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Looking for a property to rent in West Oxfordshire? We are here to help!

We will guide you through the process of finding and renting a property. Here’s some useful information about renting a property through us:

APPLICATION PROCESS

Once your application has been accepted by a Landlord (subject to references) you will be sent by email a number of forms and documents relating to the tenancy:

  • Property form - detailing the terms of the tenancy
  • How to Rent leaflet – produced by the government and a legal requirement for all tenants to be given a copy prior to the start of the tenancy
  • A sample tenancy agreement
  • Tenancy Deposit Scheme brochure
  • A list of tenant fees
  • Amount of rent, fees and deposit due before you can take on the tenancy
  • Initial amount payable to get the application process underway
  • The Energy Performance Certificate

It is important that you read through the forms and brochures carefully so that you fully understand your responsibilities as a tenant.

Once the initial payment has been received you will be sent a link via email to complete the application online. The process is quick providing you supply all the information requested and a decision is usually made within 48 hours. In some cases we may ask if you have a family member who could act as guarantor, in which case they would need to undergo reference checks as well,

TENANT FEES

Tenant set up fee:

Payable by each tenant moving into a property and cover:

  • Full reference checks – including employment status, income, credit check and Landlord reference (if applicable)
  • Drawing up of tenancy agreements and related paperwork

Inventory Fee

The tenant pays for the ingoing inventory & the landlord for the exit inventory

Other fees may be applicable

For a full list of fees click here

RIGHT TO RENT CHECK

We are obliged to carry out a check to confirm that you are eligible to rent a property in the UK.

IDENTIFICATION

All applicants have to provide ID before we can accept them as a tenant

HOLDING RENT

Is payable on submitting the reference forms which becomes part of the rent in due course providing the tenancy proceeds.

In the event of the landlord declining the application the holding rent (not the tenant fee) will be refunded in full. However the holding rent and tenant fee will be forfeited if you withdraw from the tenancy application, or if you give false or inaccurate information that results in the tenancy being declined.

DEPOSIT

Abbey Rentals will take a deposit equivalent to 1½ months’ rent but this may be higher if a pet is allowed or if status checks recommend a higher deposit. Abbey Rentals hold the deposit in a designated client's deposit account and are members of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and of the Client Money Protection Scheme. Click here for more details (link to Client Protection tab)

RENT

Rent is calculated per calendar month and is payable in advance on the 1st of the month. If the tenancy starts mid-month the rent will be calculated pro rata.

INVENTORY FEE

An inventory is taken at the start and end of each tenancy. The inventory is carried out by an independent company and lists the fixtures, fittings and furniture in the property as well as detailing the schedule of condition. The tenant pays for the in-going inventory and the landlord for the exit inventory. The inventory is beneficial to both parties and is used to determine if any deductions should be made from the deposit at the end of the tenancy. Providing there have been no breaches of the tenancy agreement, then the return of the deposit should be straight forward and your money returned promptly.

THE TENANCY AGREEMENT

Once your application has been approved a tenancy agreement will be drawn up and you will be given ample opportunity to read the document. It is a legal document and important that you read it carefully as it fully explains your responsibility as a tenant and the Landlords obligations towards you as a tenant.

The government has produced a handy leaflet for potential tenants.

Download the 'How to Rent' guide

We have been clients of Abbey Rentals since returning to the UK two years ago. From the moment we landed, they were professional, supportive, friendly and considerate, helping us to quickly find an amazing rental property within our budget, in exactly the right place. The team are really approachable and will do anything to help. Even when they arrange for contractors to call, they are unfailingly polite and accommodating, working schedules around our time. Paperwork is dealt with swiftly and efficiently and I have found them to be patient and fair when arranging the necessary documentation. Aside from all that, everyone at Abbey Rentals has been absolutely lovely; nothing is too much trouble and they often go the extra mile to help out. We cannot fault them - they are terrific at what they do and they are really nice people.

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CLIENT PROTECTION

We are members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA Propertymark), The Property Ombudsmen (TPO) & the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) and we are bound by their codes of conduct to ensure that we maintain the high standards set by them and that all funds held are protected by the Client Money Protection scheme

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Abbey Rentals is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office who set out regulations to ensure the safeguarding of personal data that we hold. We do not sell on personal data to any third party.

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