Moving in Guide & Fees

A quick guide to moving into your new property

At Michael Jones, every one of our tenants is a valued client. We work hard to ensure your property rental experience is as smooth and transparent as possible. To that aim, we have put together the guide below which details some of the information potential tenants will need to provide. Every rental is unique, so the guide is not exhaustive; however, it does answer the main questions regarding tenancy eligibility and can help you prepare for moving into your new home. If you are thinking of renting in Lancing, Worthing, Rustington or surrounding areas, one of our trusted landlords may have exactly the home you are looking for. Whether you are a first-time renter or an experienced tenant, we are here to help.

How is rental affordability calculated?

The monthly gross income of the tenant(s) must equate to two and a half times the monthly rental figure. For example, if the rent is £700 pcm, the gross salary of a tenant must be at least £21,000 per annum (£700 x 2.5 x 12)

What financial and personal information will I need to provide in my application?

Will I require a guarantor?

If your circumstances match any of those listed below, then you will need a guarantor (preferably a homeowner), who is earning three times the annual rent (before tax). Guarantors are required to sign a deed that makes them responsible for any rent, damage or legal fees that are not paid for by the tenants.

What fees will I be expected to pay?

Standard fees

The figure you will pay represents one month’s rent in advance and a deposit. An example of the monies required (based on a rent of £700 pcm) is shown below:

Default fees*

* All figures quoted include VAT.

How long does the application process take?

How will my deposit be protected?

All tenants can be assured that their deposit monies are kept in a ‘ring fenced’ account and protected by the Dispute Service Ltd. A certificate will be issued upon registration of the deposit funds.

Will there be an inventory of the property?

Depending on the service chosen by your Landlord, you will be provided with a full inventory/schedule of condition at the start of your tenancy, outlining the condition of the property and current meter readings.

Meet the Lettings Team

Elise Mackinnon
Lettings Apprentice
01903 213111

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Mark Howell
Group Operations Manager
01903 213111

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James Catlin
Lettings Manager
01903 213 111

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Beky Potter
Senior lettings Negotiator
01903 213 111

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Jake Saunders
Senior Lettings Negotiator
01903 213 111

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Harry Moreland
Lettings Negotiator
01903 213 111

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  • Avatar Jennie Adams ★★★★★ a month ago
    Michael Jones have been absolutely OUTSTANDING! It’s so refreshing to find a letting agent that are really friendly, kind and efficient. I wish all companies were as lovely as these folk. Lisa, Lucy, Becki, Elise and Harry have all been … More so soooo helpful and accommodating in finding us our perfect home. It was all processed quickly and smoothly and Lisa, Lucy and Becki worked hard to make it all happen for us. Thank you so much for all your amazing help! You’re the best!
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    Ruby was very punctual and polite, her inspection was thorough and all Covid-19 protocols were followed without asking. Excellent service.
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    I bought my property and rented it out through Michael Jones, all in the space of a few months whilst living abroad, so I was extremely reliant on consistent communication via email or phone calls. The service was amazing from all of the … More team that I dealt with, who clearly communicated with each other and understood my needs. Very professional, extremely competent and come highly recommended. Thank you all so much, but my special thanks goes to George Waring and Harry Moreland for all of their help and patience.