Guide to Renting with Edward Mellor
Looking for a new house to rent?
To make finding and letting a property through Edward Mellor as simple as possible, here is our complete guide of what to expect and how to prepare for your move:
Decide a Move-In Date
Decide on the approximate date you would like to move into your new property. The rental market moves quickly, so looking too far in advance could mean the houses on your shortlist are gone by the time you’re ready to take action.
We recommend starting your search around 4-5 weeks before you’re looking to move.
Calculate how much you would be able to spend each month in rent. As well as everyday household expenses, remember to take into account council tax, utility bills and contents insurance – all of which you will normally have to pay for.
Finding a Property
When you’re ready to begin searching for a property, you should consider your requirements:
- Location – do you need to be close to schools, transport links etc?
- How long are you looking to rent the property for?*
- Number of bedrooms, availability of parking, and other key features the property must have
To look for houses currently available to rent across Stockport, Cheshire, Tameside and Manchester, use our online Property Search, pop into one of our local high-street branches.
Booking a Viewing
Seen a property you would like to view? Click ‘Request details’ on the property details page and fill out the form. Once registered, our team will ensure you are one of the first to be informed of new houses available to rent which match your requirements.
Making an Application
With the rental market moving very quickly, you may need to act fast to secure the property you want. To make an application, please fill in the relevant tenancy forms and return them to your local Edward Mellor branch.
Credit & Referencing Checks
As part of the application process, you will be required to give references to your prospective landlord to ensure you have never had previous issues when renting or with other financial commitments.
Before moving in, the deposit will need to be paid in full and is held to cover any damage that may occur to the property during your tenure.
Whether managed privately or by Edward Mellor’s Property Management team, your deposit will be registered with an accredited Government scheme and returned to you at the end of your tenancy if the property is left in good condition.
The inventory is a detailed list of the contents and condition of the property produced by Edward Mellor Property Management or the landlord prior to you moving in.
In order to reduce the risk of any disputes over damage at the end of the tenancy, the inventory must be agreed upon by the tenant and landlord before the tenancy agreement is signed.
While the building itself is insured by your landlord, it is unlikely that this policy covers your possessions in the event of fire, theft, flooding or other damage.
Contact our Financial Services team for an instant Contents Insurance quote tailored to your requirements, or call 0161 443 4304.
Moving In Day
On the day you move in you will need to visit our Stockport Head Office to confirm and sign the tenancy agreement, inventory, and other necessary paperwork.
Once that has been completed, you will be given the keys to your new house!
If your new house is managed by Edward Mellor’s Property Management service, we will arrange a convenient date to come and inspect the property further into your tenancy.
This will only happen a few of times a year and is done to ensure that everything at the property is in order.
If managed privately, it is likely your landlord will get in touch with you to arrange their own appointments.
Staying Put or Moving Out
Towards the end of your tenancy period, you will need to decide whether you would like to extend your agreement or move out.
Our Lettings team will contact you close to the time to discuss your intentions and information with you and your landlord to begin moving things along. If both parties agree you will be required to come into the office and sign another tenancy agreement, the renewal cost is £48.00 inclusive of VAT.
If you wish to move out, you must give one month’s notice in writing and ensure the property is left in the same condition as when you moved in to receive your full deposit back.
Remember that at this point your landlord can serve notice on your tenancy should they require the property back.