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Why Rent through Oakfield?
Oakfield are one of the largest and more recognised letting agents in East Sussex and often the first agent tenants turn to when the time comes to find a rental property. We offer an extensive choice of rental property 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.
INFORMATION FOR TENANTS
Before we can let any of our properties Oakfield 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 a property and decided it is the one for you the next step is to place a holding fee 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 fee 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.
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.
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 30 days and include the following;
- Council tax bill
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Credit card statement
- Letter from a Government department
At Oakfield we want the experience of renting a property to be as simple as possible that is why all of our referencing is dealt with by our in-branch Lettings Negotiators so you only have one person to deal with.
What references do we 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 payslips, we will let you know if we need them but it might be worth ensuring you have your last 3 to hand in case they are needed so it doesn’t hold things up for you.
- 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 3 months bank statements as proof of income.
- 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.
We appreciate not everyone will match our requirements exactly, we do consider students, homemakers and unemployed applicants on certain properties however you will require a Guarantor.
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 month’s rent or 6 weeks rent
- Pay one month’s rent in advance
- Pay a set up fee to include your referencing fees. All of our tenant fees can be found here
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. In most circumstances we do not require for a Guarantor to be a homeowner but they do need to be employed have an annual gross income of 3 times the annual rent.
If you are looking for property 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.
Get in touch with your local team who will be happy to help.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US
We have dealt with Oakfield Eastbourne branch over the past 3 years and have received excellent service. We have a property we rent out and all the staff have always been efficient and helpful. We would like to make a special mention of Rebecca Green who is always so polite, cheerful and a pleasure to deal with.
So far my experience with Oakfield has been nothing but successful. Great communication unlike some other letting agents, fair prices, and they work quick and professionally. Shout out to Zoe, what a great representative for the company, she adds to the ongoing great reputation!
Professional and caring! Great first impression! My husband and I are of the generation that believes in great customer service. Dan at Oakfield's was a pleasure to deal with. Polite and caring. He made time to talk to the elderly lady at whose house we went to see. He even made sure to wipe his feet before entering! His 'Sir' and 'Mrs. Affonso' showed great respect. My husband's the type who asks a thousand questions and many of them twice! But Dan never seems irritated and always does his best to answer. It's the little things that count to us and Dan and Oakfield's fits the bill! Great job Dan! Would highly recommend!
Adam & the team have literally been cut above the rest. They did everything they said they would, and then some. I was dealt with by Adam mainly, but the service the others gave in the office was ALSO second-to-none. Truly appreciate the great work you guys did and wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anybody.
Hannah Namvar & Adam Sellers
Had a great experience with Oakfield. Me and my wife had been travelling for 6 month in Australia and New Zealand and had to move fast when we came back to England in regards to a flat. We were living with parents but managed to view a flat with Oakfield, put an application in on the same day and within 5 days we had the keys and began to move our stuff in. Both Hannah and Adam have been really helpful and kept in contact the whole way through and have put our minds at rest. We couldn't believe how easy the process was. We love our new flat and thanks to the Oakfield team in Hastings we have one less thing to worry about. Couldn't recommend them enough!
Moving again with Oakfield, Bexhill this month and yet again the service has been fantastic. Charlotte has been prompt on her responses via email and providing me updates via text messages. She has even responded to me on her days off and …More Moving again with Oakfield, Bexhill this month and yet again the service has been fantastic. Charlotte has been prompt on her responses via email and providing me updates via text messages. She has even responded to me on her days off and make sure I have been contacted by other staff in her absence.
The overall professionalism and quality of work provided by Charlotte and the team is outstanding.
Oakfield's team were fantastic. Everyone most helpful and good advice given. Property was priced sensibly and sold within a week. We weren't in Sussex at completion but all was handled well with no fuss. We cannot speak highly enough of this estate agency, and recommend them unreservedly.y
I live in a large block of flats which has been managed by Oakfield since it was constructed 6 or 7 years ago. The relatively new block has had some extended snagging issues and some niggling day to day issues which have been remedied promptly and effectively. Their annual budget is prepared with care and delivers value for money. The dedicated contact Rachel cannot be faulted, all in all excellent service.
Oakfield has been managing our block of 7 flats for several years now and I have always had professional, prompt and when needed detailed replies to my emails whether I have been writing to Richard, Samantha, Bethany or Rachel. I would certainly be happy to recommend them as managing agents.
We are very pleased with Oakfield's management of our block of five flats. We deal with Richard mainly and find him to be responsive, prompt and efficient in all aspects as well as polite and respectful. Additionally there is very good liaison, on occasions we have made requests or suggestions, these are listened to, discussed fairly and applied. We would not hesitate to recommend them.