FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What if I am interested in a property?
Contact us and we will arrange an accompanied viewing of any property you are interested in. Make sure beforehand the rent payable is affordable.
Is Housing benefit allowable ?
This is dependant on the landlord. Some landlords dont mind whilst others do. Please enquire with us.
What about keeping Pets?
Please inform us of any pets you also wish to house at a property. Some Landlords allow smaller pets whilst some are ‘Pet Free Zones’.
What about smoking ?
The Landlord sets the smoking policy for their property. Whilst some are adamant they want non smokers other Landlords do not specify this and have no restriction at all. Some Landlords are quite agreeable as long as designated smoking areas are agreed.
What Bond do I need to provide?
All properties require a bond to be lodged as an act of good faith. The Bond is lodged with the official Government bond scheme. It is there to help fund any damage and or arrears which may occur during your tenancy.
What if I Like a Property what do I do?
a) step is to Prove your Identity.
We need to prove your identity and as such we need a recent (within the last 2 months) utility/ council tax/ Bank statement / letter and we also require a current passport or photo style driving licence .
For nonE.U/ UK citizen applications you will need to provide us with evidence of your permission to reside here in the UK.
b) complete an application form.
We will provide an application form. Let us have this asap and we will process it as quick as we can. You will be charged a non returnable�� Application Fee . You will also need to provide details of tweo people to act as personal referees.
Whats the difference between a tenancy and a licence?
The main difference between a tenancy agreement and a licence to occupy is that a licence offers less protection from eviction. Whilst a tenancy gives you a legal right to reside in a property a licence simply gives you personal permission to live there whilst it suits.Licences have in the past attracted some bad press.
What is contained in a tenancy agreement?
All our agreements are based on proper Assured shorthold Tenancy documentation. If your application is successfull you will enter into a proper 6 month Assured Shorthold agreement. You are then contracted to stay for 6 months in the property.You can however then�� renew for a further 6 month period if you and the landlord agree. This is standard procedure throughout. In some circumstances we will be able to provide fixed terms. If you have indicated you wish to leave a property but are not quite ready the landlord may give you permission to remain on a periodic agreement. This means that your agreement can continue on month by month.
What about rent payable ?
The agreed rent is fixed and should always be paid . It is included in the terms and conditions of the agreement . Any future rent increases will be contained within but generally speaking rent rises do not occur during the tenancy period. It is crucial you examine your own circumstances to ensure you can afford the rent payments before you even enquire. Establish your budget.
Other costs of occupation
In addition to the rent you are also responsible for gas (if applicable), electricity, Rates , water rates , t.v.licence ,contents insurance, telephone and internet provider. You will also be expected to maintain the garden just as anyone would.
Generally speaking the structure and internal electrics are the responsibility of the Landlord. This includes walls, boundary walls and fencing, guttering, fall pipes and windows as well as the central heating. Interior repairs are usually normal wear and tear and should be repaired by the tenant. For example; light bulbs needing change or the unblocking a sink or toilet blocked due to your use. Any damage and repairs identified should be notified to us by the ‘repairs notification’ section of this website or in writing as soon as possible. If you wish to decorate the property in your own style you should seek our consent first. You may in some circumstances be asked to restore the property back at the end of your tenancy.
If your property has gas as a utility the landlord must arrange for a gas certificate to be issued by a qualified gas engineer on an annual basis. the engineer will service and check the boiler beforehand. The cost of this is borne by the Landlord. We organise this and will inform you when access is needed to perform the service check.
At the end of your tenancy.
Your bond is held for the duration of your tenancy. At the end of the tenancy we will examine your property and assess if any of deterioration has occurred to the property. This excludes normal wear and tear. Fair wear and tear is based on the length of the tenancy and number of occupants. Any adverse findings will be discussed with you and hopefully an acceptable to all settlement is negotiated. If agreement is not reached the Government bond holder will make a binding decision.
Access to the property
Generally the landlord cannot enter the property without giving the tenant reasonable notice beforehand. In the event of an emergency it may be necessary to gain access without any notice. There will be periodic inspection visits carried out by Bridge Property management. These will be agreed beforehand.
Can other people live with me?
An agreement is for you to live in the accommodation as your ‘only or principal home’. You should get your landlord’s agreement first before allowing any adults to move in and take residence. If you don’t get your landlord’s agreement they can commence eviction proceedings.
Losing your home
Under an assured shorthold tenancy or a fixed term contract, your Landlord cannot initially enter and take your possessions from the property. If you do fall behind with your rent you should contact us asap to discuss the situation. A plan will be needed to bring the tenancy back on track. With persistent breeches the Landlord can take steps to regain possession of the property through the courts.
What if things don’t work out or my circumstances change ?
Most tenancies are 6 months duration. Unless there is a break clause in place which may allow you to end your tenancy you are caught up until the 6 months expires. Sometimes Landlords will allow for tenant’s to pay for marketing and if successful allow a new tenant to take over the property.
What notice do I have to give ?
Your agreeement confirms procedures for ending your agreement. You will usually have to give a months notice in writing. The sdame applies if you are on a periodic tenancy. The notice you give should end on the first or last day of the period of a tenancy.
If you have a fixed-term tenancy (ie for one year) you will only be unable to give notice during the fixed-term.
Remember Bridge Property Management are not just working for the Landlord’s. They are also there to help all tenants. if you have any problems whatsoever let us know. We will help the best we can.
Register with us.
If you register your requirements with us beforehand we will alert you��by text as any suitable properties appear for your consideration. You will be prioritised for viewings.