If you are looking for a property close to town, a character village cottage or a rural farmhouse, it is likely you will be able to find just what you want from one of our South West offices.
Our dedicated and helpful staff, who deal with residential lettings in Somerset, Devon and Dorset will be happy to assist with every aspect of finding the ideal home to rent, from advising you on the local area to arranging viewings of suitable properties. They will then guide you through the paperwork prior to you settling into your new home - all in a thoroughly professional manner.
Terms & Conditions
When you have seen the property you are interested in renting, all occupiers over the age of 18 will need to complete a Tenancy Application Form and will be named in the formal Tenancy Agreement. References will be taken up on behalf of the Landlords which normally include credit checks, current employment details, previous Landlord/Letting Agents references and if self employed, accounts and income details for the past three years.
A fee is payable at this stage to cover the cost of administration and referencing. This payment is non refundable should your references prove to be unsatisfactory or you withdraw from the property. Conversely, if the Landlord withdraws the property or your application does not proceed because of circumstances beyond your control, then the fee will be refunded to you, less the cost of the actual credit references.
The Tenancy Agreement
This is a contractual Agreement between yourself and the Landlord. It is a legally binding document on both parties and clearly sets out the terms and conditions and the obligations of both parties during the period of the tenancy. Most tenancies will be of a Standard Assured Shorthold format and will run for a minimum period of six months and thereafter on a month to month basis or such other period as may be agreed between the parties.
Before you can take occupation of the property, the Tenancy Agreement must be signed and we must hold cleared funds representing the deposit and the first month's rent.
The first month's rent is payable in advance with all future payments payable by standing order. In certain circumstances, alternative methods of payment may be allowed, although this should be agreed in advance either with ourselves or, with the Landlord.
Before the tenancy commences, we will require a deposit representing one and a half month's rent of the property. The deposit is held by ourselves as stakeholder on behalf of the Landlord and with no interest payable to either party. The purpose of the deposit is to cover any loss or damage that may arise to the Landlord's property, during the tenancy.
Tenancy Deposit Scheme and The Dispute Service
It is a statutory requirement that all deposits are now protected. GTH operate an insurance based scheme as members of RICS and ARLA through The Tenancy Deposit Scheme. The legislation sets out clear time scales and the manner in which deposits and any disputes are to be dealt with at the end of a tenancy. For further information please visit the website www.tenancydepositscheme.com
The TDS also offer a new free custodial scheme alongside its original insured deposit protection plan. More information about the new scheme can be found here: www.custodial.tenancydepositscheme.com.
Schedule of Condition and Inventory
Prior to your occupation of the property, a Schedule of Condition and Inventory of any contents at the property may have been prepared. If so, copies will have been provided to you at the commencement of the tenancy and it is imperative that you check its accuracy, sign and return to GTH as quickly as possible. Any discrepancies must be reported immediately since this will form the basis of resolving any dispute relating to damage to the property or contents at the end of the tenancy.
Where properties are managed by GTH, they will be the subject to periodic inspections in order to confirm that the manner in which you are occupying the property is correct and that you are complying with your obligations under the terms of the Tenancy Agreement. Such visits are normally undertaken quarterly and by prior appointment with the tenant. We do nevertheless reserve the right to enter properties to undertake these inspections where all reasonable efforts to confirm an appointment have failed.
Tenants are usually liable for all service and utility charges including Council Tax relating to the property. GTH undertake to notify the providing companies and Local Authority and provide them with commencing meter readings and start dates. Similarly end meter readings and termination dates are provided to the relevant statutory and Local Authorities.
It is the tenant's responsibility for ensuring their own personal effects and with a policy adequate to cover any damage that may be occasioned to the Landlord's buildings or contents.
This is by no means a definitive list of the obligations that will affect you during the tenancy. For further information please contact any of our Lettings offices.