At HSB Homes we believe in matching the right tenant with the right property.
Step 1: Decide on the basics
The more you know about what you want, the easier your search will be. Before you even start looking, make a list of what's important to you. Consider whether you want a house or flat and which areas appeal to you.
Of course, you'll sometimes have to trade off one good thing against another. It's a good idea to divide your wish list into "essential" and "nice to have", to make these decisions easier.
Probably the most important question. Do you want to live near your work? Is there a good school in the area & how long is the school run? In a village, somewhere rural or somewhere in a town centre? Take some time at a weekend to drive around and get a feel for the areas you're considering. We have houses and flats across the Peterborough area and in the surrounding areas so it can be helpful to make a list of postcodes or even streets that you'd consider to narrow down your search.
Size and type
A few things to consider:
•House or flat in?
•How many bedrooms? Do you need a spare room?
•What outside space do you want?
Step 2: Start looking
Once you know what you're after, it's time to start looking. Bear in mind that most landlords are looking for tenants who can move in within 4-6 weeks. If you won't be ready to move by then, it might be worth waiting.
Call or register your details with us and we can keep you updated. Bear in mind that if we don't have your details you won't be the first to hear about new properties.
Step 3: Look around the places you like
Once you've found a property that you like the look of, we can make a viewing appointment so you can get a real feel for the place.
Step 4: Agree to rent
When we have found you a property we will proceed as follows:
•We will require an Administration Fee of £160 single applicant and £200 for a couple to cover referencing charges and contract preparation. Please note this fee is non-refundable should the tenant subsequently withdraw from the tenancy or references are deemed unsatisfactory.
•Once the referencing is successfully completed we will prepare the Tenancy Agreement for you to read through and sign. Once tenancy agreements are signed and executed the tenancy becomes legally binding.
•The inventory will be forwarded to you and you will be given fair time to check through the document and make any amendments you feel necessary.
•You will be required to pay one month's rent in advance of the tenancy start and also the deposit which is usually one months rent plus £100. These funds must be received and cleared into our account before the tenancy can start.
•The rent should then be paid by standing order each month and received in cleared funds on the rent due date.
•Tenants must have contents insurance for the term of the tenancy.
Step 5. Move in and enjoy your new home!