Preparing to rent

Ahead of your property search, getting to grips with this essential information will ensure you’re prepared for a successful application when you find the right house.


It helps to review your finances to work out what deposit and monthly rental level you can afford prior to looking for a property.

Renting with pets

Be open and flexible about your intention to rent with a pet and make sure you can provide your potential landlord with as much information as possible. This could be a pet biog or reference from a previous landlord.

Reassure your landlord by being ready to potentially offer a larger deposit to cover any pet-related damages to the property, as well as having the property professionally cleaned when your lease is up.

Once you have permission to rent with your pet, ensure that the terms are written into your contract to prevent future misunderstandings. 


If you are a student or unemployed you will need a guarantor. You may also require a guarantor should your income fall short of the required figure. To determine this, check that your annual salary is at least 30 times the monthly rent. For example, a rent of £500pcm would require a minimum of £15,000 annual salary. Each guarantor will need to complete an application form and be referenced before a tenancy can be considered. The guarantor will also have to sign the deed of guarantee before the tenancy can proceed.

Advance Payment

An advanced payment of a month’s rent and the security deposit must be paid before the keys can be released. Your initial payment can only be made by banker’s draft or building society cheque.

Tenants Admin Fee

We ask you to pay this fee to cover the administration costs of preparing the tenancy documentation and costs of gaining satisfactory references. The fee is payable at the time of submitting the application. Please contact your local Reeds Rains branch for information relating to charges. Please note that if your application fails or is withdrawn, the cost is non-refundable. Be aware of any other fees that you may be charged when renting.

Discover more rental terminology and useful information in our Rental FAQs.