Find your dream property
Our aim is to find you the perfect property to suit your requirements with the minimum of hassle.
Finding a property
The first step is to contact us to provide brief details about yourself and about the accommodation you require. We then search our database for suitable properties for you to view. We also log your details in order for us to contact you as and when other properties become available that would be of interest to you. It is wise to start looking around a month or two before you wish to move, because the more attractive properties are viewed and reserved very quickly. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months, which may be renewed if all parties are in agreement.
Please note that for your safety and peace of mind
- All of our managed properties are Gas Safe certificated.
- All of our managed properties are inspected for electrical safety, and furniture fire safety.
- All Tenancy Deposits (bonds) are held in accordance with the Deposit Protection Regulations.
Viewings will be arranged at times to suit you, including evenings and weekends, and you will invariably be accompanied by a member of our Team, who can offer advice and answer any questions you may have.
For properties in England, the Tenant Fees Act 2019 means that in addition to rent, lettings agents can only charge tenants (or anyone acting on the tenant’s behalf) the following permitted payments:
Holding deposits (a maximum of 1 week’s rent);
Deposits (a maximum deposit of 5 weeks’ rent for annual rent below £50,000, or 6 weeks’ rent for annual rental of £50,000 and above);
Payments to change a tenancy agreement eg. change of sharer (capped at £50 or, if higher, any reasonable costs);
Payments associated with early termination of a tenancy (capped at the landlord’s loss or the agent’s reasonably incurred costs);
Utilities, communication services (eg. telephone, broadband), TV licence and council tax;
Interest payments for the late payment of rent (up to 3% above Bank of England’s annual percentage rate);
A charge of £15 per hour inc VAT plus the cost of any replacement of keys/fobs or change of locks will be applicable, should a tenant lock themselves out of the property and a Birchills representative is required to attend the property out of Birchills opening hours.
Contractual damages in the event of the tenant’s default of a tenancy agreement; and Any other permitted payments under the Tenant Fees Act 2019.
We are a member of Client Money Protect Ltd
As a minimum we will require satisfactory references from your employer (or college), a previous or current landlord, and a credit reference report. We may also require a personal reference, and sometimes a guarantor. We may use the services of an independent referencing company to obtain and evaluate these references.
Rents are normally quoted calendar monthly, and payable monthly in advance. The tenant is usually also responsible for Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity and Telephone costs. All rents are payable by bank standing order to our company bank account or your landlord’s bank account.
A security deposit of a minimum of one month’s rental will normally be required. This deposit will be treated in accordance with the Tenancy Deposit Protection regulations, and you will be provided with the appropriate prescribed information and receive details regarding the scheme used. The deposit is held to cover damage, breakages, and any other liabilities under the terms of your tenancy agreement. Please note that under no circumstances can the deposit be used by the tenant to cover rent.