Tenants Portal

Cassidy and Tate has a well deserved reputation for being among the most successful letting agents in St Albans and we pride ourselves in supporting those tenants we deal with.

TENANTS GUIDE

We have put together a guide to help tenants get quick answers when our offices are closed.

What references and checks are carried out?

Personal identity check Credit Score Bankruptcy CCJs Verification of current home address Verification of home address for the last three years Current Landlord / Managing Agent reference Employer’s reference & financial checks

How do I pay my rent?

Rent is paid monthly by standing order from your bank and is normally set up to leave your account 3 days prior to your rent due date (this is typically the date on which you moved in, although not always). Be sure to tell us if your circumstances change, for instance you change banks or your employment situation changes as we can lend advice.

What is a guarantor?

If a tenant is not fully approved by the referencing process, they can ask a guarantor to support them. A guarantor (usually a parent or guardian) will agree to take joint responsibility for the rent for the property if the tenant fails to. Guarantors are required to pay any rent arrears (if the tenant does not pay) and for any damages costing more than the deposit.

Is my deposit protected?

From 6th April 2007, all deposits paid to a landlord or agent for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement in England and Wales, must be protected by a Government authorised Tenancy Deposit Scheme. Cassidy and Tate are a member of the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS).

Am I allowed pets?

No. Not unless specifically defined and agreed in advance. A security deposit may be required if agreed. If you require a property that does allow pets then please let us know and we will do our best to find a suitable property for you.

How do I pay my rent?

Rent is paid monthly by standing order from your bank and is normally set up to leave your account 3 days prior to your rent due date (this is typically the date on which you moved in, although not always). Be sure to tell us if your circumstances change, for instance you change banks or your employment situation changes as we can lend advice.

Who pays the council tax and other bills?

As the tenant you are responsible for opening accounts with the utility companies when you move into a property. These include gas, electricity, water, council tax, TV licensing, telephone and broadband etc.

Do I need contents insurance?

Yes, you must insure your contents, as the landlord’s insurance cover the actual property/goods, but not your possessions.

Unfurnished or Furnished?

Each property is let with different levels of furnishings. Unfurnished normally means carpets and white goods only. Furnished will tend to include living room furniture, dining furniture, beds and wardrobes, etc. Tenant FAQs

What is a property inspection?

Your landlord or letting agent will regularly schedule visits to the property. They want to make sure that the property is being looked after and maintained in a good condition, and they’ll be looking for any maintenance issues.

Who is responsible for repairs?

The landlord is responsible for maintaining the property in a good state of repair. They will either take care of this directly, or do so via our management department if your property is managed.

If I have any problems during my tenancy who do I contact?

If your property is managed by Cassidy and Tate then you can email your enquiry to syrie@cassidyandtate.co.uk or call 01717 832 383 You can also use our on-line reporting facility. Just click ‘report a repair’ on our homepage. If your property is not managed by Cassidy and Tate you would contact your Landlord directly.

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