At Mint Homes we pride ourselves on providing a friendly service and being an agency that our tenants can trust and ask advice from throughout the entire lettings process. Whether you are a tenant requiring a house share or the whole property, we are here to ensure your tenancy runs smoothly.
At Mint Homes we make renting a property inexpensive and hassle free. Our tenants know exactly what they are paying for and we don’t have any hidden fees.
If you find a property you would like to rent Mint Homes will only charge for the referencing fee, which is £90 including VAT per adult applicant for the whole property and £36 including VAT for a shared house. If you require a guarantor there is also a £90 including VAT reference fee. We will only take payment once an application form has been received and we are confident that you will pass on the information supplied.
Renewal of Tenancy
To extend an existing tenancy following expiry of the fixed term is FREE for tenants in a Mint Homes managed property.
As letting agents we require references for all tenancies. For this we use a
Please note that the referencing agency requires tenants to earn 35 x 1 month’s rent between them to rent a property (e.g. 35 x £600pcm = £21,000p.a.)
All applicants must be over 18 years of age and in permanent employment or in the event they are not employed, must be willing to provide a guarantor who will also be referenced. Alternatively they can pay all of the rent for the duration of the tenancy in advance, in addition to the agreed security deposit.
If you have a poor credit history, any unresolved CCJ’s, are a student, or if you are in temporary employment or unemployed, you will need a guarantor. As well as being referenced and will be named on the Tenancy Agreement and are required to sign the Tenancy Agreement. If a guarantor cannot be provided, the tenant can choose to pay rent in advance; subject to the landlord’s approval.
The Application Fees paid in respect of a tenancy application are non-refundable and will be forfeited in the event the tenant/s decides to withdraw their application and/or fail the referencing process. The fees have been paid by the prospective tenant to Mint Homes in order for the application to rent a property to be processed. Should the Landlord decide at any time after the application fee has been paid that he/she does not wish to rent the property to the applicant and providing the applicant/s pass referencing, Mint Homes will reimburse the application fee to the tenant/s or waive them in respect of a new application on an alternative property through Mint Homes.
All applicants will be required to produce identification before a tenancy is completed. We require photographic ID (passport or driver’s licence) together with a recent utility bill or bank statement as proof of address.
Once references are successful and prior to moving into a property you will be required to pay a security deposit in addition to the first rent payment. The standard deposit amount is equivalent to one month’s rent plus an additional £100. Some of the properties that we advertise to let may have a different deposit amount stipulated by the Landlord so please check the property details prior to booking a viewing. If you are unsure you can enquire with any of the Lettings Team and they will be happy to assist with any questions that you may have about deposits or the letting process.
What happens to your Deposit
Under the provisions of the UK Housing Act 2004, any Landlord or Agent who takes a deposit from a Tenant for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy after April 2007, must register the deposit with a Government approved tenancy deposit protection scheme within 30 days of receipt.
At Mint Homes your deposit will be protected and paid it into the government backed DPS custodial scheme under our name, or that of your landlord if we do not manage the property. If the Landlord decides to register the deposit with an alternative Government approved tenancy deposit protection scheme they will have 30 days to provide you with this information and you will be given with the Landlord’s contact details upon the commencement of your tenancy.
Prior to your move in date you will be advised by our Lettings Team as to
whether Mint Homes will be registering the deposit on behalf of the Landlord and provided with the relevant documentation accordingly.
At the end of your tenancy the deposit will be returned once the property has been inspected by our staff, in liaison with the landlord, and we have received your forwarding address.