Letting Agent in Widford, Ware

Our Lettings Process

1.

Meet with a Forge Homes property professional to learn about current market conditions, legislations and receive an honest and accurate market appraisal of your property.

2.

Together we will agree the marketing price and begin planning a bespoke marketing plan enabling us to generate the maximum amount of interest.

3.

Once prepared, we will run through our marketing plan with you and give you an estimate timeline of events, so you know what to expect and when.

4.

We instruct our professional photographer to take internal and external photos, create a detailed floorplan and take all necessary measurements and details.

5.

Once you have confirmed you are happy and given us the green light, we begin to actively market your home and call, text and email all prospective tenants registered.

6.

Your property is listed on our website and all major property portals such as Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket. It is also shown on social media platforms including Facebook.

7.

We liaise with yourself or your current tenant to arrange viewings for prospective tenants.

8.

After carrying out the viewings we will negotiate any offers and present you these in detail and advise which offer we feel is the best option.

9.

When you have chosen which offer you would like to accept, we mark the property as LET and begin the reference/application process.

10.

We carry out comprehensive references to ensure the tenant is suitable and begin arranging all relevant paperwork including inventories and tenancy agreement.

11.

On moving day we meet the tenant at the property and run through all paperwork and expectation for the tenancy.

12.

The management process then continues, we take constant care of your property and ensure all expectations are met.

Let Your Property with Us

Lettings Service Guide

Service Feature
Tenant Find
Fully Managed
Provide a free valuation and suggest areas of improvements to maximise income
Arrange energy performance certificate
Prepare full colour property details with floorplans, internal and external photographs with our professional photographer
Upload your property to our website and major property websites including Rightmove, Zoopla & Prime Location
Call, email and SMS to all our registered potential tenants
Accompanied viewings
Full tenant referencing including detailed credit, employment and previous landlord reference checks
Advise on issues of compliance
Preparation of the tenancy agreement
Arrange for inventory and end of tenancy check out
Collect 6 weeks security deposit and if held by us will register with a government approved deposit protection scheme
Collect first months (cleared funds) rent in advance
Prove tenant with banker's standing order for rental payments
Provide 4 free weeks of pre-agreed full management holiday cover per year (52 weeks for full management)
Educating, advising and implementing new legislative changed
Arrange annual gas safety checks
Collect rent monthly, held in a protected client account
Chase late rents implementing a strict process including early alerts to the landlord
Negotiate renewal at end of fixed term
Advise on annual rent increases
Manage all issues of repair, maintenance and remedial work
Arrange and manage all emergency work
Regular property visits reporting back to the landlord
Arrange an end of tenancy inspection and negotiate ay dilapidation issues which arise
Serve notice to regain property, liaise with legal teams where necessary
Prove tenants with basic household / housekeeping advice and education

Information and Fees For Tenants

 

At Forge Homes we aim to keep the process of renting a property as simple and affordable as possible. When an offer has been accepted on the rental property of your choice. We will provide you with a ‘Tenant Acceptance’ document that will outline all fees involved and any information required prior to the tenancy starting.

Please see below a list of our fees, these fees can vary from time to time, if you are interested in a property, please ask a member of staff and they will provide you with a full breakdown of the applicable fees.

 

Fees For Moving In

Administration & Reference Fee
£250.00 plus VAT
Additional person after 2 applicants
£50.00 plus VAT
Guarantor Fee
£50.00 plus VAT
Express Check In Fee (If move in is required less than 5 working days from reservation)
£100.00 plus VAT

Fees After Moving In

Renewal Fee
£50.00 plus VAT
Rent Arrears
£15.00 for each 7 day arrears letter sent
Early Termination Fee
£350 plus VAT
End of tenancy Check out fee
£60 plus VAT

Information Regarding Fees

 

When do I pay the administration & Reference fee

The fee is payable once the terms of the tenancy has been agreed by all parties, this fee will withdraw the property from the market and the application process starts

Is the Administration & Reference fee Refundable

If the application is withdrawn by the tenant for any reason or the references are failed due to undisclosed adverse credit history or poor landlord/employment references, the monies will be forfeited in full.

If the landlord withdraws from the agreement the monies will be refunded

What is a guarantor fee

A guarantor may be required if the outcome of your application is not as expected. A guarantor will act on your behalf and will be liable to pay the rent if you cannot. They will sign a deed of guarantee outlining their obligation as a guarantor. The guarantor fee covers the cost the reference them and draw up any necessary paperwork.

Express Check in

This fee is payable if you require an accelerated application process (less than 5 days after reservation) this ensures your application becomes a priority and references are fast tracked.

Renewal Fee

This fee becomes payable if you extend your tenancy pasts its original fixed term. By extending your tenancy for a further 6 or 12 months avoids the uncertainty of a landlord serving notice at any given time. The fee is payable by both the tenant and the landlord.

Early termination Fee

If a tenant wishes to end the tenancy prior to their tenancy end date the fee becomes applicable. This fee covers the costs to re let the property and to find a suitable replacement. The tenant will also continue to be liable for the rent until a new tenant moves in.

Check Out Fee

If an inventory has been produced prior to the tenancy a check out fee will be payable if an inventory clerk is required to visit the property to assess any damages. A member of Forge Homes will always inspect the property initially, if the property is left in the same condition prior to move in an inventory clerk will not be required to visit the property. If there are any discrepancies an inventory clerk will be instructed to visit the property and create a report.

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