» Finding a Property
Our staff will be pleased to give you advice and guidance on areas, properties and the ins-&-outs of renting a home. The majority of the properties EPS look after are occupied at any given time, so please bear in mind that we need to give tenants at least 24 hours notice when arranging viewings.
Having decided on the property you would like to rent:
You complete an application form.
You pay a holding fee of £100.
As soon as EPS receive your completed form and holding fee the property is reserved for you.
The information you supply on the form is passed to an independent specialist agency, who run credit checks and take up references.
» Moving in
Once these checks have been completed, we’ll arrange a moving-in date with you. At this stage you’ll be given a tenancy agreement to read and sign, along with an invoice of the following charges:
The first month’s rent.
Deposit. This is usually the equivalent of one month’s rent (less the £100 holding fee already paid) and is held by EPS throughout the tenancy against any damages or dilapidations.
EPS Agency Fee: 30% of one month’s rent, plus VAT.
Before you move into the property you should return the signed tenancy agreement to EPS together with your payment (in cleared funds – banker’s draft, building society cheque or cash). You’ll also be asked to complete a standing order for your bank to pay your monthly rent instalments.
When you move in, a member of EPS staff will meet you at the property and show you, for example, where the meters and fuse box are and how to operate the heating system and cooker. They will also run through an inventory with you describing the contents and condition of the property and you’ll be asked to sign a copy.
» Looking After the Property
EPS Residential actively encourage (and assist) our landlords to keep their properties maintained in good condition. We also expect our tenants to keep their home clean, tidy and in good order.
It’s vital that tenants in occupation tell us as soon as possible if any maintenance is needed. By doing this we can make sure that minor defects don’t become major problems and at the same time your enjoyment of the property will be maximised.