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    The Residential Lettings office is set in the centre of the County town of Somerset, Taunton and is led by Darren Swain and Kate Scargill, both Residential Letting Partners. Between them and their dedicated team they have over 60 years experience in the property industry.

    Helping run the busy office are Heather Risdon and Adam Cramp, both Senior Lettings Negotiators, Clarrie Jones, Lettings Negotiator and Rebecca Gardner Office Administrator.

    We have well informed and trained staff and our approach to letting and managing properties, plus our quality of service and sound advice, has won us an enviable reputation within the local area. By choosing us  you can be assured of a service which we believe to be the best in the area.

    The Lettings department pride themselves on running a proactive and professional office and invite you to contact them to discuss any aspect of Residential Lettings.
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    Landlord general information

    Assured Shorthold Tenancy

    The Housing Act 1988 introduced the Assured Shorthold Tenancy, which enabled Landlords to let a property without fear of not being able to recover possession whether your property is unfurnished or furnished.

    Letting Period

    This will depend upon the following factors:

    • The dates you will require the property for your own use.
    • An Assured Shorthold Tenancy enables any length of tenancy to be offered. However it will often not be in your best interests to offer a very short tenancy due to re-letting costs and also if your tenant decides not to vacate after say a 3 month lease, a court will not issue proceedings until 6 months from the start date of the tenancy has expired.

    Tenants

    Your Interests

    It is in your interests that care is taken in selecting a tenant. This results in many applicants being rejected without showing them a property. When letting the tenant will be living in your property. This makes it important to be selective.

    Our Policy

    We will not normally accept an instruction to look for a tenant where another agent is appointed. Rushing against another agent to find a tenant cannot be in the best interests of a landlord.

    If we are not aware that another agent is involved then we may make tentative offers to tenants resulting in them releasing themselves from other housing commitments. The result may be the withdrawal of these offers due to another agency finding another tenant and as such causing unnecessary distress to all parties concerned. An agent has the power to act on your behalf. The importance of housing requires there to be clear instructions and parameters to work to.

    If you instruct us to act on your behalf, it will be on the basis that we are the sole agent. This is unless we have specifically agreed to another arrangement.

    Selecting Tenants

    The type of tenant is dependent on the type of property offered. In addition, you are able to specify the criteria that a tenant needs to meet. As your agent we place emphasis on the quality of the tenant as well as the amount of rent charged. A tenant's suitability for the individual property is checked in addition to their financial capability.

    Many of the larger companies in the area have a continual demand for accommodation for their staff. In some cases we can arrange for the company to take up the tenancy or guarantee rent.

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    Tenants useful information

    Type of Tenancy

    All properties are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for a six-month period unless otherwise stated. All rental figures are exclusive of council tax, water rates and utility bills. Where there are joint tenants all parties, including husband and wife, must be named on all agreements.

    Tenants are responsible for any insurance they consider necessary for their own possessions introduced into the property.

    Rent and deposit


    All rents are payable in advance, usually by standing order mandate. A deposit of an amount equal to one months rent will be required in advance to be held against damages, dilapidations, non-payment of rent etc and is returnable, less such deductions, after vacation at the end of the tenancy.

    Application for a property

    All adults will be named on the tenancy agreement and will therefore be fully and jointly liable for the property. A letting fee is payable upon completion of the form and the property is then held in reserve for you until we are able to confirm whether or not a tenancy may be offered. This letting fee covers the administration costs for the tenancy plus the referencing for one applicant. If there is more than one applicant or a guarantor is required an additional fee is payable. These fees are listed on the property pages and also provided to you at then time of your viewing.

    Please note that a property cannot be held in reserve for you until the fee has been paid. The signing of an application form does not commit the agents or the Landlord to granting you a tenancy. Please note that we do not accept cards for the application fee. This must be paid in cash, cheque or bank transfer and a receipt will be given.

    If your application is unsuccessful due to unsatisfactory references or you withdraw your application then the fee will not be refunded to you. It will be refunded however if the property is withdrawn at any time by the landlord, less administration costs. Please note that the referencing costs cannot be refunded once the application has been processed.

    References

    We obtain references via a reputable Credit Referencing Agency. They carry out a credit search, employer reference, landlord reference (if any) and character reference.

    Signing of the tenancy/taking possession of the property

    This usually takes place on the first day of the tenancy at our offices. On or before this date you will be required to make an advance payment of rent plus a deposit of no less than one months rent will be required. These monies must be paid to us in cash, Bankers Draft or Building Society cheque. We are happy to provide you with our bank details if you wish to pay by direct transfer. Thereafter rent is payable monthly in advance by standing order mandate either direct to ourselves or to Landlord dependant on whether we are managing the property or not.

    Inspections

    You will be informed when your tenancy begins whether we are providing a management service or whether you will deal direct with your Landlord. As Managing Agents we carry out visits to the property on behalf of the Landlord. The first one is carried out 4 - 6 weeks after you move in and thereafter every quarter.

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    The Residential Lettings office is set in the centre of the County town of Somerset and led by Darren Swain and Kate Scargill, both Residential Letting Partners.

    Between them and their dedicated team they have over 60 years experience in the property industry. 

    Helping run the busy office are Heather Risdon and Adam Cramp, both Senior Lettings Negotiators, Clarrie Jones and Olivia Ward, Lettings Negotiators and Rebecca Gardner Office Administrator. 

    The Lettings department pride themselves on running a proactive and professional office and invite you to contact them to discuss any aspect of Residential Lettings.
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    Current Properties

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    Note: Markers represent the centre of postcodes, not exact locations

    Find us

    Corporation Street,
    Taunton,
    TA1 4AJ

    Telephone us

    Letting: 01823 354644  Local call rate

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