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 our expertise and resources to every property we let and manage, and we will always communicate honestly and clearly with you so you have all the knowledge and advice you need. Our aim is to build a trusted relationship with you so that we can help you enjoy your home. So before you start your search here are some FAQ’s to make things a little clearer for you.
How do I make an offer?
You’ve viewed the 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 do you need to provide?
You need to provide 2 references (employer and landlord), a list of all previous addresses, utility bill and 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 do 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 my property come furnished or unfurnished?
This is dependent on the property and landlord. We rent ‘rent as seen’ – in other words, what you view is what the landlord is offering. If you’re unsure about contents, or have particular questions, just ask any of the team.
Have some more questions? Contact the lettings team and they will be happy to assist.