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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.
Get in touch with your local letting agent team who will be happy to help.
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.
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 Letting Agents 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 months rent or 5 weeks rent. Or take out a Zero DepositGuarantee
- Pay one month’s rent in advance
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 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.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US
I could not be happier with the service provided by Oakfield. They have been very professional and very efficient. Everyone I came across from the company were ever so helpful and easy to talk to. Very pleased with the process. I'm very grateful for their service, Thank you.
Having decided that we don't want to buy another home in the UK, we have been renting in the private sector for five or six years. We have used a few agents in Brighton, but they really were terrible. They never do the work, always raise the rents six-monthly and operate purely for the landlords. Since being in St Leonards, we have lived in a property managed by Oakfield. I really cannot praise them enough. If you have an issue, you just upload the query and the job gets done. They are friendly, professional, helpful and really looking to ensure you are comfortable in your home. I would not hesitate to give them 5 Stars. Such nice people to deal with.
Always had such good service from staff, when I have gone to office or on the phone. But Hannah has been amazing. Not only has she helped with the selling of my property, she has been a great listener and always supported me. Thank you so much Hannah.
I could not be happier with the service provided by Daniel Rains of Oakfield. He was very professional and efficient. He was knowledgeable about the property I viewed and had a pleasant disposition. I am extremely pleased with his efficiency and everything went very smoothly. Thank you, Daniel.
Lucy White, What a lovely person to deal with indeed. So profession, warm and welcoming, on time for the appointment, straight to the point with all the necessary information at hand and a great listener which was important. No time wasted and introduced us to our new home instantly. I would firmly recommend Lucy White and the Team at Oakfield Estate Agents Bexhill Branch, documents, emails and contracts done without any hesitation and the entire process was stress free. Thank you so much to you all.
Charlotte has been brilliant, she is very professional and easy to work with. Very approachable and helpful. Charlotte's team have also been quick to respond and efficient. Keep up the good work!
My partner and I have just moved into our new property and I must say how quick and easy the transition to our new home has been. Casey was absolutely amazing and she is a wonderful member of the Oakfield team. She answered any queries and concerns that we had and was extremely efficient in all areas.
I would definitely recommend Oakfield as an estate agents if you are looking for a swift and effortless experience in finding a new home.
We contacted over 15 different agents in our search for a new home in the East Sussex area and Casey Freeman at the Eastbourne branch of Oakfield was one of the friendliest, most helpful and efficient individuals that we encountered. She was punctual for viewings, kept us up-to-date throughout the application process and answered all of our questions (there were quite a few!) We would definitely recommend her to future clients and can't wait to move into our new home next month!
Was looked after by the amazing Lauren when viewing a few properties and she gave me some excellent advice when getting down to eliminating several properties due to my needs and requirements. All in all she was incredible and I couldn't of made my decision without you! Thanks again!! I would recommend this estate agent to anyone, and please use Lauren, she is the best.
Lauren and the Oakfields team were amazing from start to finish. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
I’ve moved quite a lot of times in my life and Oakfields have been the best estate agent I’ve ever used. Professional, diligent, client focused - couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Phil Hall and team from Bexhill branch were fantastic. Helped my elderly mother sell her flat with the minimum of fuss. Very helpful in all aspect, above and beyond. We couldn't have done it without them. Restored my faith in estate agents.
Very professional and enthusiastic staff, special thanks to Charles Johnson for going the extra mile. I would certainly recommend Oakfield and would have no hesitation in using this agency again should the need arise.