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I am moving to London next month from South-Wales, hopefully somewhere in the Sunbury-on-Thames area.

What are the standard terms and conditions (minimum lease and deposit) that most letting companies attempt to get you to sign.

Are these open to negotiation? Can someone recommend a good letting agent in this area?

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Well, there's one green painted agents to avoid. They have a £300+ sign on fee + vat + 6 weeks deposit + a month in advance + £120 +vat to get out at the end + keep as much of the deposit as they can.

Which when you are looking at best part of a grand a month rent is a hefty chunk of cash...

Oh yes, and they charge an admin fee of x% to accept payment....

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A word of warning. Letting agents in the SE of England care only about money, not the landlords or tenants that they are acting on behalf of.

Check out rentals @ www.rightmove.co.uk

Terms should be 6 or 12 months depending on the landlord and probably 2 months rent as a deposit.

As long as you take care of the property you rent, you will get all of your deposit back.

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Thanks i will bear your advice. I haven't much experience of renting down South. In Wales the Estate Agents are quite good. :unsure:

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Thanks i will bear your advice. I haven't much experience of renting down South. In Wales the Estate Agents are quite good. :unsure:

I've never had a problem with estate agents for residential sales, in fact quite the opposite.

But letting agents are a different breed altogether. They may be in the same office but you'll recognise a letting agents by the constant scowl on their faces.

Did you check out rightmove? Not sure how many estate agents use it but most of the ones in Berkshire advertise their properties on there.

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Yeah, i checked out rightmove last night, plenty of flats available for between 825 to 950. There is a large section available in fact better quality than I expected some with good locations. I am waiting for a friend to post me some local news paper before making viewing arrangements. Not sure if I am mad heading back to London when I think there's a recession brewing though.

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Things to consider:

Ask for a copy of the contract and a price list before seeing any property as signing on fees vary alot, some charge for checking you into the property and some may also charger for providing an inventory. At the time of signing the contract some LA's (I had this happen to me with a Belvoir franchise in 2003) may also get you to sign receipt for a Notice to Quit (Section 21). What this means is you can only stay in the proprty until the date on the section 21 which is usually the 6month period of the Assured Shortfold Tenancy (if a 6month AST). It does two things stops the contract becoming a periodic tenancy and means the LA can charge more fees as you theroetically have to check out and back into the property at the same time if you want to stay in the property past the end of the AST contract. Its a very sharp practice but legal! Its worthing asking before hand how long you can expect to have the property for if you dont want to move.

Now the same Belvoir franchise had in their contract that professional cleaning must be carried out, which is an unfair term as the OFT has made a ruling on the requirements of professional cleaning so even though they deducted these charges at the end when I moved out the LL settled out of court as mentioned in my previous post Settled Out of Court.

You will also find that you have to have a regular inspection some set it at 3 months some 6months, some LA's will charge for this others wont so just be aware.

Thanks for your reply, it's excellent reply.

I find its better to deal with an independant LA becuase they are more human and dont have the benefit of a big chain/franchise network behind them thus being able to use their might to bully the tenant when problems arise.

If you need to get out of your contract before the end of the term both you and the landlord can agree to "surrender" the AST although usually they will say you have to pay for the property until its filled again I dont think its legal to pay if the LL has agreed to surrender but dont quote me as I have not been put in that position yet so havent tested the water.

If the LA promises something make sure you put it in writing even if its a confirmation of the conversation becuase my last house I moved out of the LA promised me the house would be decorated this didnt happen lots of excuses that the LL was too busy after I moved in plus some other problems with inferior quality blinds that broke, so will be taking the LL to court to recover my costs of moving in and the application fees plus a reduced rent becuase I wouldnt have moved in had these things not been done and as I lived 2 doors in an identical house for less rent which was a higher std I have a good case for market rates.

hth

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As a landlord, I tend to use agents who are letting agents ONLY, and are not part of an estate agency operation.

The reason for this is that estate agents are essentially sales people and, as someone pointed out earlier, are often only interested in the £££, and not you! Specialist letting agents, on the other hand, tend to be property people who's business depends on keeping people like you happy.

So I would consider finding one of these. A good source (finding via postcode) is http://www.ukpropertyshop.co.uk/property_to_rent.shtml

Hope that helps.

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Hiya,

I rent in Sunbury on Thames. When looking for properties you'll see them under 'sunbury' or 'lower sunbury'. Lower sunbury is nice.. its by the river but the prices rise as you'd expect! The other side of sunbury has flats and hoodies and the like. Lower Sunbury has some nice pubs by the river and a great little place for sunday lunch (the flowerpot). However, transport links aren't great. the last bus to and from kingston is around 11pm and the trains from waterloo stop around 11.30 I think! And its only every hour! Feltham has a fast link to waterloo but thats £1.50 on the bus and takes around 20mins to get there. We are looking to move somewhere a bit more lively!

There are quite a few agents here. Look on find a property site. They are all on there. Prices are fairly high. Our agent charged a fair bit for the credit/tenent checks and £70ish renewel fee!! I've had dealings with quite a few of them as our house was on the market a while back. To be honest I don't trust any of them! But avoid Aegis at all costs. They helped themselves into our house without contacting me to show someone around! And that was after I'd told them I wanted to be there for every viewing!! I went mad at them to say the least! Luckily I wasn't stood there in the buff or anything!!

If you visit the area pick up the free property guide in the local rag.. available at the EA

Anyway.. good luck in your search!

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