Our Commitment to TenantsWe want you to feel comfortable and safe in your new rental home. For that reason, we make it our policy only to let properties which meet a high standard of cleanliness, maintenance and safety. Our aim is to ensure peace of mind throughout the tenancy, and on the day that you vacate we will apply the same high inspection standards to our check-out procedure. Security deposits are protected with an authorised scheme and photographic inventories are in place to safeguard all parties.
We know you will have some searching questions for us, so as a starting point, we have included below our guide to the most frequently asked…
I am looking for a property in the local area - where do I start?The first step is to contact us, providing brief details about yourself and about the type of accommodation you are looking for. We can search our database for suitable properties for you to view, or if you have seen a property of interest on our website or property portals - let us know the reference number and description. We can answer any questions you may have and can schedule a viewing for you.
- It is wise to start looking about a month before you wish to move, as properties are generally viewed and reserved quickly. We will arrange viewings at a time to suit you wherever possible. This can include evenings (until 6pm) and at weekends. You will be accompanied by a member of staff who can give advice and answer any questions you may have.
Are there any restrictions on tenants?Tenants must be over 18 years of age. All adults occupying the property on a permanent basis must be named on the tenancy agreement. There may be individual restrictions applicable to the property such as no smoking or pets, dependent on owner requirements. These will normally be made clear on the property advertisement.
- As a general rule we will require you to be in receipt of a monthly income equivalent to 2.5 times the rental amount in order to qualify for a tenancy. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months.
How much security deposit is required?A security deposit (sometimes known as a ‘bond’) equivalent to 1.5 month's rental must be paid on moving into the property, and will be held in an appropriate tenancy deposit protection scheme throughout the tenancy term. This is held to cover damage, breakages, and any other liabilities under the terms of your tenancy agreement. The dated photographic inventory taken at start of tenancy is always available for you to consult if you have any queries on property condition. At the end of the tenancy, we will carry out a check-out appointment with you in order to assess the amount of deposit that should be returned.
Are there any other fees or charges?A standard fee of £120 per applicant (or £180 for 2 applicants) is charged to cover tenant credit checks and referencing. For 3 or more tenants, additional applicants will be charged at £45 per person.
Do I need references?We will require satisfactory references from your employer, and a previous or current landlord if you have been renting. We may also require a guarantor in certain cases. A credit and previous address check will be undertaken by an independent referencing agent.
- We will ask for the full contact details (including address and landline telephone number) of your referee. We will not usually require you to provide written letters of reference.
How do I reserve a property?Once you have decided on a property, you can reserve it by paying a holding deposit of £100 plus any agency fee applicable (see above). You will be issued with a holding deposit receipt stating the Terms and Conditions of the deposit which you will be asked to sign. This forms a binding contract for the reservation period.
When the tenancy goes ahead, the £100 holding deposit will be deducted from the balance of monies due before you move in. Please note that if the landlord declines to grant the tenancy, the £100 will be refunded. However the deposit will be forfeit if you decide not to proceed for any reason, or if you fail to provide complete and accurate information in your application.
- The maximum period that a property can be held with a holding deposit is 4 weeks unless otherwise authorized by our agency in agreement with the landlord.
What is the next step?We will require you (and your guarantor if applicable) to complete an application form, providing details of your current / previous addresses for the past 12 months, employment and salary details.
We will also require proof of residency and proof of identity.
- For residency we will accept a recent (within the last 3 months) utility/ council tax/ mobile phone bill or a current tenancy agreement.
- For identity we require a photo style driving licence or passport. If you are not a UK citizen or a citizen of the EU then you will need to provide evidence of official permission to live in the UK for the term of the proposed tenancy.
How long does the referencing process take?Referencing will normally take just a few days to complete, although in some cases it can take 1 week or more. This depends on the replies and speed of response from the people that need to provide the information. When we have completed referencing we will contact you to arrange a convenient date for move-in.
When can I collect the keys to my new home?Keys will be released on the commencement date of the tenancy agreement and on full payment of any outstanding balance. Payment can be made in cash on the day or by internet transfer to our client account. In the case of online transfer please ensure that this is completed at least 4 working days in advance to ensure all funds reach our account prior to the check-in appointment.
- Please allow up to 1 hour for the check-in appointment which may take place either at the Dragon office or at the property concerned. Paperwork will be finalised at this time, including the tenancy agreement and completing a standing order form for future rental payments. At this point you will receive the keys to the property. A Dragon member of staff will then accompany you to the property and run through the inventory copy, take meter readings and introduce you to any appliances or relevant safety features.
When is rent due and what else will I need to pay for?Rent is quoted per calendar month, and unless otherwise agreed is payable monthly in advance. All rents are payable by bank standing order. As Tenant you will usually be responsible for Council Tax and any Utility bills (e.g. Water, Gas, Electricity and Telephone / Broadband costs) unless otherwise stated.
- We strongly advise Tenants to take out a Tenants Contents Insurance policy for the simple reason that whilst you occupy the property you will be responsible for much of the Landlord’s contents. It is far better to ensure that you are covered should any accidental damage occur than face the costs of replacing items. Policies will also usually cover personal possessions in case of break-in or accidental damage. We would be happy to recommend a competitive insurance broker specialising in Tenants insurance.
Who is responsible for arranging appliance or property repairs during the tenancy?Where we are managing the property, we will ensure that any repairs needed are dealt with on a prompt basis by one of our reliable team of local contractors. Simply contact our office to report the problem and we will arrange a suitable time for our engineer to call.
- It is important to report maintenance issues quickly so that they can be repaired without delay – should the problem cause the property to deteriorate and it has not been reported in good time there may be an associated cost to the tenant.
- Please note that if an appliance repair is required due to some negligence during usage (e.g. washing machine filters blocked by coins or other pocket debris!) then the engineer bill will be forwarded to the tenant for payment. Lightbulbs that require changing or batteries that need replacing are the tenant’s responsibility.
What happens at End of Tenancy?When you are nearing the end of your initial fixed term period (normally 6 months) we will contact you to ask if you would like to renew your tenancy for a further fixed term or stay on at the property on a ‘rollover’ basis (Statutory Periodic Tenancy).
- If you decide to move on, you will need to give the appropriate legal notice period to vacate. We will arrange a check-out appointment for the day when you are due to hand back the keys and will supply you with our End of Tenancy guidelines covering all of the aspects which need to be addressed before leaving the property.
- It is important that you return the property to us in the same clean condition as it was received. If there is any cleaning to be done or any damage to the property or contents, these costs will need to be recovered from your security deposit. We make allowance for a level of normal wear and tear (e.g. small scuff marks on walls) but this does not apply to cleanliness or any areas which have undergone unusually heavy wear. It therefore makes sense to look after the property throughout the tenancy with a healthy regime of cleaning and general housekeeping, taking good care of the fittings and any furnishings.