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You will have an idea on your basic requirements: price, location, size and type of property etc.Make sure to work out your monthly expenditure. Remember, there are more than 4 weeks in a calendar month i.e. £200 per week x 52 weeks, divided by 12 = £866.67 per calendar month. You will also be responsible for paying Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electric, Telephone and Broadband.

Our staff will listen to your requirements, which will give them a clear understanding of what you are looking for to avoid wasted trips to unsuitable properties. We can offer accompanied viewings to suit you, whether this is during the day, in your lunch break or on a Saturday.

 

Securing your property

Once you have identified the property you would like to rent we will submit your offer to the Landlord for consideration. We will require a reservation fee (equivalent to 1 month’s rent) subject to any conditions, which may have to be agreed with the landlord. Once the reservation fee is taken then the marketing of the property will be suspended whilst references are carried out. Should you withdraw from the application or if your application is unsuccessful due to false information the reservation fee will not be refunded. If you fail our referencing tests and enquiries, the reservation fee will be refunded less our reference and administration fees.

 

Referencing & fees

Each prospective tenant (over the age of 18 years) is vetted through Legal 4 Landlords: an independent referencing agency. Each tenant intending to live in the property must therefore complete a Legal 4 Landlords reference application form. This application form asks for personal information and is used to conduct a Credit Assessment. Before an application can proceed we also require a minimum of two forms of identification for each applicant:

 

Photo ID such as valid passport or EU driving licence

I Proof of address such as a utility bill, bank statement or Council Tax statement (no older than 3 months)
I Additionally, we ask you to provide copies of work permits and resident visas where appropriate
The reference/credit checks usually take 4-5 working days to be completed, but this timescale can vary. Our staff can email you the forms to complete and return or you can complete this process online on the Legal 4 Landlords website. Real Estates charge a one-off Administration fee of £100 + VAT per tenant. This fee covers our costs in the referencing and administration of your application for the property you have chosen and must be paid before occupation of the property is taken. A Tenancy application cannot proceed without a reservation fee, photo ID and proof of address.

 

Signing tenancy agreements

Once the references have been satisfactorily completed and approved by the Landlord, we will arrange for you to sign the Tenancy Agreements. This is usually on or before the commencement date of the tenancy. The Tenancy Agreement governs all rents, which is a legal and binding document. You will be committed to paying rent until the end of the agreed term and you could be liable to legal action if you break the terms of the agreement. If your circumstances should change for any reason during your tenancy, it is a good idea to tell your Landlord or Real Estates as soon as possible.

 

Payment

Before your tenancy begins, you will be required to pay the initial rental payment and deposit (the deposit is usually 6 weeks rent but this can vary). Any money payable to Real Estates must be paid in cleared funds (we cannot accept personal cheques). Usually the easiest and quickest method of payment is via CHAPS/BACS online payment.

 

Moving in

When the paperwork has been completed and the deposit and initial rental payment has been paid, we will arrange to hand over the keys to your new home. Where possible, an independent inventory company is used at the beginning and end of our tenancies. A check-in is often carried out prior to you moving in to a property and again when you move out. The inventory is to record details of the condition of the property and fixtures, fittings and furnishings. The inventory check-in fee is paid for by the Landlord (the cost of the check-in will vary depending on the size and status of the property etc) and the Tenant would normally pay the inventory check-out.

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Testimonials

  • “Oliver, Jordan and Vivien at Real Estates in Totteridge are the only agents worth considering if you are selling in the area. They worked as a team to go beyond the extra mile and provided a bespoke 360 degree service from helping us sell, helping us find our dream home, whilst also securing the perfect off-market short term let using their own contacts…it does not get much better than that!”

     

    - MG
  • Jordan, thank you very much.  You are a star!  I have relocated 3 times so far and involved in buying and selling property.  You are the most dedicated agent I have ever met.  Thanks again for your great help.

    - FY
  • Woodside Park is one of the most appealing neighbourhoods in N. London and Chiddingfold is probably one of the most desirable streets.  Our house was on Chiddingfold so there was every reason why it should have sold quickly and at a good price.  However, it did not sell quickly because initially we didn’t have the right estate agent.  The reason we chose the wrong one is because he set a very high price for our property.  Our mistake was in confusing a high price with the right price.  It didn’t take long before we realised our mistake.  Weeks went by without visits from potential buyers.  That told us that we were not at the right price.  As soon as we were able, we switched to the right firm “REAL ESTATES” headed by the right estate agent.

    - JG
  • He knew what the right prices were for properties in Woodside Park and Chiddingfold.  Very quickly we had many visits by potential buyers and soon we had two offers on the property.  But our difficulties were not finished.  It turns out that the deed listed at the registry office showed that there was an outstanding mortgage on the property.  This was an error as there was not outstanding mortgage.  However, only the bank listed on the deed could remove this and until it was removed, no sale was possible.  This was a problem our lawyer would need to get corrected.  It was not something that the estate agent would solve.  However, Stephen made supreme efforts with the lawyer and the bank to insure that this would be settled.  Thanks to his efforts, it was finally corrected.  I have no doubts that it would have dragged on for weeks if he had not pushed everyone to get it corrected.  Most estate agents would not have gone beyond their normal sphere of activity.  This firm takes a serious interest in all the properties they represent.  That is why we can definitely state that this company is the absolute right one if you want to sell in the Woodside Park/Totteridge area.

    - MLB
  • We are eternally grateful for all your help and support in seeing the new house through.  It’s relatively easy for most to do their day to day job, but what you do is beyond anything than money can buy as it’s down to changing lives and creating a new home!

    - RS
  • We wanted to drop you a line to say thank you to Real Estates for all of your assistance with our sale.  In particular we have been dealing with Jordan for a number of months.  He has been absolutely fantastic and is a great credit to your company.  He has always been very courteous, helpful and responsive at all times.  Having dealt with a number of estate agents, Jordan’s abilities have only been highlighted further in comparison.  It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with Jordan and he has helped make what has been quite a fraught time for us much easier.  Thanks also to Ollie who has been very helpful on a number of occasions in assisting us.

    - MD
  • Thank you for all your help over the last couple of months in holding this all together.  You’ve been absolutely brilliant and we really do appreciate all your work.  I know this probably wasn’t the easiest sale in the end but you have made it considerably less painful than it certainly could have been

    - AF
  • Thank you and thank you for the excellent job you did in selling my house. All 3 of you were always available when I called or emailed, whether on the weekend or late in the evening. I genuinely feel I could not have found a better team to handle the sale. I would certainly be only too pleased to recommend you to anyone else thinking of selling their house. I wish you continued success. It was a pleasure working with you too.

    - JM
  • Thank you very much for your hard work and persistent pushing on the other side.  You have done a great job and it’s really appreciated.

    - SG