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You can leverage the skills of the Taberns team to find the perfect property to rent in St Helens, Eccleston, Rainhill, Haydock, Newton-le-Willows and surrounding areas. You will always have the ability to deal with any issues that may arise efficiently and without delay due to our strong links with trusted landlords. As a tenant in a Taberns property you will have access to FixFlo, our online maintenance reporting system that gives you an instant line of communication with us and your landlord to resolve any maintenance problems quickly within the aim of creating a long-lasting and happy tenant-agent relationship.

Once you have found a property you’d like to rent, either by speaking to our team or by browsing the website, you can begin the short application process as follows:

STEP ONE

Complete the application form, and proof of identification.

You will need to pass several checks in order to become a tenant. This is standard practice amongst quality estates and lettings agents. We use referencing services to do this. You will need to fully complete and sign the application form that is available from the office. Remember to complete the form in its entirety to avoid any delays. All applications are taken on a “first come-first served” basis. Along with your application form please supply us with the following copies of identification:

  • Passport and/ or Driving licence
  • Recent utility bill (bank statements are not acceptable for this) or
  • A copy of your current tenancy agreement or
  • A signed and dated letter from your employer showing your name and address
  • 3 months’ bank statements (FOR HOUSING BENEFIT APPLICANTS)

STEP TWO

Pay an application fee.

If the tenancy will be in your name only the application fee is £150. There is an additional charge of £50 per additional tenant and all other adult tenants must complete the application process as detailed in Step 1. Where a guarantor is required there is also a £50 charge. Application fees cover the cost of processing your identification and reference checks so are non-refundable even in the event of a failed application.

Unsatisfactory references and incomplete documents are the two most common causes of failed applications. From the information you supply we will obtain the following references:

  • Bank Account Validation
  • Employer/Accountant reference
  • Landlord reference (if applicable)
  • Credit Check

STEP THREE

Security deposit and move-in date

If your application is successful your next step is to pay a security deposit within two days and supply us with your move in date. This will allow us to secure the property for you and remove it from the letting market. You will have a 28 days from the date of application success to then move in to your chosen property. Unfortunately if you choose not to move in to the property after being approved you will be unable to reclaim your application fee or security deposit. Your security deposit will be held by the Deposit Protection Service (DPS), once the tenancy commences. An administration charge of £50 is payable for this service before the commencement of the tenancy. Your deposit will be returned to you from the DPS once your tenancy has ended and both Tabern Property Consultants and your Landlord are happy that you have vacated the property, leaving it in good condition.

HOUSING BENEFIT APPLICANTS

Local Housing Authority or Housing Benefit applicants should submit a housing benefit claim form to Taberns along with your application. If you already receive housing benefit, then you must provide proof of this. If your rent is to be paid by housing benefit you WILL require a Guarantor which incurs a £50 charge. Your guarantor should someone who has a full time job, a bank account and is in a position to cover your rent should the council reject your claim or the rent is not paid in full. We are aware that there are sometimes cases of late housing benefit payments but please be aware that you will still be 100% liable to pay rent on time even if your benefits provider does not.