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So you've found a property you love, you've viewed it and now want to apply to become tenant. What are your next steps? 


1. If you wish to apply, please contact us by phone as soon as possible on 01362 693560.

We will take you through the pre-application form. We will then contact the landlord to confirm they are happy to proceed. Once everything is agreed we will take payment of the application fees from you. Each applicant aged 18 or over will need to be referenced. 

2. Completing the reference process

Once payment has been made we will e-mail you the link to complete your referencing form online. If you do not have internet access the referencing agency can contact you direct to complete the application form.

3. References will be taken up 

A comprehensive credit search will be carried out against each applicant, you will be required to give contact information for your current landlord, your employer, your accountant (if self-employed) and may be asked to prove savings if necessary. Failure of referencing due to non-disclosure of relevant information leads to a forfeit of all referencing and administration fees.

4. References completed

Once you have passed your references you will need to sign the tenancy agreement and other related documentation. You will be required to pay the first months rent and deposit at least three working days prior to the tenancy starting. Payment must be in cleared funds i.e. cash or card payment.

5. The Tenancy

You have entered into a legally binding contract for a specified period. Rent must be paid monthly by standing order. Unless otherwise stated, you will be required to give one months notice from your rent due date, on or after your fixed term comes to an end. Should you wish to end the tenancy early you may be liable for payment of the full term of rent and utility bills or to pay all fees relating to the re-letting of the property.

"Thank you so much for your help in the marketing and selling of both our properties. We choose Sowerby’s due to their staff. They seem to be a different brand of estate agent, helpful and courteous and very understanding. We have experienced both sides of the housing market with one sale that could not have been smoother and completed within six weeks and another that fell through twice, (third time lucky!) and that seemed fraught with difficulties right until the last moment! This is when the agents earn their fee. I am afraid at times I required a great deal of hand holding and found the whole process overwhelming at times, but with all your help we got there!! A huge thank you to all the team, we are now living in our dream home!"
Becky Lockhart – November 2014