Your guide to renting a property
Renting a property in London is one of the most flexible ways of taking residency in the capital. Being a tenant is clearly different to owning a property and Hanover employs dedicated lettings specialists and has membership to ARLA - Association of Residential Lettings Agents, for your peace of mind.
We will guide you through every aspect of renting a property, from registering your requirements and explaining the referencing process to setting out your responsibilities and making clear tenant fees.
Hanover places great emphasis on professional standards. We follow ARLA’s strict code of conduct and operate in a transparent manner so both the tenant and landlord have confidence during the tenancy agreement.
Our rental property guide
is a good introduction to becoming a responsible tenant
Tenants - What you need to know
Renting a property is binding contract between a tenant and landlord, where the tenant pays for the privilege of living in the landlord’s property. Tenants have the right to know who their landlord is, and be protected against unfair eviction and unfair rent charges. There are also rules governing access to the rental property to preserve a tenant’s peace and privacy.
Unlike living in a hotel, there is a duty of care resting with the tenant. A tenant is responsible for taking care of the property, letting the landlord know of any issues as soon as they arise, paying the agreed rent at the agreed time and repairing any damage - accidental or malicious - caused by the tenant or their visitors. A tenant is expected to change fuses and light bulbs, unblock sinks and replace batteries in smoke alarms as part of ‘running repairs’ and general DIY.
Landlords - Quality and safety guaranteed
The rental property should be provided in a safe and satisfactory state of repair. A landlord must ensure there are working smoke alarms, gas safety certificates proving all gas appliances have been serviced and professionally installed, and proof of electrical testing before a tenant moves in. There are other requirements pertaining to fire regulations and furnishings, which Hanover is happy to explain. A landlord must give a tenant 24 hours’ notice before entering the property, unless there is an emergency.
Tenancy set-up costs
Renting a property is quicker and cheaper to set up than buying a property. The associated fees, however, should be factored into your overall budget. As well as the monthly rent, allow for a deposit (usually six weeks’ worth of rent), administration/agency fees and any removal costs. Our fees are as follows: administration - £195 incl. VAT, referencing - £50 per person incl. VAT plus two week reservation deducted from the first month’s rent off rent and a six week security deposit held.
The 3 R’s - Registration, References and Rent
Finding the right tenant for London’s rental properties is a skill that we have perfected at Hanover. Part of that professional process is referencing. We will open dialogue with previous landlords and current employers as well as requesting photographic ID and a council tax or utility bill valid within the last three months.
Once these documents have been verified and the references have been satisfactorily returned, we will register a tenant’s property requirements, noting the budget, location, style and size of property required. Hanover has a collection of fine houses and flats to rent in London, so why not browse our online listings today or contact us to register your details?
Securing your deposit
Your deposit will be placed in a Government-approved deposit protection scheme, which protects your deposit, should any disputes arise at the end of the tenancy. For your full deposit to be returned, the tenancy must have run without issue and the property returned to the landlord in a like-for-like condition.
Only the best will do
Your dream property might already be on our books as we represent some of London’s finest rental homes. If we don’t have anything suitable, you’ll be informed as soon as anything meeting your requirements comes to the market. One of the Hanover team will accompany you on any viewings, ready to answer any questions about the property, the tenancy details and the local area.
Reserving your London rental property
Tenants must make an offer to the landlord by way of the representing agent. Once the offer is accepted, a tenancy agreement or contract will be created. Tenants should familiarise themselves with this document as it will set out the rights, responsibilities and rules pertaining to the property and those involved.
A tenancy agreement is a legal document that must be signed in person, usually in the letting agents’ office, by both the tenant and the landlord. The representing agent will commission an independent inventory report, detailing the contents and condition of the property - a vital document that will be called upon during any disputes. The tenant must understand the role of an inventory and agree it fairly represents the property they are renting. The final step of reserving a rental property is paying the deposit, any administration fees and the first monthly rental.
The end of a tenancy
Once the tenancy tenure is up, the tenant can either renegotiate to extend their stay or vacate the property. If moving on, there will be a check out procedure where the property’s condition is checked and compared to the inventory. Any discrepancies and damage may forfeit some or all of the deposit.