As a Tenant, finding a property to rent can prove to be difficult! There is usually a shortage of properties coming onto the rental market in the West Somerset area, and for every property that does become available there will be a number of interested parties. This results in properties not being on the market for very long!
We would advise you to start looking at least 4 – 6 weeks prior to wanting to take a property. You may want to consider taking a property prior to actually needing it, this might also help you secure the property, as most Landlords will not want their property to be empty for more than a couple of weeks.
We also advise you that if you are moving into the area, you might want to consider subscribing to the local paper (The West Somerset Free Press). Most of the Letting and Estate Agents advertise in this paper and it will give you a good idea of what properties come onto the market. It will also give you a taster of the way of life in the region.
Within the West Somerset area there are localised differences in rental prices, generally with a premium on Minehead & Alcombe and some of the more popular outlying villages such as Porlock & Dunster. You may also find that rents within certain periods of the year can vary with a premium on Spring & Summer when the area is at its busiest.
Once an applicant has viewed a property and decided that they would like to proceed with a tenancy at an agreed level of rent over a fixed term, and the Landlord and the Agent are both happy in principle with this, then a tentative acceptance of this offer will be subject to the following requirements:
- All referencing forms are returned completed & signed.
At this point and ONLY AT THIS POINT will the property be removed from the market.