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When looking for a flat to rent we had serious issues with letting agents trying to rip us off with fees. We were actually asked for £700 by one agent before they would let us go ahead with the flat. We eventually found Prominence and they were fantastic. They charged minimal fees and have been nothing but helpful ever since we moved into the flat. We would recommend them to anyone looking to rent in Brighton.Tenant

FIND A PROPERTY IN BRIGHTON & HOVE

When you use us to help find you a home, you can be confident that we will do everything we can to help you find a property to suit you, and that your deposit will be protected in a registered deposit protection scheme.

 

Brighton seafront properties to letWe manage and let a range of high quality properties to professionals, companies and students in Hove and central Brighton, and our friendly team will be happy to answer any questions you have about living in the different parts of the city or how the renting process works.

REGISTERING WITH US

Call or visit us to register. We can then let you know about any suitable properties that we currently have or will contact you as soon as new properties become available. The more details you can give us about what you are looking for, the better: how many rooms, outside space requirements, your transport needs and whether you have any pets are all useful bits of information that can help us identify the best rental property for you.

Visit us in our Hove office, or call us now

Organising viewings

Let us know what time suits you best for viewings. We can usually arrange viewings in the evenings and over weekends and a member of our team will meet you at the property to show you around and answer any questions that you have.

What must I do when I find the perfect rental property?

1. Pay a reservation fee

You will be asked to pay a non-refundable reservation fee. For the majority of properties this is £150 per person. We will then stop marketing the property.

2. Complete the online application form and pay the administration fee

We will ask you to fill out the online application form so that we can check your references. You need to be able to prove that you have an annual basic income of 2.5 times the annual rent. If you cannot prove this, you will need a guarantor or you will have to pay six months’ to a year’s rent in advance. See what information we need from you

3. Sign the tenancy agreement

Once we hear back from the credit reference company we will prepare the tenancy agreement and ask you to come into our offices to sign it. You will need to bring your photographic ID with you.

4. Pay the deposit and the first month’s rent

Before we can give you the keys we need to have received a deposit (usually one and a half times the monthly rent) and the first month’s rent. The funds need to be cleared in our account when you collect the keys. You can pay by bank transfer, bankers draft or cash. If you do pay by cheque we will need to receive the cheque seven days before the date you are set to move in. Cheques should be made out to Prominence Ltd.

If we are managing the property, your deposit will be protected by Mydeposits, a tenancy deposit protection scheme, and if there are any disputes about deductions at the end of your tenancy, they will help to resolve them fairly.

Some of our landlords are members of a different deposit protection schemes and wish to protect the deposit themselves. Details of this will be included in the tenancy agreement.

5. Collect the keys

Please bring photographic ID and a completed standing order form for future rent payments when you come to collect the keys. We will give you a copy of the inventory and a schedule of condition at the same time.

6. Check the inventory

The inventory and schedule of condition give details of all the fittings and furnishings in the property and the general condition of the property. We will use it to assess the property when you move out, so you should check this carefully. Make any amendments and then return it to us within seven days of the start of your tenancy. If we don’t receive it back we will assume that everything is correct.

8. Take your meter readings and set up accounts with utility companies and the council

Check your gas, electricity and water (if there is one) meters when you visit the property for the first time and contact the utility companies as soon as possible to set up accounts in your name. You will need to speak to your landlord or to us if you want to change any of the utility companies. You will also need to contact the Brighton & Hove Council to set up a council tax account.

  • Council tax: to set up your council tax bill call 01273 290000. For more information see FAQs – Brighton & Hove Council Tax
  • Gas: If you have any queries regarding your gas supply, you can contact Scotia Gas Networks on 0845 070 1431
  • Electricity: If you have any queries regarding your electricity supply, you can contact UK Power Networks on 0845 601 5467
  • Water in Brighton and Hove is supplied by Southern Water  – 0845 270 1508

You will also need to arrange your TV, telephone and broadband connections.

If you have any questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

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