Tenants

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.

Fees

There are NO FEES to rent a property with Mint Homes. If you find a property that you want to rent then you can pay a holding deposit of £80 per property to secure. More information below.

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References

As letting agents we require references for all tenancies. For this we use a referencing company.

Please note that the referencing agency requires tenants to earn 30 x 1 month’s rent between them to rent a property (e.g. 30 x £600pcm = £18,000p.a.)

All applicants must be over 18 years of age and in permanent employment. If you are unemployed or in temporary employment, have a poor credit history, any unresolved CCJ's or are a student you will be required to pay all of the rent for the duration of the tenancy in advance. In addition to this you will require a guarantor, who will also be referenced.

As well as being referenced the guarantor will be named on the Tenancy Agreement and are required to sign the Tenancy Agreement.

Holding Fee

A holding fee of £80 per property is payable at the start of the application. For successful applicants the holding fee will be offset against the initial rent and deposit with your agreement.

Once the holding fee has been paid the landlord has 15 days to agree to proceed with the application or refund the full amount.

If the tenancy does not go ahead then the money must be repaid in full within 7 days of the deadline being reached or the landlord backing out.

Repayment does not need to be in full if the tenant backs out of the tenancy agreement themselves, fails right to rent checks, has provided false or misleading information, or where the landlord tries their best to get the information needed but the tenant fails to provide it within the 15 days.

Identification

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.

Security Deposit

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 deposit will be equal to 5 weeks rent (6 weeks rent, where the annual rent is greater than £50,000.00).

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.