Tenants Guide

John V Arthur Estate Agents offer tenant services in the Derry-Londonderry area.

To show you just how simple renting with John V Arthur Estate Agents can be, we've put together this step-by-step guide.

Step One: Preparation

  • Be clear about your needs.
  • How much you are looking to spend per month/week?
  • How many bedrooms/bathrooms do you need?
  • Do you want something furnished or unfurnished?
  • Do you need a garden/outside space?
  • How long do you want to rent for?
  • What amenities (schools, hospitals, shops, restaurants) would you like to live near?
  • If you had to, what type of things would you compromise on.

Step Two: Making An Offer

Reaching an agreement

Properties are typically advertised at the weekly or monthly rate the landlord will accept.

We will work with you to put an offer together for the landlord.

Step Three: The References

Tenant Referencing.

When your offer is accepted, we will carry out referencing checks. This is needed so that the landlord can be sure that you, or your guarantor, can meet your commitments each month. We use a third party company to carry out these checks for which there is a fee of £30 per adult tenant.

Step Four: Time To Sign

Your tenancy agreement.

Once all checks have been approved, we'll create a tenancy agreement. This is based on current law, and tailored as necessary with bespoke clauses according to what you and the landlord agree.

Step Five: The Deposit

Securing the place you'd like to rent.

We usually require a deposit equalling 1 month's or 4 week's rent, payable before you move in.

You may need a larger deposit if, for example, the landlord agrees to you having a pet in the property.

The deposit is held as security against non-payment of rent and/or any damages that may occur. But all being well, it is returned to you in full at the end of your tenancy. During your stay, it is registered in the government-backed tenancy deposit scheme to protect your rights as a tenant.

Step Six: Preparing The Inventory

We give you a written inventory report that details its condition and, if applicable, a list and condition of its individual contents. When you move out, we carry out a further inventory inspection. You protect your deposit by handing hand back the property in the same condition you received it.

Step Seven: Points Of Contact

Making sure you have all you need.

We're with you every step of the way. Even if we're not managing the property, we'll make sure that you have all the contact details for your landlord and the correct number keys for your new home.

Step Eight: Checking In and Checking Out

When your initial term is up, moving out and your deposit.

When you sign your tenancy agreement, you and the landlord will be committing to a fixed term, such as 6 months or 1 year.

Just before your end date, we'll get in touch to see if you want to extend your agreement or move on.

If you decide to move on, you'll need to attend an inventory check out. This is where the property gets checked off aginst the original inventory. From there, a report is produced. If there are any issues, this may have an effect on your deposit.