The Renting Process
Register your interest
You can register with us by calling our offices, Whetstone 020 8343 9000 or Finchley 020 8349 9000 or you can visit us in person to discuss your requirements.
Our office opening times are:
9:00am - 7:00pm Monday to Thursday
9:00am - 6.30pm Friday
9:30am - 3:00pm Saturday
Alternatively you can send us an email and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible.
Start your search
You will have an idea on your basic requirements: Price, location, size and type of property etc. Make sure to budget yourself and work out your monthly expenditure. Remember there are more than 4 weeks in a calendar month: i.e. £200 per week x 52 weeks, divided by 12 = £866.67 per calendar month. You will also be responsible for paying Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electric, Telephone and Broadband.
Our staff will listen to your requirements, which will give them a clear understanding of what you are looking for to avoid wasted trips to unsuitable properties. With our longer opening hours we can offer accompanied viewings to suit you, whether this is during the day, in your lunch break, during the evening, or even on a Saturday. The offices of Simon Clarke are situated within close walking distance to Northern Line underground stations in Whetstone & Totteridge and Finchley Central.
Securing your property
Once you have identified the property you would like to rent we will submit your offer to the Landlord for consideration. We will require a reservation fee (equivalent to 2 weeks rent) subject to any conditions, which may have to be agreed with the landlord. Once the reservation fee is taken then the marketing of the property will be suspended whilst references are carried out. Should you withdraw from the application or if your application is unsuccessful due to false information the reservation fee will not be refunded. If you fail our referencing tests and enquiries, the reservation fee will refunded less our reference and administration fees.
Each prospective tenant (over the age of 18 years) is vetted through Diligent; an independent referencing agency. Each tenant intending to live in the property must therefore complete a Diligent reference application form in paper or on-line format. This application asks for personal information and is used to conduct a Credit Assessment. Simon Clarke Letting Agents charge for referencing.
Please see our dedicated Tenant Fees page for a list of Fees which may apply at the start, during or end of a tenancy.
Right to Rent Immigration Checks
Under Section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014 a Landlord must not authorise an adult to occupy property as their only or main home under a residential tenancy agreement unless the adult as a British citizen, or European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national, or has the Right to Rent in the UK.
Simon Clarke Letting Agents reserve the right to obtain, check and copy one or more original documents that demonstrate the Right to Rent in the UK for all adult occupiers for that property in the presence of the holder.
Signing tenancy agreements
Once the references have been satisfactorily completed and approved by the Landlord, as well as the Right to Rent Immigration checks satisfied we will arrange for you to sign the Tenancy Agreements. This is usually on or before the commencement date of the tenancy. The Tenancy Agreement governs all rents, which is a legal and binding document. You will be committed to paying rent until the end of the agreed term and you could be liable to legal action if you break the terms of the agreement. If your circumstances should change for any reason during your tenancy, it is a good idea to tell your Landlord or Simon Clarke as soon as possible.
Before your tenancy begins you will be required to pay the initial rental payment and deposit (the deposit is usually 6 weeks rent, but this can vary). Any money payable to Simon Clarke must be paid in cleared funds (we cannot accept personal cheques). Usually the easiest and quickest method of payment is via Debit Card, Maestro, Switch, Solo or Visa Delta. We can accept credit card payments, but these will be subject to a surcharge of 2.25% + VAT.
When the paperwork has been completed and the deposit and initial rental payment have been paid we will arrange to hand over the keys to your new home. Where possible an independent inventory company is used at the beginning and end of the majority of our tenancies. A check-in is often carried out prior to you moving in to a property and again when you move out. The inventory is to record details of the condition of the property and fixtures, fittings and furnishings. The inventory check-in fee is paid for by the tenant (the cost of the check-in will vary depending on the size and status of the property etc.), and the landlord would normally pay the inventory check out.
At Simon Clarke Letting Agents we are committed to providing the best possible service to our new and renewing tenants. As part of this commitment, we have teamed up with Tenant Shop, the award winning service that will ensure you get the best possible deals for your media requirements and the most cost effective solutions for your home energy needs.
• Tenant Shop can offer covert media prices to all of our renewing tenants. This includes home phone, broadband and TV packages with the UK’s leading media providers (Sky, Virgin, BT and many more).
• Tenant Shop can also provide a price comparison to ensure you are on the cheapest possible energy tariff for your home. Their affiliation with 30+ of the UK’s energy suppliers means you can make sure you never pay too much for your energy ever again.
This service is totally free of charge.
Call your local branch to arrange appointments to view properties