Step by Step Guide to Renting in Cambridge
Looking after you and your property
Cambridge is a fantastic place to be, and we know that enjoying where you live plays a big part in your experience of it. We want to help you find the right home for you, guide you through the steps leading up to move in, and be there for you when problems arise, both large and small.
To start you off, here's our step-by-step guide to organising rented accommodation
Step One: Choose who you want to live with
Living with friends in a proper home can be a really fun experience, but you do need to make sure your house mates have a fairly similar approach to life as you, or you could end up miserable. We at Cambridge Property Lettings think only you can really know who you will get along with, so we don't try to match tenants together. We have student houses for between 2 and 6 tenants, and all bedrooms are individual.
Step Two: Decide on your price range
Get your group together to discuss choosing your new home. Agreeing price is vital - everyone needs to be able to comfortably afford their share of the rent, with enough left over for bills and everyday living expenses. Would you prefer an 'All bills included' rent?
As students you will each need a UK based guarantor who has an annual salary of no less than 36 x one months rent divided by the number of bedrooms. It will help if you all talk to your guarantors at this time to ensure they are aware of the requirements. If you do not have a UK guarantor, contact Housing Hand (www.housinghand.co.uk) who may be able to act for you.
Step Three: Decide what you are looking for
Location is an important factor - would you prefer a quiet or lively area, close to the shops or within easy reach of the river and open spaces? How near do you want to be to college and university facilities or travel connections such as the bus and railway stations? All of this will of course depend on whether you want everything to be within walking distance or you are prepared to cycle or catch a bus. Properties further out from the centre tend to be less expensive, so it's worth discussing this option. How important are features such as a shared living area to relax in together? Most of our student properties include this all important communal space, and all come furnished, and equipped with white goods (things like a fridge and washing machine).
Step Four: Start searching
Click Here to see what properties we have available now, and Click Here for property alerts, to be among the first to see new properties as soon as they become available. If you spot something you like, why not hit the 'Share' button so others in your group can see instantly.
Step Five: Arrange Viewings
Make sure all of your group are able to view at the same time, as all of you need to have seen the property before you can apply. There is a great deal of competition for good properties, so be prepared to move fast.
Step Six: Apply
When you have seen the property you would like, you all need to complete an application via the following link Click Here
Once we have received identity documents and satisfactory referencing of tenants and guarantors, the tenancy paperwork will then be emailed to you for online signature.
Step Seven: Right to rent checks
We are required by law (Immigration Act 2014) to ensure all adult tenants have the right to rent in the UK. For this all tenants 18 and older will need to visit our office in person with the required information. The time frame for this will be confirmed when your referencing is complete.
Step Eight: Move in
Before moving in you will need to pay the first rent payment and deposit. We also suggest you set up a joint household bank account, with a standing order to us which ensures we receive rent as one payment on the 1st of each month. Your Property Manager will give you a time to collect your keys. Then the excitement of moving in and enjoying your new home can begin! Before you actually move your things in, check through the inventory. Mark any differences and if possible take photos. The inventory must be returned to us within 48 hours.
Step Nine: Enjoy Cambridge!
Don't forget your Property Manager is there for you throughout your tenancy to help with any niggles or queries. Read the Handbook which is specially prepared for your property, with plenty of tips to help you make the most of your new home. Maintenance issues can easily be reported via our website and for more urgent matters there is an out-of-hours phone line.
A note about insurance:
The landlord will insure the building and his contents, however, we strongly advise you take out insurance for your own possessions plus cover for any accidental damage that might occur to the landlord’s possessions. ONLINE INSURANCE QUOTE