Renting a Room
Not rented a room in a shared house before? You might not know what to look for, what questions to ask or what being a tenant in an HMO means for you. At Best Nest, we have put together a handy guide in order to help you choose the right property and explain what our process is for renting a room.
Would YOU like to rent a room from us?
You can call, text or email us via our contact page. Alternatively, you can find us on Facebook!
What’s Important To You?
When choosing your ideal property you’ll probably have a number of considerations, including:
- Size/quality of room
- Available facilities
- Who the other tenants are
Above all, here at Best Nest, we only rent to employed professionals. Therefore, you can be assured of living with like-minded people! Let us know what your priorities are and we’ll find your ideal room at the right price.
Once you have identified your preferences, contact us to arrange a viewing on a day and at a time that suits you best. Alternatively, if you are unsure of what you are looking for, just ask us – our staff are happy to help you find the right home to meet your needs.
WHAT YOUR RENTAL INCLUDES:
- Council Tax
- Electricity and gas
- Water and sewerage
- TV Licence
- Super-fast broadband
- Regular cleaning of all communal areas
ADDITIONAL BEDDING AND TOWEL PACK
Should you prefer us to provide a bedding and towel pack for your comfort, we charge a one-off price of £80. The pack includes:
Double duvet and cover
Two pillows and two pillowcases
Large bath towel
Please leave your bedding pack in your room at the end of the tenancy.
Anything that can be re-used is professionally washed and cleaned. Other items are donated to our local YMCA.
What You Need To Know
RESERVING YOUR ROOM
Once you have found the room you want, you will need to reserve it. The rental market moves quickly. As a result, it is important for you to reserve the room of your choice, because otherwise it may be gone!
In order to reserve your room, you will need to show us the following documents:
- ID (Passport / Driving license)
- Proof of your current address
- Proof of current income (Bank Statements or Job Contract)
- Right to rent documents (If you are not an EU national)
- Your visa if you are a non-EU national
REFERENCE CHECKS & TENANCY AGREEMENT
After you have reserved your room, we will carry out a reference check. Through this process we need to see the addresses of your previous rental homes and the landlords’ details. We need confirmation of your current employment status and will ask you to provide references. We will also check that you have no history of bad credit in the form of CCJs or bankruptcy.
Finally, once you have successfully passed the reference checks, we will send you the tenancy agreement which will show you the terms of the tenancy. This is a legally binding document to ensure the rights and obligations of the tenant and the landlord.
A mutually convenient move-in date will be arranged and you will be required to pay any fees, your first month’s rental and the deposit 24 hours before moving in. A member of our team will meet you at the property and show you around. Likewise, we will go through an inventory during the check-in process and answer any questions you may have. If you have ordered any bedding or bathroom packs, they will be available in your room prior to arrival.
Following your check-in, you will be given your keys and then you can relax and settle into your new home!
PROPERTY INSPECTIONS AND MAINTENANCE
Our properties are inspected at least once a month to ensure your safety and to identify any maintenance issues that need addressing.
In the case of any emergency maintenance issues, please complete our online form and we will arrange for a member of our maintenance team to fix the problem.
A cleaner will visit your property either once a week or fortnightly to ensure that all the communal areas (where applicable: living room, kitchen, bathrooms and hallway) are clean and tidy. This is for your convenience and to ensure that all our properties are well maintained. This is at no extra cost to you but should you require cleaning services for your room please contact one of our staff for more details.
WHEN YOUR TENANCY ENDS
Before the end of your tenancy, we will contact you to understand what your plans are for staying in the property and whether you would like to extend your term with us.
Should you decide to leave at the end of your tenancy, a checkout date will be arranged for you and we will require an inspection of the property to ascertain that it is given back to us in the same condition as the beginning of the tenancy. You will be required to clean your room thoroughly as well as returning the keys back to us on the day of your checkout. Make sure that no personal belongings are left behind.
If you require any help prior to check-out, feel free to contact us for further advice and guidance for a swift a secure return of your deposit.
Where advertised and charged: £100 admin fee.
This covers all administration relating to an agreement and set-up, including the following: processing and completing tenant referencing; credit and ID checking; preparation of the Tenancy Agreement; administration of the Deposit Protection Scheme; check-in costs, keys.
Additional Administration Charges:
- Guarantor Fee £49
- Late payment of rent £30
- Amendments/renewals to AST £49
- Bounced Standing Order £30
- Credit Card Payment Charges 2.5%
- Lost key £45
- Charge for providing onward reference £29