Renting a home from us

Inside one of our housesWe are an independent landlord with a growing portfolio of good-quality housing in the south-east Birmingham and Solihull area. Our philosophy is to provide attractive and comfortable homes at competitive rents and look after our tenants well, building an atmosphere of mutual respect which makes our tenants want to remain with us for a long time.

"It has been a pleasure living at your property and we do appreciate the opportunity and say a big thank you."   - Dammy & Shola, moving on after 4 years with us.
You can see more reviews from our tenants here. (Unfortunately the site that we used to use went out of business, taking all our reviews with it!)

We have two main types of properties that we rent out:
We are careful to meet our legal obligations as landlords: we are registered with the Deposit Protection Scheme, and have appropriate landlord's buildings insurance and, where a property is not owned outright, the lender's permission to let. All our properties have the required Gas Safe certification and have been checked for electrical safety. In addition, we are members of the Guild of Residential Landlords and the National Landlords' Association, and are accredited under the Midlands Landlord Accreditation Scheme (accreditation no. 2288) and the Private Rented Sector Accreditation Scheme. We are quick to respond to tenants' needs and do our utmost to fix any problems as soon as possible (provided that the issues are not the tenant's responsibility).

All prospective tenants are referenced and some are required to provide a home-owning guarantor who will also be referenced. We require all adults living at the property to be named on the tenancy agreement. During hte application process, we also like to visit you in your current home wherever possible. We are registered with Tenant Referencing UK (formerly the Landlord Referencing Service) in order to help us avoid tenants who have caused problems for previous landlords.

Like most residential landlords we use Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), normally for six months, but if we and the tenant are both happy with the arrangement then the agreement will automatically become a Periodic Tenancy at the end of the term. Alternatively, if the tenant requests it then we are happy to grant another AST, of either six or twelve months' duration. We normally take a security deposit equivalent to 5 weeks' rent. We do not levy any charges for inventory, tenancy agreement, AST renewal, etc - the only money we require you to hand over is a £100 holding deposit with your application (which will be deducted from your first month's rent if a tenancy is agreed, and returned if you fail referencing unless the failure is due to you having given false, misleading or incomplete information), the security deposit (which a good tenant will normally receive back at the end of the tenancy) and the monthly rent. For a single let we will carry out a property inspection within the first 2-3 months, another around the 6-month mark, and thereafter normally at intervals of 6 months. In an HMO the communal areas are serviced on a weekly basis and we generally carry out room inspections every 3 months. These inspections are for us to identify any maintenance that needs doing as well as to check that the property is being looked after by the tenant.

We do not normally accept pets but may do so in certain single-let properties, subject to certain conditions including a slightly increased rent (since, from June 2019, the law no longer allows us to take an increased deposit).

Rent to Buy

Occasionally we may offer a tenant the opportunity to rent a home with the option of ultimately buying it. Basically it works like this:
        1. The tenant buys the property, usually by taking out a mortgage for the balance of the price agreed;
        2. The tenant walks away from the purchase (but may still continue as a tenant);
        3. By mutual agreement, the purchase price may be renegotiated, a new option fee paid and the agreement extended.

If you're struggling to save up a deposit or need some time to improve your credit record before applying for a mortgage then a rent-to-buy agreement can give you the chance to do this and put down roots at the same time.

But what's in it for the landlord, you may wonder? Well, a house that makes a good family home doesn't always generate very good rental income relative to its value, so this can be a way of freeing up funds to invest elsewhere without having the expense and security risk of an empty house while waiting for it to sell. For a vendor who has a house that they don't need to sell immediately and don't want to dispose of too cheaply, this is a way for them to get a fair price with rent coming in to cover their costs until the sale goes through. Until the sale completes, the landlord has good tenants who look after the property well and intend to stay there long-term, practically eliminating the costs of maintenance and voids and so maximising the rental income in the meantime.