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. If not urgent, we log your details so that we can
contact you as suitable properties become available. It is wise to start looking
about 6-8 weeks before you wish to move, as the nicer properties are viewed and
reserved quickly. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months with
many of our landlords offering longer-term contracts if required.
If you are looking for a property to rent outside greater Ballymena area, we are
unable to help you at this time. We'd suggest starting your search online and
then contacting local agents in the town in which you are interested. We do hope
to expand our service accross Northern Ireland in the near future.
Viewings will be arranged at times to suit you and you will invariably be
accompanied by a member of staff, who can give advice and answer any questions
you may have.
Reserving the property
Once you have decided on a property, you may wish to reserve it by paying a
'holding deposit', usually £100.00 or one week's rent. Assuming that the tenancy
goes ahead, this will be deducted from the monies due before you move in. If the
landlord declines to grant the tenancy, it will be refunded. However the deposit
will be forfeit if you decide not to proceed for any reason, or if you fail to
provide complete and accurate information in your application.
As a minimum we will require satisfactory references from your employer (or
college), and a previous or current landlord. We may also require a personal
reference, and sometimes a guarantor. In addition a credit check will be
undertaken. We may use the services of an independent referencing company to
obtain and evaluate these references.
Foreign National Workers
Due to the legal nature of our tenancies we are unable to let properties
directly to foreign national workers. We must be able to demonstrate that all
contract terms and conditions are fully understood by our tenants. We will only
consider this type of tenant where the employer or employment agency take on the
tenancy on their employees' behalf or act as guarantor for the tenancy. Please
also note that not all landlords will accept this type of tenant and some
properties are located in areas also not suitable.
Rents are normally quoted calendar monthly, and payable monthly in advance. The
tenant is usually also responsible for Gas, Electricity and Telephone costs. On
some properties the tenant is also responsible for rates - contact us about a
specific property. All rents are payable by bank standing order to our company
bank account or direct to the landlord by the same method.
A security deposit of one month's rental must be paid, and will be held by
ourselves as stakeholders in a secure client account throughout the tenancy
term. This 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.
We do not charge any tenant application fees.