Information For Tenants
Ashgrove Property Services let and manage unfurnished houses and flats throughout Gloucestershire. Please note that for your safety and peace of mind –
- All of our managed properties are gas safety certificated, and inspected for electrical safety.
- Security deposits (bonds) are held in an approved Deposit Protection Scheme in accordance with legal requirements.
Guide for Tenants
Looking for a property to rent
The first step is to contact Ashgrove Property Services and provide brief details about yourself and the accommodation you require. We then search our database for suitable properties for you to view. If not urgent, we log your details so that we can contact you as suitable rental properties become available. It is wise to start looking for a property about a month before you wish to move, as properties are viewed and reserved quickly. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months.
Viewings can be arranged at times to suit you, including evenings and weekends, and you will be accompanied by a member of staff, who can give advice and answer any questions you may have.
Reserving the property
Once you have decided on a property, you will need to reserve it by paying a ‘holding deposit’. Assuming that the tenancy goes ahead, this will be deducted from the monies due before you move in. If the landlord declines to grant the tenancy, it will be refunded, less any deductions. However the deposit will be forfeit if you decide not to proceed for any reason, or if you fail to provide complete and accurate information in your application.
As a minimum we will require satisfactory references from your employer, and a previous or current landlord. We may also require a personal reference, and sometimes a guarantor. In addition a credit check will be undertaken. We may use the services of an independent referencing company to obtain and evaluate these references. Right to rent checks will be made and charged for separately.
Rents are normally quoted calendar monthly, and payable monthly in advance. The tenant is usually also responsible for Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity and Telephone costs. All rents are payable by bank standing order to our company bank account.
A security deposit of a minimum of one month’s rental must be paid, and will be held by Mydeposits throughout the tenancy. (Details of mydeposits can be found at www.mydeposits.co.uk. This is held to cover damage, breakages, and any other liabilities under the terms of your tenancy agreement. Please note that under no circumstances can the deposit be used by the tenant to cover rent.
Insurance for Tenants
We are able to provide leaflets on a variety of insurance policies for both landlords and tenants, including the following:-
Up to your selected sum insured for damage to your household furniture, carpets, equipment, furnishings, clothing and personal possessions whilst in your home (excludes business equipment). This is highly recommended.
Up to £2,500 for accidental damage to your landlord’s contents, fixtures & fittings for which you are responsible.
Up to your selected sum insured for loss or accidental damage to your clothing, watches, jewellery, spectacles, other valuables (excluding mobile telephones) and pedal cycles whilst away from your home anywhere in the UK or whilst temporarily elsewhere in the world. Theft from unattended vehicles must be from a locked boot.
Further details of insurance products are available on request.
At the End of Tenancy
Meeting at property to go through inventory and check condition of property. Take final utility readings, return of keys.
Independent Redress Scheme Provided by:
Property Redress Scheme.
Ashgrove Property Services is a member of a Client Money Protection Scheme. All deposits are registered with mydeposits and paid into a designated client account.