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Estate & Letting Agents in Windsor, Berkshire - Rent A Home Associates

Tenants

We offer properties in the Windsor, Maidenhead, Bracknell, Sunningdale, Ascot, Slough, West Drayton, Harrow, Wembley and Brent areas. Also we can offer through our associated partners properties in Oxford, Reading, London, West Midlands and Medway areas.

Our properties range from one bedroom apartments to large houses for top business people and visiting dignitaries. We look after students at Brunell University, Uxbridge and the Royal Holloway College, Egham. Expats who’s children attend the American School at Cobham and anyone looking for a rented roof over their heads. We’ve usually got something to meet most needs.

Help & Advice

While the process of renting a property is quite straightforward, it’s the details which often need a little explanation. We’ll help you understand the Landlord’s duties to you, and your responsibilities as a tenant to the Landlord. This page is designed to explain the key points, but do call if you’re not sure of any aspect of renting a residential property. We’re here to help.

Register and tell us what you’re looking for.

Start the ball rolling by clicking on the ‘Register’ tab to provide your contact information and details of the kind of property you’re looking for along with your monthly budget. This information will be held securely and not released to anyone. If you have a particular location in mind or a special request e.g. a riverside property, type this into the ‘Notes’ box. With this information we can match your needs with the properties on our database.

Viewing, References & Landlord Acceptance

Once you’ve found somewhere, you’ll need to complete an Application Form to supply personal employment, references and contact details of any recent landlord. At the same time, we will ask for a separate authority to make a bank status enquiry. After the Landlord has approved your application for Tenancy we’ll ask for a deposit and start drafting a Tenancy agreement.

Tenancy Agreement

Usually the Tenancy agreement will be for a fixed term, often a 12 month period. This is called an Assured Short-Hold Tenacy. The agreement is a legal document and you may wish to get independent legal advice before you sign. Before the Tenancy commences we will ask for a Damages Deposit equivalent to 6 weeks rent. This will be held by Rent A Home Associates in a client account or with The Deposit Protection Service until the end of your Tenancy.

Payment of Rent

As your Tenancy begins you will have paid the damages deposit, your first months rent and any set-up costs which will be explained to you. Rent is normally paid monthly in advance by Standing Order to Rent A Home Associates.

Running Costs – Who Pays for What?

Your Landlord is responsible for ground rent and paying the service charge for any Leasehold Properties. The Landlord is required to ensure the property has passed all the necessary gas appliance and electricity testing and that the property meets all Health and Safety requirements. Additionally, the Landlord is obliged to maintain the interior and exterior state of the property. This includes the heating and hot water supply along with any appliances supplied by the Landlord.

The Tenant is responsible for paying the utility bills of gas, water rates, electricity and any telephone call charges. The Tenant also must meet Council Tax bills and the payment of TV Licences and any cable/satellite connection charges. The Tenant should maintain the level of cleanliness and ensure any faults or damage is reported immediately to Rent A Home Associates. Normally, the Tenant should maintain the garden in good order, unless other garden maintenance arrangements are specified in the Tenancy Agreement.

Importantly, the Tenant should arrange insurance cover for all their belongings and anything personal brought into the property.

Opening & Closing Inventory

Before you move in, and before you move out, an inventory of the contents and condition of items inside the property will be taken. An allowance will be made for ‘fair wear and tear’. However, if there are items missing or broken or if there has been any damage to the property then the cost will be subtracted from the initial Damage Deposit.

Under no circumstances should this Damage Deposit be used to pay the monthly rent. Think of this deposit as a separate financial item and a bonus when returned in full.

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