you at every step of the way.
We have put together a short guide for First Time renters covering a few key points that you need to take into account.
If you would like some advice or to have a chat with one of our specialists then call or pop into your local branch.
You can also check out the government's How To Rent: The Checklist For Renting In England.
What is your reason for moving, affordability & desired location.
Have a clear view of what your timescales are and any possible limitations, like current notice periods.
Look at local letting agents websites in Essex & Herts such as Intercounty.co.uk and register for early property alerts. Talk to friends and colleagues who live in the area and check local information.
Visit a Letting Agent
At Intercounty we always welcome the opportunity to talk to all our customers so drop in for a coffee and a chat about the market anytime. Meet our people, talk through your needs and register with us.
Income Protection & Home Contents Insurance
It is worth discussing income protection & contents insurance with your Embrace Independent Financial Advisor at this point.
View all relevant homes. In the current market we would suggest that you should be prepared to make decisions quickly as we are finding that some properties are reserved at the first viewing, this is when you pay your administration fee to initiate your application immediately.
Complete these and return with original photographic identification and proof of address (e.g. utility bill)
Your referencing will be processed taking approximately 7 working days and you will receive the terms agreed in writing. Intercounty will call you to discuss the outcome of the referencing.
Deposit and Tenancy Agreement
You will receive the tenancy agreement before the start of the tenancy and we must receive the deposit in our bank account before the tenancy starts.
Once the agreement has been signed and the standing order set up you may collect the keys on the day your tenancy commences. Intercounty will provide you with the Energy Performance certificate, the Landlords Gas safety certificate (if relevant), contact details for your property and any emergency contractors details.
When you have moved in, Intercounty will send your proof of deposit registration for you to check, sign and return.
If the property you are renting is managed by Intercounty we will be carrying out property visits.
At least 2 months prior to the end of your fixed term Intercounty will contact you to discuss your future plans.
This allows further commitment, planning and budgeting for another fixed term. The process replicates the start of the original tenancy.
If you wish to serve notice please contact Intercounty as soon as possible. It will take effect from your 'next' rental due date.
At Intercounty we use Docusign Digital Transaction Management to get most of our paperwork signed. Docusign is the global standard for digitally signing documents without ever having to print them out. It is legally recognised and documents can be received, read and signed from any device connected to the internet, anywhere in the world.
You will be sent an email when your paperwork is ready and with just a few clicks or taps you can open, review and sign your documents. The completed legal copy is returned when all parties have signed and completed their part.
For more information simply visit www.docusign.co.uk or speak to a member of the Intercounty staff.