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.”

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