Congratulations! You have taken your first step to renting a new home!
For one reason or another, you have decided you want to rent a new home. That's the easy part!
Your next step is deciding what to rent.
Before you even start looking, make a list of what's important to you. Consider whether you want a house or flat in the City of Westminster and the neighbourhoods that may appeal to you.
Of course, you'll sometimes have to trade off one good thing against another, so you should prioritise your wish list into "essential" and "nice to have", to make these decisions easier.
You may also need to consider the things you cannot live with i.e. stairs, carpets or single bedroom.
Remember, the more you know about what you want and don't want, the easier your search will be in finding your dream home!
Let's start by choosing an area to live If you a familiar with London this is an easy decision, however if this is your first visit this can be a daunting task and you will have to ask yourself a few questions...
- Do you want to live near your work?
- Do you need to be near a school, Gym etc?
- Spend some time during evenings and weekends to walk around and get a feel for the areas you're considering.
- We have properties throughout the City of Westminster so it can be helpful to make a list of areas or even streets that you'd consider to narrow down your search.
If you are still unsure about where you want to live, we have put together area guides giving you a flavour of what each area is like to live.
Consider your transport links
For some people, this is even more important than the area itself!
How do you wish to travel to work? Do you prefer to walk, bus, cycle or take the Tube? If you wish to travel by tube then you want to consider which tube line is best for you.
If you work anti-social hours, you may wish to consider moving close to one of the many bus routes that run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Frequent travellers often find it convenient to be close to either Paddington or Victoria, which offer Express Trains to Heathrow and Gatwick respectively, plus easy access to the National Rail Network.
Size and type
A few things to consider:
- House or flat?
- How many bedrooms?
- Do they all have to be double bedrooms?
- Do you need a spare room?
- Will a large one bedroom flat be better than a small two bedroom flat?
- Do you need outside space like a balcony or garden?
Most importantly... your budget
Set yourself a price range and work it out into a weekly rent. Although most tenants pay their rent monthly, the Central London rental market advertises property rents in weekly prices.
You can calculate your weekly rent form your monthly rent as follows:
There are 12 months in 1 year and there are 52 weeks in a year so,
Monthly Rent x 12 / 52 Weeks = Weekly Rent
Other points to consider when deciding your budget include:
- The City of Westminster has one of the cheapest council tax rates in London and therefore you maybe able to afford more
- Your heating and hot water may be included in the rent saving you money on your fuel bills
- Are any bills included?
- What is likely fuel consumption? Check the Energy Performance Certificate
Now you know what you want you can now start the search for your new rental home
Simply complete our online registration form, send us an email, give us a call or drop in to one of our offices.
Once we have your details and property requirements, we will start searching our database for suitable properties.
We don't believe in wasting your time so every property you see on the site today is available to let; you can view our wide selection of our rental properties at your leisure!
Once we've found a home that meets your requirements, we shall arrange a viewing.
Making an offer
The acceptance of your offer is subject to contract, satisfactory references and cleared funds.
You will be asked to pay a holding deposit of £500
Your Tenancy Agreement
All prospective tenants must be named in the tenancy agreement and they are all jointly and individually bound by the terms of the agreement. The Tenancy Agreement forms a legally binding contract between you and the landlord. If you are unsure of its contents or your rights and obligations we recommend you seek independent legal advice i.e. from a solicitor or your local Citizen Advice Bureau.
Each prospective tenant will need to complete and sign a reference application form and provide proof of identity in the form of a driver's licence or passport. We use an independent reference company that specialises in providing references, and charge approximately £25.00 (inclusive of VAT) per person. All reference reports are subject to our client's approval.
If a guarantor is required for the tenancy, the said person will also be referenced as detailed above. The guarantor will be required to sign the Tenancy Agreement and a letter outlining their responsibilities.
CityWest Residential will hold your deposit (6 weeks rent), in the capacity of stakeholder and registered under a Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme, for the duration of your tenancy. Your deposit is held in a separate client account and will be refunded at the end of your tenancy once any deductions for damage or default have been settled.
If you are renting a managed property, upon commencement of the tenancy, CityWest Residential will arrange for an independent inventory clerk to check the contents and decorative condition of the property with you in attendance. At the end of your tenancy this document will be checked against the current condition of the property and the cost of any missing items or damage to the fixtures and fittings will be calculated and sent to you for your comment and approval. The Landlord is usually responsibly for the payment of the inventory and "Check-In" and the Tenant for the "Check-Out."
If the property is not managed, your landlord should arrange for the inventory to be checked at the start of the tenancy. At the end of the tenancy, you will need to liaise directly with your landlord to review the list of items and decorative condition of the property.
Prior to the commencement of your tenancy, the following initial monies will be required in cleared funds via bank transfer;
- Six weeks deposit
- The first rental payment in advance.
- Administration fee.
- Reference fee (s)