Useful Tips for Tenants

Tenants Guide

Be realistic with your timeframe; begin actively looking for a rental property at no earlier than three months prior to the date that you can actually move.

A standard time frame of an offer being made and actual move-in date can be anything from one-six weeks.

Understand your housing qualifications, restrictions and your obligations if you are already committed to a lease agreement.

Be clear in your requirements and understand what is a "must have" and what is a "wish list". Think about parishes, schools, budget, bedrooms, parking, garden etc. be honest about any pets that you own and inform your agent of this so that they can narrow down suitable properties.

Give honest feedback during your viewing so the agent will have more of an understanding of what will and will not work for you.

Be clear with your offer and include the amount, date and term that you wish to take the property for and be sure to tell the agent if you have any specific clauses you wish to have included in the lease or if you wish to make any changes to the property.

If your offer is accepted, arrange to have the deposit transferred within a matter of days and provide the agent with the documentation they have requested for references and credit checks. The sooner you provide this, the sooner the lease can be signed and the property secured.

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“Offer accepted. Transfer the deposit within a matter of days and provide the agent with the documentation they have requested for references and credit checks. The sooner you provide this, the sooner the lease can be signed and the property secured.”

Your landlord must lodge your deposit with mydeposits Jersey within 30 working days of receiving it from you to comply with their legal obligations. You don’t need to do anything at this stage; it’s your landlord’s responsibility to protect the deposit. Mydeposits Jersey will take a £20 plus GST (£21) administration fee from the deposit that is deducted from the total deposit amount. You will be sent a Deposit Protection Certificate to confirm the deposit’s protection along with the Scheme Information leaflet. Make sure your landlord has your correct email or mobile number. Your landlord also needs to confirm the deposit’s release before it’s returned.

A condition report is a way for a landlord to record the physical condition and state of repair of a property when a tenant moves in and when they move out. This forms part of your lease agreement and documents:

  • all the fixed parts of a property
  • the condition of walls, ceilings and floors in each room
  • any fixtures, fittings and furniture which belong to the landlord and come as part of the tenancy A condition report must be completed and agreed within seven days of you agreeing to live in the property.

Give honest feedback so we understand what you want

Please note that until the lease is signed the property has not been secured and can still fall through. If a property is for rent with multiple agencies the vendor can continue to allow other viewings to go ahead including sales viewings if it is for rent and sale.

Most importantly ask questions both at the viewing and with regards to the rental process. Once you have signed a lease on a property you are committed to a legally-binding contract.

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