In 2007 Simon Hill opened the residential lettings business within the Jonathan Hunt brand. Since its inception the business has grown to be one of Ware's most prolific and recommended lettings agencies. Simon's aim has always been to provide unsurpassed service to both landlords and tenants. In 2011 Simon hired Ingrid Bagg as the Lettings Manager.
THE LETTING PROCESS FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
Upon request, Jonathan Hunt will happily email or send you a copy of their current Terms and Conditions together with our Landlords Guide to Lettings, which fully outlines your duties and responsibilities as a Landlord. Should you wish to discuss the process further or in greater detail, please give us a call, pop into the head office, or we can come and see you at home.
Stage 1 - Valuation
Firstly, if you are considering renting your property, you will require a market appraisal. At Jonathan Hunt Lettings we can offer you a free, no obligation appraisal of the current market value of your home. We have extensive knowledge of both the market and the area, and will give you comparable evidence to justify our valuation. At this stage we may also recommend to you anything that we feel will maximise the potential of your property and get you the highest rent.
Stage 2 - Instruction of the Agent
Having received your verbal valuation on the appraisal, if required, you will also receive a written valuation. You may find this useful when getting approval from your mortgage company to let your home. You will then need to return a signed set of our Terms and Conditions and a copy of a valid EPC (Jonathan Hunt can book this on your behalf) to us. Once the letting team have these, they will immediately contact Jonathan Hunt's existing applicant database to arrange viewings and ensure the property goes live on the leading property portals.
Stage 3 - Marketing
Your property is now ready to be fully marketed and as part of Jonathan Hunt's commitment to providing a coherent and effective service, we will work with you to devise a bespoke marketing campaign that is designed to raise the profile of your property in an appropriate and targeted manner. Methods include the following:
• TO LET BOARD - This is the most simple and effective marketing tool, visible 24 hours a day.
• OFFICE AND WINDOW DISPLAY - External and internal photographs will be prominently displayed in our premises in order to optimise exposure to the market place.
• EMAIL – As soon as our particulars have been approved, they will be emailed to all suitable applicants.
• TELEPHONE – In additional to emailing, we will also follow up with telephone calls to all applicants that received your particulars and talk them through the details of your property.
• WEBSITE – This is updated daily and full colour details of your home are placed on our website.
In addition, Jonathan Hunt Lettings will also list your property on the following national property websites: Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation.
Stage 4 - Feedback
At Jonathan Hunt Lettings, we pride ourselves on our conscientious service so you can be assured of regular contact regarding how your property and the wider market as a whole is performing. We will also give feedback pointing out any potential problems or issues. Please note that the Lettings market can change very quickly depending on the level of supply and demand. Keeping abreast of any changes will ensure that your property is correctly placed in terms of price and presentation.
Stage 5 - Offers
Offers will be put forward in writing, together with any special conditions that need to be highlighted in the negotiations. We will then call you to discuss them in person as well as emailing the terms for your reference and consideration. Once you have accepted an offer, subject to contract and referencing, we will take a holding deposit from the Tenant to show their intention to proceed with the let. Once we receive satisfactory references we will then draw up the draft Tenancy Agreement. There will generally be a commitment to proceed in good faith between taking a deposit and the actual move in date of the proposed tenants, agreeing exclusively to both the landlord and the tenant. Having taken a deposit we will stop viewings.
THE LETTINGS PROCESS FOR TENANTS
STAGE 1 - Viewings
At Jonathan Hunt Lettings we hope to be as flexible as possible so that you can view our properties at times that suit your lifestyle. If you are not able to view a property within our normal working hours, please do ask for an alternative time and we will do what we can to help. Many of the properties are occupied, so we must take this into consideration when booking early viewings on a Saturday, or late viewings in the evenings.
Stage 2 - Administration Deposit
Once an offer has been accepted by a Landlord, we ask that a Tenant places a deposit with Jonathan Hunt Lettings to show their good intent to proceed with the let. This can either be paid by bank transfer or cash. The amount of the deposit will be non refundable should a Tenant withdraw their offer or should the references come back unsatisfactory. If the Landlord should pull out, then this sum will be refunded to the Tenant. If the Tenancy goes ahead, this money shall be deducted from the first month’s rent.
Stage 3 - References - Fees
Jonathan Hunt Lettings will require a Tenant to pass referencing before they can move into a property. We use an independent referencing company who contact your referees on our behalf. There is a strict criteria you must meet to pass referencing, this includes a minimum income ratio of 30 times the monthly rent, no adverse credit history such as County Court Judgements and a satisfactory previous or current landlord should you have one.
Administration fee (per property) £150.00 Reference fee (per person) £75.00 Company reference fee £75.00 Guarantor reference fee £75 Renewal fee (per property) £60. (All fees are inclusive of VAT)
Stage 4 - Contract
Upon passing reference, we will draw up the Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement. This will be sent out to you by email prior to your agreed move in date. You should read the agreement carefully and ensure you understand it fully and if in doubt consult a solicitor or other qualified person.
Stage 5 - Payment
We accept payment by bank transfer or cash. We can also accept payment by cheque, but due to the time it takes for them to clear, we insist that these are paid in no less than 10 days prior to your agreed move in date. We will provide bank details upon request. Please inform us of any payments that you make so that we can assign them to you and your property.