Information for Tenants
Williamsons are a local independent family practice of Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Letting Agents and Valuers.
Williamsons are accredited with The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the National Association of Estate Agents. Williamsons are members of The Property Ombudsman Redress Scheme, with client money protection provided by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Tenant’s deposits are registered with the Deposit Protection Service (DPS). All properties are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, initially for a period of 6 months.
Referencing for each tenant (identity, immigration confirmation, financial credit checks, references from current and previous landlords/employers and any other relevant information to assess affordability.
Proof of Residency
Drivers Licence showing current address, Council Tax bill, utility bill (dated within the last 3 months), letter from employer on company headed paper confirming the applicant’s current address.
Proof of Identity
The Immigration Act 2014 requires all occupiers to prove their (right to rent). Each applicant must attend the Williamsons office in person and produce their passport, national identity card, biometric residency permit.
During your tenancy, unpaid rent/returned payments – interest at 3% above the Bank of England base rate from date due.
Holding Deposit – capped at One weeks rent
Paid by you to reserve the Property. This will only be retained by us 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.
Deposit – capped at 5 weeks rent where the annual rent is under £50,000 and 6 weeks rent where the annual rent is £50,000 or higher.
This will cover damages and defaults by the tenant as detailed in the AST during the tenancy.
Late payment of Rent
Interest will be charged at 3% above the Bank of England Base Rate from Rent Due date until paid in full. This will not be levied until the rent is more than 14 days in arrears with the interest calculated back from the first day of the arrears.
Lost Keys or security devices
Tenants are liable to the actual cost of replacing any lost key(s) (at a cost of £12 including VAT) 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 for the tenant, landlord any other persons requiring keys will be charged to the tenant.
Variation or changes to an existing tenancy agreement — £120 (Inc.VAT) per change.
This charge will cover the costs associated with taking landlord’s instructions as well as the preparation and execution of new legal documents. This also covers costs in ‘change of sharer’ situations and covers the landlord’s costs in securing a new sharing and associated legal requirements in processing that new sharers application.
Early Termination as requested by Tenant
Should you wish to leave the property before the end of your tenancy agreement, and should the landlord agree to this, then you will be liable to cover the landlord’s costs of re-letting the property as well as any rent due under the terms of your tenancy agreement up until the point the replacement tenancy commences.
Tenants will remain responsible, unless agreed otherwise, for all utility payments, TV licence and Council Tax accounts. Please refer to your AST for full information.