Property Rental Guide

Everything you need to know to find the best rental home for you.

Why Rent?

There are many reasons you might choose to rent your home instead of buying it: perhaps you don’t have access to a deposit or mortgage, you can’t sell your current home, or you just want the flexibility that renting can bring you.

Also, it is often possible to rent a larger home than you can afford to buy; a large apartment that might sell for £500,000 could rent for as little as £700 per month: much less than a mortgage might be on the property.

Many families with teenage children choose to rent their homes; buying a large enough home to accommodate a busy family can be expensive, when you may decide to downsize over the coming years as your children fly the nest.

In Europe, renting is much more commonplace, and for some it is a way of life. Whilst buying property can be a great investment, the peace of mind that maintenance and repairs are someone else’s responsibility can be valuable too!

To book a free rental consultation with us, please submit a request here.

Why should you choose us?

Daniel James Estate Agents is one of South West London’s leading and most innovative Estate and Letting agents.

Daniel James is an owner led company, headed up by Daniel White himself and supported by a superb team of experienced property professionals.

What makes us different is our passion and enthusiasm for selling and letting homes. The key to our success is our approachability and willingness to listen, understand and respond to our client’s needs.

We are known for our authority on the local market and straight talking good advice which clients appreciate. Experience has taught us a unique empathy with clients and we always apply discretion, humour and integrity as any situation dictates.

We are extremely flexible and always try to accommodate our client's busy lifestyles and commitments and can do valuations or accompany viewings out of office hours seven days a week.

Before you start searching for your new home, take some time to consider the following:

Your timescale - If you’re in a hurry to move, you may feel under pressure to sign for the first decent property you find. After all, rentals can sometimes be snapped up quicker than you can ask, “Where do I sign?” Of course, when you’re renting your home, you can move on more simply if it’s not the right one for you. However, moving can be costly, and most renters prefer to stay in their property for a couple of years or so, so take your time. Tell us exactly what kind of property you’re looking for, and we will do everything we can to accommodate your timescale and get you moved when you need to.

Your landlord – Some landlords have found themselves in a position of needing to rent their property, not necessarily by choice. Perhaps they have tried to sell it, and failing that, have had to let it instead. However, if the right offer came along, you could be looking for another home sooner than you had planned.
We can help by keeping both parties informed, and taking the heat out of any potentially emotionally-charged situation. By having a good working relationship with both landlord and tenant, we can really help smooth things over if necessary, creating a win-win situation for both.

Moving expenses – Often, tenants prefer to rent rather than buy their home, to save money, but there are some planned and unforeseen expenses that can crop up, catching you unawares. These include:

  • Referencing fee
  • Inventory fee
  • Deposit (usually 1-2 months’ rent)
  • Appliances 
  • Furniture

With our extensive contacts and experience, we can help you keep these costs to an absolute minimum so you never pay more than you need to.

Our attractive office is located opposite Tooting Bec station on Balham High Road. Please feel free to visit us at any time for an informal chat about any aspect of selling, letting or buying a property.

Call 020 8767 7001 or email or
click here for our full contact details.

Finding a rental property

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The Deposit

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The Tenancy Agreement

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The Inventory

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Being the best tenant

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