Finding you the perfect home

Looking for somewhere new? Rent a property with AJ Knight. Please contact us to provide brief details about yourself and the accommodation you require. We will 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 suitable properties become available. It is wise to start looking about a month before you wish to move, as the nicer 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.

Please note that for your safety and peace of mind –

  • All of our managed properties are Gas Safe certificated 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 during normal office hours and you will invariably be accompanied by a member of staff, who can give advice and answer any questions you may have. We can also accommodate viewings outside of normal working hours if needed, please speak to a member of our team.

Reserving the property

Once you have decided on a property, you will need to reserve it by paying a ‘Referencing Deposit’ (aka ‘reservation deposit’), equivalent to one weeks rent. Assuming that the tenancy goes ahead, this will be deducted from the monies due before you move in. If the landlord declines to grant the tenancy, it will be refunded less our admin fee.

Please Note: the deposit will be forfeit if you decide not to proceed for any reason, or if any relevant person (including any guarantor(s)) withdraw from the tenancy, fail a Right-to-Rent check, provide materially significant false or misleading information, or fail to sign their tenancy agreement (and/or Deed of Guarantee) within 15 calendar days (or other Deadline for Agreement as mutually agreed in writing).

References

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

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 to our company bank account or your landlord’s bank account.

Deposit

A security deposit of five weeks rental will be required. This deposit will be treated in accordance with the Tenancy Deposit Protection regulations, and you will be informed of which protection scheme is utilized. 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.

Other Possible Fees During Tenancy

Unpaid Rent: Interest at 3% above the Bank of England Base Rate from Rent Due Date until paid in order to pursue non-payment of rent. Please note: This will not be levied until the rent is more than 14 days in arrears.

Lost Key(s) or other Security Device(s): Tenants are liable to the actual cost of replacing any lost key(s) or other security device(s). If the loss results in locks needing to be changed, the actual costs of a locksmith, new lock and replacement keys.

Variation of Contract – Change of Sharer(Tenant’s Request): £50 (inc VAT) per agreed variation. To cover the costs associated with taking landlord’s instructions as well as the preparation and execution of new legal documents.

Early Termination (Tenant’s Request): Should the tenant wish to leave their contract early, they shall be liable to the landlord’s costs in re-letting the property as well as all rent due under the tenancy until the start date of the replacement tenancy. These costs will be no more than the maximum amount of rent outstanding on the tenancy

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Our fees

At AJ Knight we understand the importance of having a clear payment structure. We do not hide any charges you may face during the course of your dealings with us. The following is a list of charges including some that you may never need to pay:

Prior to moving in

Referencing Deposit (equivalent to 1 weeks rent)

 This is to reserve a property. Please Note: This will be withheld if any relevant person (including any guarantor(s)) withdraw from the tenancy, fail a Right-to-Rent check, provide materially significant false or misleading information, or fail to sign their tenancy agreement (and / or Deed of Guarantee) within 15 calendar days (or other Deadline for Agreement as mutually agreed in writing).

On moving into your property

First month’s rent
Security deposit (equivalent to 5 weeks rent)

Possible Fees During the Tenancy

Unpaid Rent: Interest at 3% above the Bank of England Base Rate from Rent Due Date until paid in order to pursue non-payment of rent. Please note: This will not be levied until the rent is more than 14 days in arrears.

Lost Key(s) or other Security Device(s): Tenants are liable to the actual cost of replacing any lost key(s) or other security device(s). If the loss results in locks needing to be changed, the actual costs of a locksmith, new lock and replacement keys.

Variation of Contract – Change of Sharer(Tenant’s Request): £50 (inc VAT) per agreed variation. To cover the costs associated with taking landlord’s instructions as well as the preparation and execution of new legal documents.

Early Termination (Tenant’s Request): Should the tenant wish to leave their contract early, they shall be liable to the landlord’s costs in re-letting the property as well as all rent due under the tenancy until the start date of the replacement tenancy. These costs will be no more than the maximum amount of rent outstanding on the tenancy.

Insurance for Tenants

Need insurance? As appointed agents for more than one insurance broker we are able to offer a variety of insurance policies for both landlords and tenants, including the following –

• Tenant’s Contents
• Landlord’s Contents

Further details are available on request.

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