All of our properties in England & Wales will have a ‘price per month’ cost of rent and that does not include any utility bills or Council Tax (unless specified on the property details), so it is important that you factor those additional costs into your budget. Your rent will be paid in advance, so prior to moving into your new home you will need to settle the first months’ rent (or more if you are paying for a longer period in advance as negotiated with your landlord).
A holding deposit equal to one week’s rent must be paid in order to reserve a property. Should your application and following references be acceptable, this amount will be put towards the balance of your first month’s rent.
We will need a bond or deposit equal to 5 weeks’ rent or 6 weeks’ rent (where annual rent is more than £50,000).
For the period of your tenancy, this will be protected by the DPS (Deposit Protection Custodial Scheme).
Most of the time, bonds and deposits are quickly refunded after the tenancy is over and no claims are made. However, if a disagreement cannot be resolved, the subject might be forwarded to the selected deposit scheme for an independent resolution.
At Homelink Lettings we cover a wide area from Newport to Chepstow and can help you to find a rental property in any of these locations: Chepstow, Newport, Cardiff, Bulwark, Langstone, Mathern, Penhow, Caerwent, Caerleon, Portskewett, Malpas, Sudbrook, Rogerstone, Caldicot, Bassaleg, Rogiet, Duffryn, Magor, Risca, Usk, St Julian’s, Llanvair-Discoed, Gaer, Shirenewton, Beechwood, Crick, Christchurch, Sedbury, Brynglas, Tutshill, Pwllmeyric
Our default tenancy agreement is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy covered by the regulations in England including the Housing Act 1988 (as amended 1996, 2004). However, if your situation falls within one of the following criteria then you will be unable to have an AST and instead will have a contractual tenancy: You are a company (not an individual), this is not your main residence, the rent is over £100,000 pa, or the landlord also resides in the property. Please ensure that you fully understand your obligations to the tenancy before you sign and commit yourself.
A thorough inventory and schedule of condition report will be provided to you at the start of your contract if Homelink Lettings is managing your rental property. Please keep in mind that this document is for both your protection and the protection of your landlord. If it is not returned with any required amendments within 5 working days, the accepted condition will be determined based on the inventory that was issued. Meter readings: It is always advisable to take your own meter readings as you enter the property and pass these to your utility providers as soon as possible.
The government’s guidance on the Tenant Fees Act 2019 contains information about the fees that letting agents and landlords are prohibited to charge tenants, as well as the fees that are permitted. You can read this by clicking HERE.
Every 3-6 months, Homelink Lettings landlord will conduct routine inspections of the property. During this visit, the property’s structure will be examined, and any maintenance issues will be checked for.
While it is ideal to visit while you are at home, that may not always be possible, and we are willing to come using management keys if that is acceptable to you. If possible, please leave a list of anything that you would like us to check during the inspection.
Appointments will be scheduled in advance at a mutually acceptable date and time.
Once you have selected a suitable property and your offer has been accepted by the landlord you will be requested to pay a holding deposit to reserve the property while we gather references.
PLEASE NOTE: We can only hold a property for up to 15 days after receiving a holding deposit (unless an extension is agreed upon in writing by both parties).
Referencing usually takes between 3 to 5 working days (or 5 to 10 working days if references are required from a large organisation) and once references are accepted by the landlord, a moving-in date can be agreed upon.
We work with a reputable referencing agency in order to evaluate your credit-worthiness, employment status and salary, and rental history from your previous landlord.
Please get in touch with us to set up an appointment once you’ve decided upon the property or properties you want to see. You can use the online enquiry form found beneath each property listing. Every viewing will be accompanied by a member of our staff who can answer any questions you might have. By prior arrangement, we can help with transportation to and from the property.
When you move into your new rental home you will receive the following documents, which are a legal responsibility and should be kept safe:
It is a legal requirement for Homelink Lettings or your landlord to provide you with a copy of the most up-to-date guide ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’ as a printed copy or, if you agree, via email as a PDF attachment. If you wish to view a copy of this document now you can click here.