Residential renting guide
Our guide to renting residential property provides professional advice and information about the key factors to consider at the start of your search such as location, costs and contract negotiation. As well as information about what you need to provide to ensure you can rent the property you want.
1. Let us know you are looking
The first step to finding the right property is by letting us know what you are looking for. Contact or visit your nearest Frost office or register your property search requirements online with us, we will either contact you by phone or send you email updates when properties that fit your search criteria are available.
2. Start your property search
3. Choose the right location
Which areas would you consider moving to? All the areas we cover offer excellent transport links via railways and motorways ideal for commuting to London, Reading or Heathrow airport. However, they enjoy all the benefits of town and country living.
Find a property to rent by reverse searching our database by:
4. ARLA licenced - choose the right letting agent
Choosing the right lettings agent to rent your property through is important. By renting through an ARLA licenced agent will be assured that the highest customer service standards and that all health and safety regulations have been met. You also have the peace of mind that any rent and deposit given to us is protected via a Client Money Protection Bonding Scheme.
5. Costs involved
Once you have found the ideal property to rent your agent will be able to provide you with further details about the costs specific to that property. A typical sample of costs include:
|Pre-tenancy||All fees are exclusive of VAT|
|Tenancy agreement/Admin fee||£240 per tenancy (£200 + VAT)|
|Referencing fee||£84 per tenant (£70 + VAT)|
|Guarantor reference fee (if applicable)||£84 per tenant (£70 +VAT)|
|Additional variable costs|
|Check-in fee||Varies on the size of the property|
|Rent||1 x the agreed calendar month’s rent in advance|
|Security deposit||1.5 x the agreed calendar month’s rent as a deposit|
NB. Increased security deposits may be required in certain situations. Please call your local office for more information.
For more information read Tenants fees.
6. Offer to rent
When you have found the right property we will help negotiate your offer, in terms of the contract and state any special conditions you may require – it is worth noting that until a holding deposit of £200 has been received the property will not be withdrawn from the market and other offers will be considered.
7. Signing the tenancy agreement
Once both the tenant and the landlord (guarantors where applicable) have agreed and signed the tenancy agreement and the required funds have been transferred and cleared – the property is officially yours to move into on the date specified on the tenancy agreement.
For an additional fee we can arrange for an approved inventory clerk to conduct a “check in”. The check in report details the exact condition of the property on the day the tenancy commences and is sent to both landlord and tenant as a record of this. The check in is designed to protect both tenant and landlord should any disputes arise at the end of the tenancy relating to the condition of the property.