Your Absolute Property guide to renting

Before you start looking for a rental property, it is important to consider the following:

  • Which area would you most like to live in?
  • Are you looking for a house or a flat?
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms would you ideally like?
  • What is your budget?
  • How long do you want to rent for?
  • Would you prefer a furnished or unfurnished property?
  • What are your priorities for your property? (proximity to local schools, shops, transport, green space, restaurants etc.)
  • Are you going to be looking for a property which accepts pets?

Every landlord will ask for the following to be shown to them in person

Renting a property involves a significant amount of paperwork. Every landlord or their representative will ask for the following to be shown to them in person, so we recommend you collate this information as soon as you can.

  • Photographic ID – your passport or driving license
  • Written proof that you have the right to reside in the UK if you are not a UK citizen
  • A recent bank statement or utility bill for proof of address
  • References: For a private let you will need a landlord reference, an employee’s reference and a character reference. For a company let you will need an accountant or financial reference as well as landlord reference. This information will be provided to an independent referencing company who will verify the references and carry out a credit check.

Are you aware of your rental obligations?

When renting, you must pay:

  • Council Tax
  • Bills for gas, water, electricity, telephone and broadband; all of which you will need to transfer into your name at the start of the tenancy
  • The TV licence
  • Insurance for your own furniture and possessions

It is your landlord’s responsibility to pay:

  • Building and contents insurance for items owned by the landlord
  • Service charges
  • Ground rent


You will be asked to pay a reservation fee once your offer has been agreed, but before you’ve signed a contract. This is usually equivalent to two weeks’ rent. You will also be required to pay an administration fee and reference charges.

If you pull out of the property, or fundamentally change the terms of your offer after paying your reservation fee, you are unlikely to get this fee repaid. If the landlord withdraws the property, this money will be refunded.

Tenant Support

Once we’ve found you your perfect property, we still want to look after you. If you are having any problems or need advice, please give us a call at any stage.