Tenant's Guide

If you are considering renting a property, our team of trained professionals are here to guide you through every step of the process. We are members of the ARLA Deposit Protection Scheme. Below is our seven step guide to successfully renting:

Step 1

Register your interest

The first step to finding the right property is to register with us either by calling into our High Street branch, emailing or phoning us. You can discuss your property requirements with a member of our knowledgeable lettings team.

Step 2

Finding the right property

Once we have a clear understanding of your requirements, we will notify you of properties that match your criteria. We will also keep you constantly up-to-date when the latest properties become available.

Step 3

Consider a managed property

An increasing number of tenants insist on renting fully managed properties for complete peace of mind. Renting a managed property has the benefit of our dedicated property management team to handle your day-to-day issues and emergency contact details should a problem arise.

By renting through Christopher Nevill, you will also have the assurance that your property is fully compliant with all safety regulations (including Gas Safety, Electrical Safety and Furniture and Furnishings acts).

Step 4

The key to successful viewings

In order to secure a property we recommend an early viewing. We will accompany you throughout so that we are on hand to answer any questions immediately and advise where necessary.

Step 5

Making an offer

Once you have identified a suitable property you will be required to complete an application for tenancy where you may state any special conditions of the offer and provide details for your references. We will then communicate this offer to the landlord. We will also take an administration fee and holding deposit.

Step 6

Offer agreed

If your offer is accepted we will organise the following regardless of whether your property is managed:

  • Collect references from the referees that you have provided
  • Arrange signing of the Tenancy Agreement
  • Collect your moving in payment (rent + deposit)
  • We will arrange the check-in and inventory

Step 7


Upon completion, you will be given a set of keys and if your property is managed we will provide you with your dedicated property manager’s contact details.

Government makes it easier to begin housing development

The government has introduced new rules for housing developers which aim to make it quicker and easier to begin building properties.

The changes specify that the way developers generate money for infrastructure, such as roads and green areas, is more transparent, enabling residents to see “every step taken” to make an area ready for building on.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP says that the previous rules are confusing and “unnecessarily over-complicated”.

Councils will now be required to detail how they intend to partner with developers in creating new housing.

Developers were charged £6bn in contributions between 2016 and 2017. However, councils previously did not have to report on the total funding it had received or how it was spent, according to the government.

Further changes include restrictions being eased in order to allow councils to fund single, larger infrastructure projects.

Malthouse continues: “Communities deserve to know whether their council is fighting their corner with developers – getting more cash to local services so they can cope with the new homes built.

“The reforms not only ensure developers and councils do not shirk their responsibilities, allowing residents to hold them to account – but also free up councillors to fund bigger and more complicated projects over the line.

“The certainty and less needless complexity will lead to quicker decisions, – just another way we are succeeding in meeting our ambition of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”

What will be the DIY jobs of the future?

As our homes become ever-more futuristic and complex, so will the repairs and maintenance needed to keep them running smoothly and with consumer need for a tradesperson around the house already evolving, what could the future hold?

The trade sector can be a tough one with an estimated 2.5m workers all vying for your home improvement and servicing needs.

Tradespeople comparison site, HaMuch.com, has looked at some of the DIY jobs of the future that could soon become the norm for a tradesperson call out.

Smart vehicle maintenance

Electric cars are becoming more commonplace and while we are yet to see a futuristic style hovercar, this latest wave of auto tech requires additional maintenance to the traditional car. While the car itself still needs mechanic maintenance there is also the matter of the charing and programming points. While these are largely found in public areas, it’s thought they will soon be fitted in every home and will require someone to keep them in tip-top shape when they are.

Heat absorbent plaster and odour absorbing paint

Paint and plaster is a purely aesthetic job for the tradesperson of today but this might not be the case in the future. Heat absorbent plaster will hold heat to distribute during the colder nights thus saving on energy bills, while odour absorbing paint will be used in kitchens, toilets and utility rooms to keep bad smells at bay and reduce the use of aerosol-based sprays. Having a trained tradesperson to apply these properly will be vital for success.

Self-cleaning surfaces

While we wouldn’t get a tradesperson round to clean our kitchen surfaces today, they may be required to service the self-cleaning surfaces, floors and windows of the house of the future.

Intelligent homes and smart appliances

At the moment we have Alexa but soon our homes could be run by integrated smart technology that does everything from cooking the dinner to locking the doors for us. If we are going to place such trust in this automated integrated way of life, it’s vital that our home assistant is actually cooking the dinner and locking the doors to avoid food poisoning or encouraging a break-in. This presents a major DIY job of the future for those that keep on top of this tech and are trained to maintain it.

Sustainable energy

With sustainability already a hot topic, the home of the future will no doubt focus more on sustainable energy including everything from mini wind turbines to solar panels and geothermal heat pumps. It is also thought there will be energy harvesting floors that when walked on can generate their own energy. However, all of these will require installation, maintenance and servicing to keep them in good order providing an opportunity for the tradesperson of the future.

Automated robots

These are already starting to enter the household through the development of pre-programmed hoovers but with technology advancing every day, we could soon see self-sufficient robots become more commonplace and carrying out all sorts of jobs from cleaning to cooking to walking the dog. While they may also take over some of the more basic tradesperson jobs they will still need a qualified professional to keep them in top shape.

Facial recognition and home security

There are already a wide array of fancy additional security measures above and beyond the lock and key. Smart doorbells are one such advancement that are becoming more commonplace in the average home as well as CCTV, where once only the rich could afford them. It’s thought these will advance further to take over the function of the simple door key and only allow verified people to enter your home via facial recognition software. However, should they go wrong, you will still need to call out a professional locksmith to remedy the issue, but rather than changing a lock they will be rebooting your facial recognition tech.

The 3D printer

3D printers are quickly becoming a go-to piece of technology and their ability to print almost any design is remarkable. The home of the future could well see one come as standard and rather than call out a tradesperson to complete a job, you could simply print the tools or any other household item yourself and get going. But again, they will need a professional to keep them in working order and this would be yet another job for the tradesperson of the future.

Tarquin Purdie, Founder and CEO of HaMuch.com, commented: “The way we live is changing and while today’s trade callouts focus on hands-on jobs for trained professionals, this might not be the case in years to come. With technology doing more and more of the heavy lifting and products and appliances lasting for longer, we could see the tradesperson jobs of today vanish as more integration and greater advancements in household technology take over.

However, change always presents an opportunity and while the house of the future may not need a painter, plumber or heating engineer, it will most certainly need trained professionals to ensure these latest advancements in technology are working as they should be.”


Where is demand currently highest for tenant garden space?

Decent outdoor space has always been close to the top of a tenant's wish list, but with the nation currently on lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the great British garden has suddenly become a hot commodity for the nation’s tenants looking to spend time out of the houseNewly released research by tradesperson comparison site, HaMuch.com, has revealed that this demand for a garden rental home is at its highest in Bristol, Nottingham and London.

HaMuch.com looked at the percentage of homes listed to let across the UK’s major cities that advertise garden space. HaMuch then looked at what proportion of these total listings had already been snapped up by tenants to reveal which are the hottest spots for garden buy-to-lets.

UK Cities

The research shows that at 47%, Bristol is the UK city with the highest demand for a garden buy-to-let rental property, followed by Nottingham (40%) and London (39%). Cambridge also ranked high with demand for a rental property with a garden at 33%, along with Plymouth (33%), Portsmouth (31%), Leicester (30%), Bournemouth (29%), Newport (24%) and Manchester (22%).


In London, Lewisham is home to the highest level of tenant demand for a garden rental at 53%. Havering 46%, Bromley (44%), Bexley (43%) and Waltham Forest (39%) are also amongst the most in-demand for a garden.

Tarquin Purdie, Founder and CEO of HaMuch.com, commented: “Garden space has always been a sought after feature whether you’re buying or renting but with current Government restrictions on movement, a garden rental has just become a lot more in demand; particularly now the weather is improving.

"It’s important that in these tough times, landlords continue to see a return from their buy-to-let investment and now is as good a time as any to be letting your home. If it happens to have a garden, this could help you secure a better level of rent, with more tenant demand and lower void periods.

"Of course, an outdoor space alone won’t do the trick and so it’s well worth investing some money to have a professional transform your garden into an area your tenants will want to spend time. This might cost a bit now, but will be well worth it in the long-run and can mean the difference between below and above-average rental returns.”


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