Signing up as a tenant with CPL
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Applying for a tenancy through Cambridge Property Lettings
- Arrange a viewing of the property
Please try to ensure all of you who intend to rent the property attend the viewing and when you are there have a good look round and ask questions. We are rarely able to arrange additional viewings, so make the most of the opportunity.
- Decide if you want to go ahead with renting the property
Obviously making a decision about anything isn’t easy, but try to make sure you are committed. If you change your mind it could be very expensive as your application fee is non-returnable. That said, don’t hang around – good properties are snapped up fast.
- Complete the Application Form and pay Referencing Fees
Potential tenants and any guarantors need to fill out an application from, which can be done online via our website. You will also need to pay a referencing fee of £125 per applicant over 18, plus £30 if a guarantor is required. (If your salary isn’t three times your portion of the annual rent, you will need a guarantor whose salary meets this requirement and who is resident in the UK). Fees can be paid by cheque or online transfer. Please note these fees are non-refundable.
Once application forms and fees have been received, the property will be removed from the market. The referencing usually takes 4 – 7 days and you can monitor its progress with the referencing tracker available on LetMC. Provided you have been truthful, your income is adequate and you don’t have any court judgements against you, you are unlikely to fail the checks. If you have any doubts or queries, please ask us for advice before you go ahead with referencing.
- Sign the Tenancy Agreement and (if necessary) pay a Holding Fee
Once you have been successfully referenced, you will all need to sign a copy of the lease and provide us with a colour copy of photo ID (passport or driving licence) for our records.
If your tenancy start date is more than four weeks from the date of signing, we will require a £400 holding fee. This will be set off against your start-up monies, but is non-returnable if you withdraw before commencing the tenancy. The signed tenancy agreements and holding fee (if appropriate) must be received within 14 days of the request or the property will be re-marketed.
- Pay Start-Up Monies
Start-up monies comprise:
• Deposit of one and a half month’s rent
• Pro rata rent due for the month of move-in
CPL will advise you of the amount due and account details to which it is to be paid. You will not be able to move in until the necessary funds have cleared in our bank account. If you pay the deposit and rent due in cash there is a cash handling fee of £1 per £100 cash received.
Your Deposit will be registered with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and will be kept in CPL’s Client Account. Full details will be supplied to you when you sign the Tenancy Agreement. Further details of the scheme can be found at www.thedisputeservice.co.uk.
- Set up a Standing Order with the bank for Rent payments
All rent payments will be due on the first of each month, therefore you should arrange for payment by standing order to arrive in our account no later than this date to avoid late payment charges (refer to Tenancy Agreement and Tenant section of our website).
Rents received by CPL after first of the month will incur a late payment charge of £20.
- Consider taking out Property Insurance
The landlord will insure the building and his contents. However, we strongly advise that you take out insurance for your own possessions, plus cover for any damage that may occur to the landlord’s.
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- Move in
Collect the keys from our office, move in and start enjoying your new home!