Tenants Information and Fees

Our aim is to find you the perfect property to suit your requirements.

Finding a property

The first step is to contact us to provide brief details about yourself and about the accommodation you require. We then search our database for suitable properties for you to view. If not urgent, we log your details so that we can contact you as and when they become available. It is wise to start looking about 4 to 8 weeks before you wish to move, as the better properties are viewed and reserved quickly. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months, which may be renewed if all parties are in agreement.

  • To view our selection of available properties to let please use the Property Search boxes above.
  • To register your requirements please click on the Register tab above.

Please note that for your safety and peace of mind -

  • All of our managed properties are Gas Safe certificated, and inspected for electrical safety, and furniture fire safety.
  • All Tenancy Deposits (bonds) are held in accordance with the Deposit Protection Regulations.
Viewings

Viewings will be arranged at times to suit you, including evenings and weekends, and you will invariably be accompanied by a member of staff, who can give advice and answer any questions you may have.

References

As a minimum we will require satisfactory references from your employer, a previous or current landlord, and a credit reference report. We may also require a personal reference, and sometimes a guarantor. We will use the services of an independent referencing company to obtain and evaluate these references.

Any personal information will be kept secure and LRF Lettings are registered with the Information Commissioner's office for Data Protection and Ombudsman Services.

Reservation fee

Upon reserving a property, applicants will be required to pay £500. This will hold the property for you and contributes towards your first month's rent, but is non-refundable should you withdraw your interest. Please note that this payment in advance does not constitute a tenancy but is proof of your intention to proceed.

In the event that the landlord declines to grant the tenancy, it will be refunded to you in full.

Fees to Tenants

When you have found the property you wish to rent, and the Landlord has agreed to proceed with referencing, you are required to pay £65 per tenant, £75 per guarantor. For a Company reference the fee is £150. This is payable prior to taking references and is non refundable should references prove unsatisfactory.

(Fees are non-refundable should references prove unsatisfactory)

LRF Lettings charge £170 administration fee per tenancy to include the drawing of a Tenancy Agreement and registration of deposit. We currently do not charge VAT. This together with the balance of the first month’s rent plus deposit is due by the tenancy start date. Payment must be made directly into our bank account and we recommend you allow 3 clear working days. We are unable to hand over keys to a property unless cleared funds have appeared in our account.

In the event that the landlord declines to grant the tenancy, it will be refunded to you in full.

Rents

Rents are normally quoted calendar monthly, and payable monthly in advance. The tenant is usually also responsible for Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity and Telephone costs. All rents are payable by bank standing order, details of which will be given to you when you move in.

Deposit

A security deposit of a minimum of one and a half month's rent will normally be required. In the case of pets being permitted the deposit will rise to two month’s rent. This deposit will be treated in accordance with the Tenancy Deposit Protection regulations, and you will be provided with the appropriate prescribed information and receive details regarding the scheme used. The deposit is held to cover damage, breakages, and any other liabilities under the terms of your tenancy agreement. Please note that under no circumstances can the deposit be used by the tenant to cover rent.

End of Tenancy Charge

Tenants will not be charged for the ingoing Inventory/Schedule of Condition but please note there is provision within the Tenancy Agreement for the Landlord to deduct money from your deposit at the end of the tenancy for the Inventory Check Out fee.

FURTHER CHARGES DURING AND AT THE END OF YOUR TENANCY

Change of Tenant (subject to Landlord approval) £200 plus reference fee

Tenancy Agreement Renewal £40

Inventory Check Out fee – (current prices are as follows but should be used as a guide only as prices may change by the time your tenancy ends)

Studio/1 bedroom £85

2 bedroom £95

3 bedroom £110

4 bedroom £120

5 bedroom £130

Should your Landlord have cause to instruct LRF Lettings to write to you about a breach of your tenancy, including rent arrears, the following charge will apply:

*Messages to tenants regarding rent arrears or breach of any of the clauses in the Tenancy Agreement - £5 per telephone call or text message, £10 per email.

*Written correspondence to the Tenant/s with regard to rent arrears or breach of any of the clauses in this Tenancy Agreement the Tenants - £25 per letter and £30 per Section 8 Notice.

Agents administration cost of £25 should a standing order or cheque not be paid or is recalled

Interest on late payment of rent.

Agents charge of £35 in respect of the Tenant denying access for a pre-arranged inspection visit.

The Tenant may be responsible for any call out charges in respect of any heating system or appliances at the property (for which an operating manual has been supplied) reported as being faulty, but which turns out to be an operating error by the Tenant.

If the Tenant requests a staff member of LRF Lettings to wait at the property during a tradesman visit the charge will be £40 per hour or part thereof. This service is not guaranteed and is only available if a member of staff is available.

£50 for an aborted Inventory Check Out (for example if keys are not returned by 9am the morning after the tenancy end date or by agreed time.

Cost of new locks/keys if all keys are not returned within 3 days of the tenancy end date (minimum charge of £100).

£15 charge if the standing order for rent is not cancelled following the end of the tenancy, resulting in LRF Lettings having to arrange a refund.