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

Mark Howell
Group Lettings Manager
01903 213111

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James Catlin
Lettings Manager
01903 213 111

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George Waring
Lettings Manager
01903 213 111

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Beky Potter
Lettings Negotiator
01903 213 111

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Jake Saunders
Lettings Negotiator
01903 213 111

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Harry Moreland
Lettings Apprentice
01903 213 111

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Rebecca Jones
Team Leader - Tenancy Progressor
01903 213 111

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Lisa Holden
Tenancy Progressor
01903 756 688

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    Moving house for me is the worst experience in the world!! The team at Michael Jones were excellent and made the whole process as painless as possible. Even through the current global situation, endless restrictions in place, the process … More from start to finish was faultless, nothing was to much trouble for the team. I’d like to say a personal thanks to Lisa Holden, who was brilliant throughout, nothing was to much trouble for her, she even managed to bring my move in date forward when I asked at the very last minute! So thanks for everything 😁