Our Guide for Tenants
We know that the process to rent a property can be confusing, so we’ve put together this tenant’s guide to help you understand what’s to come.
Luckily, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from searching for properties to rent in Hemel Hempstead and its surrounding areas to moving out at the end of your tenancy. We’ll take you through our renting process…
1. Refine your search
The best way to start this process is to refine your search to a few select areas, depending on whether you need to be near a certain school, if you need easy access to the shops or transport links and what kind of property you would like. We recommend a read of our Hemel Hempstead local area guide if you’re not very familiar with the town.
Tip: We have the largest selection of properties to rent in Hemel Hempstead on our books, so already having thought about what’s important in terms of location, size, access and facilities can really help make the search stage smooth and easy.
2. Register with us
In order for us to help you find your ideal property to rent in Hemel Hempstead, you’ll need to register with us as a prospective tenant. We’ll chat with you about when you want to move into a new home and what you’re looking for, then put together some suitable options that match your requirements.
3. View your shortlist of properties to rent in Hemel Hempstead
When we find something that interests you, we’ll arrange the soonest opportunity for you to go and see it in the flesh.
Tip: With such a fast-moving market, properties to rent in Hemel Hempstead tend to get snapped up quickly, with a rush to view fresh homes and offers often being made immediately after viewing. Please therefore be prepared to make yourself available swiftly in order to secure the property you want.
4. Make an offer
Found the home for you? Time to make an offer! We’ll relay your offer to the landlord of the property, and let them know of any conditions you request. We encourage our landlords to be flexible, and it’s always easier to agree these requests before signing a contract than during a tenancy.
We know this can be a tense time, so we’ll let you know as soon as we hear word from the landlord about whether they accept your offer. Fingers crossed!
5. Sort the paperwork
Once you have an offer accepted on a property to rent in Hemel Hempstead, you’ll need to put forward 1 week’s rent before we can conduct some security checks on the landlord’s behalf. All applicants over 18 will need to fill in a reference form, so make sure you have details of your previous addresses to hand!
Security checks passed, we will draw up the tenancy agreement for you to sign digitally via DocuSign.
On completion day, we ask that you pay the standard security deposit of the value of 5 weeks’ rent (of which you’ve already contributed 1 week when your offer was accepted). This is protected by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. You’ll also need to provide the first month’s rent up front. There is no fee to be paid to Squire Estates for this service, but within the tenancy agreement you may find that extra charges will apply if there is an unexpected change of tenant in the future.
Most of our landlords ask us to carry out an independent inventory check so that all parties can have record of the condition of the property at the point of moving in, and you can have peace of mind during your tenancy.
6. Start living in your Hemel Hempstead home!
With all the paperwork completed and the security deposit paid, you’re ready to move in! Most of our properties to rent in Hemel Hempstead are managed by us, but in some circumstances the landlord will have chosen to manage their property themselves. If this is the case, we’ll hand over their contact details so you know who to get in touch with if you ever need any help with the property.
Please look after the property as if it were your own. Any furnishings or personal property will need to be insured by you; this is not the responsibility of the landlord.
What happens when you move out?
When the time comes to move out of your rented property, you’ll be expected to leave it in the same condition that it was in when you moved in, with the exception of an acceptable amount of natural wear and tear. This includes removing all of your personal belongings and waste, and making sure the property is left in a clean condition. Neglecting this puts you at risk of losing part or all of your security deposit.
Ready to find a properties to rent in Hemel Hempstead?
To get started on the process of renting a property through Squire Estates, register as a prospective tenant below, or call us on 01442 233533. You can see an up-to-date collection of all of our properties to rent in Hemel Hempstead on our online search tool.