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Tenant Advice

The lettings property experts at Michael Lavelle Estate Agents have decades of combined experience in the industry and specifically in the north east. We will be with you every step of the way through your moving process and will be on call to answer any questions you may have. We bring you the expertise and resources needed with every property we let and manage. Using open, honest communication you will have all the knowledge and advice you need to rent with peace of mind. Our aim is to build a relationship with you. One that is based on trust, so that we can help you enjoy your home. Before you start your property search here are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) regarding Tenant Advice. These should make things a little clearer for you.

How do I Make an Offer?

So, you have viewed a property and want to rent it. You will need to contact us to express your interest and forward us your documents. We then relay your interest to the landlord and seek their instruction within 48 hours.

What Documents Are needed?

You need to provide 2 references (employer and landlord), a list of all previous addresses, a utility bill, and a photo ID. If you receive social welfare payments, you will need to provide proof of this.

How do I Secure the Property?

Once your offer has been accepted and we have received your documents and checked your references, you will be required to pay your security deposit. This secures the property. On receipt of this, we stop marketing the property. Therefore, it’s critical that we receive these funds ASAP to avoid any possible disappointment. (OPTION TO PAY THIS ONLINE)

How much is the Security Deposit? What is it For?

The deposit is the equivalent of 1 month’s rent. The landlord holds this until you move out. In the event that there is any damage to the property, the cost to repair it is deducted from the deposit. If there are any rental arrears, these are deducted from the deposit.

Do your Properties Allow Pets?

This is up to the landlord’s discretion and usually depends on any previous experience they have of pets. So if you have a pet, you need to advise us of this when you view the property. Please don’t keep it a secret! Some landlords ask for a higher deposit when pets are allowed.

Do you provide Short Term Lets?

Sorry, no! Our minimum contract length is typically 12 months. If you sign a lease and leave in the first 6 months, you may lose your deposit.

Will the Property come Furnished or Unfurnished?

This is dependent on the property and landlord. In general, properties are ‘rent as seen’, in other words, what you view is what the landlord is offering. If you are unsure about the contents of the property or have particular questions about moving your own furniture in, ask the team as soon as possible. This could save disappointment at a later stage.

Have some more questions? Contact the lettings team using the contact form below and they will be happy to assist

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