Moving home is an exciting time, but it can become stressful if things don’t go to plan. At Winchester White, we believe that the process of renting property should be as smooth and straightforward as possible, with no hidden costs or unwelcome surprises. Our friendly, experienced team will be on hand to guide you all the way, from the initial search for your perfect rental property, to the day you pick up the keys to your new home.
This short, step-by-step guide is designed to help you with the basics, by outlining the process of renting property in Wimbledon and Battersea:
Step 1: Decide what you need in your new home
Before you begin your search it may be useful to work out what’s really important to you when it comes to choosing a rental property. A generous kitchen? Outdoor space? Proximity to good schools? At this time, it’s a good idea to put your ideal property wish list to one side and make a note of the basic features you really need. When it comes to a final decision you may have to weigh up things that you’d like to have, against those essential items you’ve identified.
Things to consider:
1. THE AREA
Do you want to live in a vibrant, central location or a quiet, residential road? Location is one of the most important decisions when choosing a home. You can use the local guide on this website to explore different areas in and around Wimbledon and Battersea.
2. SIZE AND TYPE OF PROPERTY
Your circumstances and lifestyle will dictate the size and scope of the property you require: are you looking for a compact studio flat or a substantial family home? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want a study area? Will you be happy to share a communal garden or do you prefer your own outdoor space?
3. TRANSPORT LINKS
We all want to improve our work/life balance; reducing the length of the daily commute can be a key factor when it comes to location. Decide how close you need to be to local bus routes, tubes and railway stations. If you drive to work, you should consider issues such as traffic congestion and parking.
For families, it is essential to consider the catchment areas for your preferred schools. Whether you’re looking to rent in Wimbledon or Battersea, there is plenty of choice in both the state and private sector. A list of local Primary and Secondary schools on this website will help with your search.
5. MOVE IN DATE
When do you need to move into the property? The sooner you can tell us the date, the sooner we’ll be able match your request with available properties.
Before you sign a rental contract, it’s important to work out the overall costs of living in your new home. Calculate your expected household budget per week and per month to include items such as food, utility bills, clothes, travel and entertainment. In addition to the cost of your rent you’ll need to pay Council Tax (the amount will vary, whether you live in Merton or Wandsworth borough council areas). Your deposit and removal costs are one-off payments that should also be included in your calculations.
Step 2: Start your search
Once you have a good idea of the type of property you are looking for and the budget you have to work with, it’s time to contact the Winchester White lettings team. Call us anytime between 8am and 8pm to make an appointment with one of our expert negotiators, who will help you find that perfect rental property.
Step 3: Viewings
As soon as you and your Winchester White Negotiator have put together a shortlist of suitable properties, you’ll be ready to start viewing. We’ll work around your commitments - with appointments outside office hours if that suits you best and be there to show you around.
Step 4: Confirmation of Offer
When you have found the perfect fit, your Negotiator will ask you to complete a Tenant Offer Form and present your offer to the Landlord.
Step 5: Offer Agreed and Reference Checks
As we’re sure you will appreciate, in order to assess your suitability as a tenant and your ability to pay your monthly rent, references and background checks for all tenants are required at this stage. You will be asked to provide:
- Proof of identity, such as a passport or driver’s licence
- References from your current Landlord or Lettings Agency
- Validation of your income
- Details of your employment
- Credit check
- Character references
These reference checks must be in order and completed before the offer can be agreed.
Step 6: Initial payments
While your references are being collected you will be invoiced for an initial deposit payment. This will include:
- Equivalent of 6 weeks' rental payment
- First month’s rent in full
- £300 + VAT administration fee
Your deposit will be held in a deposit protection scheme throughout the duration of your tenancy, allowing for a swift and efficient release of funds when the deposit is returned to you at the end of your contract.
Step 7: Sign the Tenancy Agreement
Your Winchester White Negotiator will handle all the paperwork for you and draw up the contract to be signed. This agreement must be signed by the landlord and by all tenants.
Step 8: Inventory Check
Prior to moving in, an inventory check will be made of all items in the property, and its general condition inspected. You will be asked to carefully check everything and agree that the contents and property condition are as they appear on the document. It is important that you do so, as this Inventory will later be used to check against any loss or damage at the end of your tenancy. A copy of the Inventory and the Check-In will be provided to you prior to the move in date.
Step 9: Move in!
On move in day, the Winchester White team will provide you with a pack, including everything you need – a set of keys, a welcome letter, details of who is managing your property and important contact numbers.
If you’re interested in renting a property in and around South West London, get in touch. Winchester White are letting specialist with local knowledge second to none, to ensure that we find you the perfect property.