Tenant Guide

We understand how frustrating it can be to find the perfect property, only to be disappointed to find it has already been let. To avoid this problem and to ensure you get the best opportunity to choose your ideal home, we encourage you to register your details with us as soon as possible. When you register, a member of our expert team will record your details, property preferences, considerations, and budget.  They will do all the searching for you and support and guide you through the entire process. You will be contacted as soon as a property matching your requirements becomes available, and more importantly, before it has even appeared on the open market, increasing your chances of securing the home of your choice.

Book a Viewing

If you’ve already found a property that interests you, arranging a viewing couldn’t be easier. You can telephone us on 020 8396 6717 (option 2) to speak to one of our team or email lettings@newtonhuxley.co.uk. We will book a time that is convenient for you and you will receive a follow-up text message and email, confirming the address of the property, and the date and time of the appointment.

How to Rent Guide

As a new tenant, the rental process can be quite overwhelming. In this regularly updated rental guide, you will find all the current and essential information you need to know about renting property, offering guidance through every step of the letting process.

When you enter an assured shorthold tenancy you are entering into a contractual arrangement. This gives you some important rights but also some responsibilities. This guide will help you to understand what questions to ask, what your rights are, and what responsibilities you have as a tenant.

This rental guide covers the following important areas:

  • What preparation you need to undertake before you start
  • What you should consider when choosing a letting agent or private landlord
  • What your landlord must provide you with
  • Responsibilities of both tenants and landlords in a rental agreement
  • How to terminate or extend a tenancy agreement
  • What to do if something goes wrong

Click here to download the full rental guide.

Please be aware that this guide is for individuals who are looking to rent a house or flat, although most of it will also apply if you are in a shared property with some exceptions.

Applying for a Rental Property

The process for applying for a rental property is relatively straightforward. We have outlined these steps and considerations for you below.

Please see our terms and conditions for full details or contact one of our advisors who will be happy to support and guide you through this process.

Tenant Assessment

  • Any individual aged 18 years or over, must be named as Joint Tenants
  • Each tenant will be assessed for an equal share of the total rent payable for the property
  • Where a Joint Tenant is not contributing to the rent, a credit and identity check is required
  • If your combined income does not meet the requirements of the agreement, a guarantor may be needed

Rental Costs

When considering your budget, it’s important to understand what other costs you will be required to pay to secure your rental property. We have outlined these below, to support you in the preparation for your rental application. All stated rent excludes the following:

  • Tenancy Deposit
  • Inventory check out fee (price varies dependent on the size of the property)
  • Administration fees – Single Occupancy £240.00, Additional Tenants £240.00 per person, Guarantor £114.00 per person

Required Documents

When applying for a rental property, as you would expect with most official applications, we will require two original forms of identification, which confirm your name and address. You will need to bring these to our local offices.  The documents we require are:

  • Passport
  • Recent Bank statement or Utility bill (dated within last 3 months)

Before completion of the contract, we will also require satisfactory references.

Rental Deposits

Before a tenancy agreement commences, as a tenant, you will be required to pay a security deposit. Deposits vary in amount depending on the price of the property you are renting. You can expect to pay the following:

  • Standard Security Deposit – equivalent to 6 weeks rent
  • Renting with Pets Security Deposit – equivalent to 8 weeks rent

A security deposit acts as a safeguard for the landlord, ensuring that any damage to the property or expenses incurred, for example, due to missed rental payments, is covered.

Deposits are held with a custodial government backed scheme,  the Deposit Protection Service, throughout your tenancy and are lodged by Newton Huxley on your behalf. In some cases, the landlord may be a private member of a deposit scheme, in which case they will need to provide you with evidence of this.

The deposit will be released to you when the property has been vacated, a satisfactory inventory has been completed and all rent is up to date. In the unfortunate event that damage has occurred to the property or there is outstanding rent, the deposit will be used to rectify this.


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