Each tenant must pay an Application Fee when putting in an application to rent one of our properties. Our fees are broken down as follows: -
Single £150 including VAT
Couple £200 including VAT
Additional persons over the age of 18 £50 per person
The Application Fee is refundable in the following circumstances:
If the offer is not accepted by the Landlord or
The Landlord withdraws the property or
If the Landlord decides the references are unsatisfactory or
The Landlord does not agree with the special conditions as proposed when placing the application
The refund will be made within 7 working days
The application fee is not refundable if the tenant makes additional requests (such as permission to keep a pet, wanting a permitted occupier, wanting the landlord to provide items not already offered as part of the tenancy, specialist cleaning, different rent due days, etc which are then refused by the landlord). THESE MUST BE ASKED FOR BEFORE YOU MAKE THE APPLICATION.
Where the tenant provides false or misleading referencing information, and the landlord is unable to relet the property by the proposed move in date, a charge will be levied to cover all the landlord’s costs up to a maximum of the fee paid.
Where the tenant does not have the Right to Rent under the Immigration Act 2014 and the landlord or Agent did not know and could not reasonably have been expected to know that prior to taking fee.
If after 15 days the tenant withdraws their offer, or does not take reasonable steps to take up the tenancy during the “deadline for agreement”, (UNLESS A DIFFERENT DATE HAS BEEN AGREED BETWEEN THE PARTIES, IN WHICH CASE THE TIME LIMITS OF THE NEW AGREEMENT WILL APPLY) then a charge will be levied to cover the landlord’s costs up to a maximum charge of the fee paid.
Applications will not be processed until the property has been viewed.
This fee covers all credit checks, referencing and administration costs to the agent.
Sally Botham Estates hold client money protection with Propertymark.
Sally Botham Estates are members of the Property Ombudsman redress scheme.