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Tenant information

Holding Deposit

If you like a property and wish to reserve it, a non-refundable Holding Deposit of £200 will be required. For the sake of fairness we operate a strict first come first serve basis. Having provided you with the reference form, after a period of 3 working days if we have not received your reference payment with completed reference forms we reserve the right to re market the property and you will lose this deposit.


Before we can accept you as a tenant, we will need to formally reference anyone over the age of 18 who will occupy the property. In order for the referencing company to undertake their checks, you will need to complete the reference forms as soon as possible and return them to the office within 3 working days.

The references will check your identity and that you do not have bad credit, county court judgements or outstanding arrears with creditors, mortgage companies or previous landlords. It also assesses your ability to afford the rental. If you have any concerns about the above please speak to our staff.

Each prospective tenant will be required to pay an upfront, non-refundable one-off fee of £130.00 + VAT (£156.00 inc VAT) to cover the cost of checking your references, producing the necessary legal documentation and processing your application. Should your reference checks be unsuccessful, we regret that these fees are none refundable. Upon successful completion of the references a move in date can be agreed.

Fees that may become payable

None payment of rent or late payment of rent will automatically incur an additional cost of £50 + VAT. If all keys are not returned on the last day tenancy the daily rate of rent will be applied each day until the keys are returned. If an outgoing reference is required at the end of your tenancy from Hardings the fee for this is £30 + VAT. If the house pack is not returned at the end of the tenancy the fee for this is £50 + VAT. Should you wish to move in on a Bank Holiday or Sunday the fee for this is £75 + VAT. To move in Saturday after 1100 hours the fee for this is £50 + VAT. Should you have an avoidable non-emergency call out and a member of Hardings has to attend for e.g. locking yourself out the fee for this is £75 + VAT. The tenancy renewal fee is £75 + VAT and this fee will also be due if there are amendments to the contract after the contracts have been signed and should this happen there will be an additional fee of £57 to de-register and re-register your deposit with the TDS. Should an abandoned car be left at the property the fee for this is £500 + VAT to cover our administrative costs involved in removing the vehicle.

What you pay the day you sign the contract and collect keys

1) Month’s rent in advance

2) Dilapidations bond/deposit one and a half month’s rent (less the holding deposit paid)

3) Tenant deposit registration fee £57 (one off fee)

4) Check in administration fee £78 (also payable when you leave as a check out fee)


Any payment by debit card will be subject to a 50p charge and any payment by credit card will be subject to a fee of 5%.

The check in and admin fee covers the cost of setting up the Assured Short hold Tenancy agreement and general administration. £65.00 + VAT (£78.00) will also be charged at the checkout stage of the tenancy. This covers the agents cost of checking the property with the inventory company and processing the Dilapidation Bond with the TDS (Tenant Dispute Service).

The above figures must be in cleared funds on your move in day. We accept debit and Credit cards, bankers draft, cash, or cheque subject to being paid 3 working days prior to your move in date. Any payment by debit card will be subject to a 50p charge and any payment by credit card will be subject to a fee of 5%.

The Dilapidations Bond is held by us but registered with the TDS. In the event that you do not meet your legal obligations set out in the tenancy agreement. We hold this Bond as a "Stakeholder", meaning that we will act as a mediator should you and the landlord disagree on the amount to be paid back at the end of the tenancy.

When you have taken the property we want you to thoroughly enjoy living there but as you would expect your rent must be paid promptly as well as your gas, electricity, water, council tax and other bills. We must stress we act on behalf of the landlord and we operate a “zero tolerance” policy in relation to rent arrears. In the unlikely event that your rent is not paid we will take the necessary legal action against you. PLEASE NOTE WITHIN YOUR TENANCY AGREEMENT, LATE PAYMENT WILL RESULT IN A £57.00 (£50+ VAT) SURCHARGE AUTOMATICALLY BEING APPLIED.

Contents Insurance

It is a requirement of the tenancy agreement that you take out your own contents insurance with accidental damage. This helps not only to safeguard your own belongings but also to protect your Dilapidations Bond should you have an accident in the property. We are pleased to recommend good companies to you.

Assured Short hold tenancy agreement

You will be asked to sign a tenancy agreement on the day that you are due to move in. We must ask that you take your time to carefully read and fully understand the terms of the agreement you are signing. This contract is legally binding and you must adhere to the terms during your tenancy. If you have any questions or concerns our staff are on hand to discuss this with you.

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Hardings Lettings,
25 High Street,

Telephone: 01722 440999
Telephone: 01980 883999
Email: info@hardingsestates.co.uk