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Why Rent through Oakfield?

Oakfield are one of the largest and most recognised letting agents in East Sussex and often the first letting agent tenants turn to when the time comes to find a rental property. We offer an extensive choice of houses and flats to rent in Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne to suit all budgets.

Our Marketing Consultants are always well informed about the properties we are marketing as well as the amenities and schools throughout East Sussex.

We are a letting agent with over 20 years experience in the property rental industry, as members of ARLA and the Property Ombudsman, tenants know they are in the best hands when renting a property from us.

 

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INFORMATION FOR TENANTS

Before we can let any of our properties we must ensure that you meet both ours and the Landlords requirements. To do this we carry out referencing and other checks on all our applicants.

Once you have viewed the property you’d like to rent and decided it is the one for you the next step is to place a holding deposit to secure it from the market. All properties are accepted on an ‘as seen’ basis and any issues will need to be brought to the attention of our Negotiator prior to proceeding. The payment of the holding deposit does not constitute a tenancy, or an offer of a tenancy, it is required to show a serious intention to proceed with the renting of the property.

Affordability

Before looking for a property to rent it is important to know your budget for a new property. To rent a property your annual gross income needs to be at least 2.5 times the annual rent, where there is more than one applicant then this would be based on your combined income. For ease we have a rent calculator tool here.

Financial stability

A credit check is carried out on all applicants and where there is a Guarantor they are also credit checked. The purpose of this check is to check for any bankruptcy orders, voluntary arrangements or county court judgements. In the event that you do have any of these or you think you might have adverse credit then advise us of this when you are putting your application forward so we can discuss your options.

Identification and Proof of Address

One of the first checks we have to make is to ensure that all Tenants over the age of 18 have the right to rent in the UK. This is a legal requirement and to make these checks we need to ensure we have a copy of your identification on file and that we have seen the original copy. A full list of the acceptable documents as well as information on right to rent can be found here.

As well as right to rent identification we may also require a document as proof of address, acceptable documents will need to be dated within 90 days and include the following;

  • Council tax bill
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Letter from a Government department

 

References

The Lettings Hub carry out all referencing on behalf of Oakfield we work closely with you and them to ensure that the referencing process is quick and efficient for you.

What references do you need?

Employment reference – if you are employed we will require a reference from your employer confirming your employment along with your salary. In some circumstances we may also require a copy of your contract of employment, we will let you know if we need this but it might be worth ensuring you have this to hand in the event it is needed.

Self-Employment income – For all self-employed applicants we will require a reference from your accountant to confirm your annual income, in the event you do not have an accountant then we would accept your most recent tax return as proof of income. For all Applicants who have been self employed for less than 12 months a Guarantor will be required.

Unemployed – if you are currently not working then you will need to provide proof of income. If your income is made up of benefits then you will need to provide evidence of these payments the benefit income will need to meet our affordability requirements. If your income is made up of savings then we would need 6 months bank statements showing that you have consistently had 2.5 x the annual rent in savings for the past 6 months.

Retired – for all retired applicants we would need evidence that your income from Pensions meets our affordability requirements.

Landlord reference – If you are moving from another rental property or you have rented in the past then we will need a reference from your Landlord, this would need to be your most recent Landlord and confirm the rent has always been paid and the property was looked after.

Our requirements

As well as ensuring you meet our affordability requirements we also ask that our Tenants meet the following criteria;

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Pay a deposit that is typically equal to one months rent or 5 weeks rent. Or take out a Zero Deposit Guarantee
  • Pay one month’s rent in advance

Guarantors

In the event a Guarantor is required, they will be credit checked and referenced the same as our Tenants to ensure that they meet our requirements. We require a Guarantor to be a Homeowner earning at least 2.5 x the annual rent.

Contact us

If you are looking for a house or flat to rent in Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill or throughout East Sussex, get in touch with us today and we will help you find your ideal rental property suited to your requirements.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US

Bibi Lemos

I called 5 estate agents and Charlotte Wilkinson at Oakfield stood out from the rest. From the initial phone call I had an inkling I would be using Oakfield. The day the estate agents came round, she was the only one who took a floor plan and did a virtual viewing video: 2 hours later she called me back with the perfect tenants and they signed the same day. Less than 3 weeks from initial phone call to date tenants moved in. I am a Londoner and she works to High pace London standards. Always at the end of the phone and what’s app, knows her stuff, articulate and very professional. I am glad I am working with Oakfield and Charlotte Wilkinson

Raluca Scorteanu

Alex at Oakfield is absolutely brilliant! After some experiences last year with other agencies, we were not so keen to go ahead renting through an agent. But Alex changed the entire perspective so we are now very happy that we moved forward our application. Thank you Alex! Keep the bar up!

Adele Wilson

Lucy White – today I moved into my first flat. I have never rented before and had so many questions and Lucy was absolutely amazing! She helped me from complete start with finding a property all up to handing me my keys! I have never received such amazing customer service and would 100% recommend her to anyone looking to rent! I honestly can’t thank her and the Oakfield staff enough.

Richard Farrier-Twist

Lucy White – today I moved into my first flat. I have never rented before and had so many questions and Lucy was absolutely amazing! She helped me from complete start with finding a property all up to handing me my keys! I have never received such amazing customer service and would 100% recommend her to anyone looking to rent! I honestly can’t thank her and the Oakfield staff enough.

Nigel Quiney

Originally Oakfield were my second choice of renting agents but after several weeks wasted with another I asked Oakfield to join and the highly efficient Alex took charge. He was not only very efficient, but charming, reliable and always helpful, keeping me abreast of just what was going on. In no time he found my tenants. I highly recommend the Oakfield team and would make them my first choice without doubt.

Mary Durdu

I couldn’t find a property with any agents before i phoned Oakfield and dealt with Josh. He found me a property that was exactly what i wanted and managed to move me in before i started my new job. Brilliant and effective service.

Andrea V E

Sam in particular is charming and knows property well. As opposed to most awful real estate agents within this area I recommend this company.

Peter Aubrey

Danielle is efficient, professional and a good communicator. She has managed my property for the last five years and guided my tenants and myself through the various procedures and monitored the state of my property on a regular basis. The best letting agent I have had acting for me.

Jack Masterman

Service provided was very professional and responsive. I needed a flat ASAP and Ronnie went out of his way to help, incl. showing me a flat out of work hours on a Sunday. Would highly recommend.

Richard Cornelius

Lucy was very quick and efficient. She rung me in the Thursday and by the Wednesday we had the keys. This was so quick if it wasn’t for the weekend it most prob been fine quicker. Highly recommend Oakfield and Lucy as your agent Thank you Lucy .

Josephine Chapman

My husband and I had help from Casey Freeman based at the St Leonards branch we have to say she was amazing help.I would recommend Casey to anyone looking for a property she gave 110% Thank you for all your help.

Joanna Felton

Over the past 11 years, Danielle and Georgia have been both professional and supportive. They have advised me on a number of occasions on my property portfolio and I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend them. The properties I let are in their safe hands and they will always go beyond the call of duty to help.