Properties are usually available for a minimum term of 12 months with a break-clause (minimum 6 months) by negotiation, although most Tenancy Agreements can be extended subject to the Landlord's agreement. Unless you are taking the property in the name of your company, the Tenancy Agreement used will be an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, your rights of which are protected under the landlords and Tenants Act and the housing Act which allows you to seek the rights of the Housing Act.
A deposit equivalent to five weeks rent will be held as an agent of the Landlord against any outstanding dilapidations, if any, at the end of the tenancy. The deposit will be returned, less any agreed deductions, after a full report has been made to the Landlord at the end of the tenancy. This is normally repaid within 7 to 10 days of vacating the property.
Each Tenancy is subject to the receipt of satisfactory references, which will need to be approved in writing by the Landlord. These will typically include confirmation of employment along with salary, previous landlord's reference, proof of residency and photographic I.D
Initial Rent Payment
In addition to the deposit mentioned above, one month's rent is required at the commencement of the tenancy, this must be in cleared funds before occupation can start.
The rent is calculated on a calendar month basis and is payable on the due date.
You are responsible for all utility bills, unless otherwise specified by the landlord's agent; this will include council tax, water, electricity and gas (if applicable). We will notify the relevant utility company's on your behalf at the beginning of the Tenancy.
You are responsible for the Council Tax and should therefore ensure that the Local Authority has your personal details together with the date of the commencement of your Tenancy. Students need to register for Council Tax, although in most cases students are exempt from this charge. If you are living alone you may qualify for a discount. Kingston Council 020 8547 5007 Kingston council website www.kingston.gov.uk
In most cases, there will be a detailed Inventory and Schedule of Conditions for each property. An independent Inventory Clerk will be instructed to conduct a 'check-in' appointment at the commencement of the Tenancy, the cost of which will be met by the Landlord. The Inventory Clerk will also perform a 'check-out' appointment at the end of the Tenancy, this cost will also be borne by the landlord. The cost of this can vary dependent on the size of the property. The Inventory Clerk will endeavor to provide you with meter readings both at the check-in and check-out appointments. MONIES THAT NEED TO BE RECEIVED BEFORE MOVING INTO A PROPERTY One calendar month's rent Six weeks deposit Administration charges (Tenancy Agreement, References and Inventory 'check-in'