We take pride in operating with transparency at all times.
Please see below for our terms & conditions and fees for tenants
The Landlords Choice Property Management want you to be aware of the circumstances where you may incur a fee or charge in relation to a tenancy arranged through us, including during the application process. The fees and charges shown are payable to, and will be invoiced by, us.
This document does not contain details of sums which may be payable to a landlord under a tenancy agreement. You must refer to the terms of the tenancy agreement for this information. It also does not contain details of other costs associated with renting a property, such as gas, electricity, water, telephone, TV licence, Council Tax, and contents insurance. These will all be your responsibility, however, not your landlord’s.
We reserve the right to amend the fees and charges in this Tariff to reflect changes in our operating costs. A copy of the up to date Tariff at any time can be obtained from www.douglasandgordon.com. Where you have signed an Information and Terms & Conditions for Tenants Form no fees and charges in any amended Tariff will affect you unless the amendments are expressly permitted by that Form and have been notified to you.
To cover the cost of a professional guarantor referencing service providing a reference on a potential guarantor. If the tenancy proceeds, payment is due at the time of payment of deposit and first instalment of rent. Not payable if the tenancy does not proceed. Note: the fee is per guarantor to be named on the tenancy agreement – e.g. two named guarantors = two fees.
To cover the cost of a professional tenant referencing service providing a reference on a potential company tenant. If the tenancy proceeds, payment is due at the time of payment of deposit and first instalment of rent. Not payable if the tenancy does not proceed.
Amount: £60.00 including VAT
Payable when a tenant asks The Landlords Choice Property Management to provide a reference for them. Payment is due in advance of the reference being provided.
Payable at the time of the final inventory check-out when the tenant leaves the property. The amount due will depend on the amount charged by the independent inventory clerk engaged by us and will be notified to the tenant once it has been notified to us. Payment is due when the amount is notified by us. The deposit may not be returned in full until this fee has been paid.
Payable to cover the drawing up of the necessary paperwork if a tenancy is extended beyond its original term. Payment is due before the extension agreement is signed by the landlord.
Payable to cover the drawing up of a new tenancy agreement or deed of assignment should one tenant in a shared property be replaced by another tenant (with the consent of the landlord). Payment is due before the new tenancy agreement or deed of assignment is signed by the landlord.
After an offer has been accepted by a Landlord, which will be subject to contract and receipt of satisfactory references, it is normal for the prospective Tenant to place with The Landlords Choice Property Management a small deposit (normally the equivalent of one or two weeks rent) as a sign of their good intent. Should the Tenant decide not to proceed with the tenancy or if a satisfactory credit assessment and references are not obtained the Tenant will forfeit their deposit. Should the Landlord decide not to proceed the deposit will be refunded. If the tenancy goes ahead this administration deposit will be deducted from the initial monies payable.
The Landlords Choice Property Management reserve the right to use a professional tenant referencing service to assess a potential Tenant (and Guarantor if required), each named Tenant (and Guarantor if required) will be required to complete an application form. The tenant referencing company will ask you for details of your employer, bank, previous Landlord and a character referee. For your information, your bank will normally make a charge for providing a reference, which they will deduct directly from your account. Your references may be shown to the Landlord or an interested party acting on their behalf.
We are required to undertake document checks to establish whether each named Tenant has the right to rent a property in accordance with the Immigration Act 2014. We must obtain original versions of one or more acceptable documents and check the documents validity in the presence of the holder before the start of the tenancy.
We also require proof of address, e.g. a copy of a utility bill or a bank, building society or credit card statement showing your name and current address (no more than 3 months old).
Should a tenant request The Landlords Choice Property Management to provide a reference for the purposes of renting another property, our administration fee to the tenant for this service is £30.00 which is payable on request.
The initial payment will consist of the first instalment of rent, the deposit. Payment may be made by any of the following methods:
The Landlords Choice Property Management must be in receipt of cleared funds in full settlement of the amount shown on the initial invoice before the start of the tenancy.
Rent: Normally payable monthly or quarterly in advance to The Landlords Choice Property Management. Please note the monthly amount of rent payable is calculated as follows:
If you are asked to pay to anyone else please check for possible tax implications. NB – please note that for short lets you may be required to make payment in advance for the full term of the tenancy.
Deposit: An amount equal to, not less than, six weeks rental is normally required. The Landlords Choice Property Management is a member of the Deposit Protection Service which operates to safeguard your deposit and to ensure that any dispute over the return of the deposit after the tenancy has ended is resolved swiftly, inexpensively and impartially. Further details are available at http://www.depositprotection.com/
Please note that after the initial payment is made we will ask you to set up a standing order for all future payments. If there is more than one of you living in the property and you are sharing the rent between you, we will ask you to pay the rent from one account only and for a standing order to be set up from this one account. Please note that this standing order must be set up to leave your account (or joint account) 3 working days before the rent due date in order for it to arrive on time.
Usually a minimum of 52 weeks initially with any options for renewal and/or release clauses to be negotiated.
An inventory will normally be checked in at a pre–arranged time on the day the tenancy commences with an independent inventory clerk booked by The Landlords Choice Property Management . It is strongly recommended that the Tenant is present both for the check-in and check-out to avoid any disputes at the end of the tenancy. The charge for the inventory check–out will be for your account. The amount of the charge is determined by the inventory clerk and will be notified to you once it has been notified to us. You must inform us as soon as possible if you have to change an appointment in order to avoid cancellation charges.
The Tenant is responsible for the gas, electricity, water, telephone, TV licence and council tax bills for the duration of the tenancy. Either your Landlord or The Landlords Choice Property Management will contact the utility companies (apart from British Telecom) on your behalf and will instruct them to transfer the accounts into your name at the start of the tenancy. However, you should also contact the suppliers to make sure this has been done. Please do not arrange for any of the utilities to be transferred to a different supplier without letting us know. British Telecom will not accept our instructions on your behalf so please call them on Freephone 150 to arrange to have the telephone service transferred into your name.
The Tenant is responsible for insuring their own contents and we strongly recommend that you do so.
If the Tenancy is extended beyond its original term, a charge of £120.00 will be payable by the Tenant for drawing up the necessary paperwork. If a Tenant in a shared property wishes to be replaced by a new Tenant during the tenancy (subject to the Landlord’s consent and receipt of satisfactory references) a charge of £300.00 will be payable by the Tenant for drawing up a new Tenancy Agreement or Deed of Assignment. In addition‚ £45.00 including VAT will be payable by each new Tenant to cover the cost of taking up references.
At the commencement of the tenancy we will advise you who will be responsible for the day to day management of the property (this is not always The Landlords Choice Property Management ) and provide you with the relevant contact details. Where we are not managing the property we are unable to arrange any repairs or maintenance on the Landlord’s behalf, nor can we control how quickly repairs will be carried out. Where we manage the property it may be necessary in some instances for us to obtain the Landlord’s consent before arranging a repair.
By entering into a private residential tenancy agreement you agree you will not, without the prior consent of the landlord, (1) sublet the property; (2) advertise the property anywhere in print or via any other media, including any internet-based marketing websites or any social media or messaging websites or apps; (3) take in paying guests or lodgers.