Gaudin & Co offer a great selection of property to rent in Jersey, from one-bedroom apartments through to grand Georgian family mansions and even town-centre parking spaces. However there are certain things you need to know as a tenant to ensure that your experience renting property in Jersey is smooth and hassle-free.
Step 1: Budget
The first thing to do is to determine your budget. On our website, all rental prices are quoted as ‘pcm’, or ‘per calendar month’ so that you know what your monthly rent will be but there are other elements for which you will need to budget through the duration of your tenancy agreement. We will talk you through what these are likely to be as the process progresses.
Step 2: Finding the right property
The next step is to go through our list of rental property in Jersey and find a selection matching your requirements in terms of price, location and number of bedrooms and we will arrange for you to view them. Once you have chosen one, we will start the application process.
Step 3: References
Dependent on circumstances, each client will need to provide a range of official paperwork but generally speaking we will need references from your bank, your employer and your current landlord. If you are self-employed, you may be asked to provide your latest company accounts. We will also request a credit reference from a reputable credit organisation.
On the basis that all your paperwork is fine, we will then need to see your Registration card. If you do not have one or have misplaced it, they are available from the States of Jersey Social Security Department.
Step 4: Preparation of Lease Agreement
Once all parties are satisfied with your eligibility to rent a property in Jersey, you will be sent a Lease Agreement to be signed which outlines the conditions of your tenancy. You will also receive an inventory of contents of the property which you will need to cross-check thoroughly with the actual contents on site. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know and we will amend the forms accordingly.
Step 5: Completion
Once you are happy with the lease, you will then pay the deposit and the first month’s rent and you will be handed the keys to the property.
What are your financial liabilities as a Tenant?
Circumstances can differ but it is likely that you will be responsible for the utility bills which usually take the form of water, gas, electricity and telephone/broadband as well as Parish Rates.
Where Parish Rates are concerned, it is important you know that if you are resident in the property on January 1st (of any year), you are liable for the Occupiers Rates for the entire year, not just the period of time you are resident in the property. The Landlord is responsible for the Foncier Rates.
Your landlord is responsible for the building insurance and for insuring the contents of the house or apartment which belong to them. You will need to take out a contents insurance policy that covers your personal items.
The responsibility of the maintenance of your home will be clearly laid out in your Lease but if issues do manifest themselves and the property is managed by Gaudin & Co, please contact us in the first instance and we will ensure that they are dealt with in a timely and convenient manner. If the property is managed by the Landlord, you will need to make contact with him/her direct.
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