We’ve put together a step-by-step guide below, in hopes of giving understanding to renters on the stages of renting and finding your home. If you’re still unsure after reading, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Step Two – Starting your property search
Registering with Hawkes will allow for us to efficiently keep you updated on properties that match your search criteria. Anytime a property matching what you’re looking for becomes available, we’ll have the details emailed to you right away before it’s live on the market. You can opt to stop receiving updates at any time simply by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ button in the email.
To see what properties we currently have available search here, or call us on 020 7241 6563.
You should also register with local letting agents and inform them of your requirements mentioned above.
Step Three – Viewings and making an offer
London’s property market is dynamic and moves extremely fast. You should try to be as flexible as possible when allowing time for viewing properties. Many properties are made available and let the same day – if you’re not available for viewings, you might miss out on your ideal property!
Once you’ve decided on a property you’ve seen and are ready to proceed, you should inform the negotiator as soon as possible – they’ll then let you know the next steps!
When making an offer, be sure to inform your negotiator of your ideal move-in dates and any requests for furniture and/or decorations in the property. Hawkes have a simple to read holding deposit form whereby your landlord’s approval of any supply/removal of furniture or home improvements will be clearly stated.
Step Four – Securing your property
Once your offer is accepted you’ll be required to pay a holding deposit (typically equivalent to two weeks’ rent) to show intent and secure the property on your behalf. Holding deposits paid to Hawkes will ensure the property is taken off the market for a period of five days. During this period we will conduct reference checks on behalf of the landlord.
It’ll be useful to have specific details; such as your previous addresses, current landlord’s contact details and employer’s details – likewise, you should let your employer and all relevant referees know to expect correspondence from your estate agent’s referencing company. Details on the information that our referencing specialists may require can be found on our holding deposit form.
Step Six – Moving in
Once you’ve moved in to your new home, you should find out who is managing your property and have their contact details saved. You’ll need them in order to know who to contact in the event something goes wrong in the property.
It’s important you review your tenancy agreement before making any internal or external alterations to the property. No matter how small your intended alteration, it’s best you have your landlord or agent’s approval in writing to go ahead. Your tenancy agreement should usually state whether you’d need your landlord’s consent, prior to any adjustments to the property’s fixtures or fittings.