This page will provide you with all you need to know on the process of applying for a property with Purplebricks, all the way through to collecting the keys to your new home.
Referencing fee per tenant: £118.80 inc. VAT.
Student references fee per tenant: £72 inc. VAT.
Administrative fee for company let: £90 inc. VAT.
Guarantor references fee per tenant: £72 inc. VAT.
Includes the full cost of referencing all of the tenants that will form part of the tenancy and will cover:
Some landlords ask Purplebricks to employ an external inventory company to produce an inventory for their property before the move in. Where this applies, the cost is split between the landlord and tenant.
Inventory documentation will detail the fixtures, fittings and condition of a property prior to the commencement of a tenancy; this will subsequently provide the basis for settlement in a deposit dispute. If an inventory is inadequate or non-existent then a deposit adjudicator is likely to award the deposit to the outgoing tenant, leaving a landlord out of pocket for any dirt or damage that is left behind.
Purplebricks can arrange for an inventory to be compiled at a cost of £90 inc. VAT for 1 to 3 bed properties (In total the cost between the Landlord and Tenant will be £180 inc VAT split between both parties) and £120 inc. VAT for 4+ bed properties (In total for the Landlord and Tenant the cost will be £240 inc VAT) . Please note that London properties will be subject to a variation on these prices.
Please see below details of our procedure regarding the refunding of referencing fees should a tenancy not proceed:
All refunds will be at the discretion of Purplebricks.
At the point of making an offer, you will be asked for a preferred date for the commencement of your tenancy. Please note that we require a minimum of 7 days to complete the administration on a new tenancy. This move in date will not be confirmed until referencing has been completed. We would also advise that no removal services are booked until the time to collect your keys has been agreed.
Should the tenant request this date be changed following the drawing up of tenancy agreements (should the landlord agree), an administration charge of £30 inc. VAT will be payable by the tenant.
Following a successful referencing application, you will be emailed the Tenancy Agreement. Please read this carefully as it is a legally binding document. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We offer initial tenancies of either six or twelve months. At the conclusion of this term, subject to agreement from the landlord, you may be offered another fixed term contract, or the tenancy will roll on a month by month period basis.
We would ask you sign and initial the agreement where applicable via DocuSign within 5 working days of receipt. Once you have moved in, a copy of this agreement will be emailed to you signed by, or on behalf of, the landlord.
By submitting a tenancy application with Purplebricks, you agree to receive a copy of your 'How to Rent Guide' electronically in the form of a PDF. Should you require a hard copy, please inform you dedicated Lettings Coordinator.
You will need to pay a deposit for the property, usually between one and two months' rent. This will be registered in a recognised deposit scheme for the duration of your tenancy. As part of the registration process, we would ask you to read and sign the Prescribed Information via DocuSign within 5 working days of receipt.
Prior to you moving in, you will need to pay the outstanding balances on your account as detailed in your declaration of fees which you will receive following the return of satisfactory references. This will include your first months' rent, deposit and any other fees incurred.
The funds must be cleared at least 5 working days prior to the commencement of your tenancy.
Once payment has been made, your will receive a receipted invoice.
Should your landlord have opted for a 'Tenant Find' service, any subsequent payment made to Purplebricks will be returned to you, minus a £30 inc VAT charge for administration fees. This will be outlined in your final email from Purplebricks' Tenancy Managers titled 'Welcome To Your New Home' as well as your tenancy agreement.
The inclusion of furnishings and appliances within the let should be discussed prior to the signing of agreements. Levels of furnishing vary greatly and no set precedent exists. If you require clarification on what will be included, please contact us at your earliest opportunity. We will ask the landlord to supply a brief list of furnishings at this stage
Purplebricks or the Landlord will not be held liable to supply items that are assumed to be included.
Prior to, or on the day of you moving in you will be supplied with a schedule of condition for the property. We would ask you to check this carefully, amend if necessary, sign where appropriate and return to us within 5 working days.
We will arrange for you to meet either our Local Property Expert, the Landlord or an Inventory Clerk at the property on the day of the commencement of your tenancy. All tenants are required to bring their passport with them to the handover. You will then be provided with all relevant contact information and keys.
Who carries out the referencing?
We use an external, third party company called LegalforLandlords to carry out our referencing process. They will require information from yourself and/or your employer and/or your current landlord/Letting agency to obtain the necessary documentation/evidence to support your application. Please let all parties know to expect communication as this will speed up your application.
How much is tenant referencing?
This is detailed in the 'Making an Offer, Reserving a Property & Fees' section detailed above.
I have paid my reference fee, how do I submit my application?
After paying the fee through the Purplebricks website, our system will allow you, the prospective tenant, to complete the reference application form. We ask this is completed within 24 hours or we may have to place the property back on the market and the reference fee may be lost.
To re-enter the form, simply select the offer tab within ‘myPurplebricks’, and then respond under the accepted offer.
If you are Employed, in support of your application you can provide:
NB. We are unable to accept a verbal reference from a mobile phone number to verify your employment.
If you are Self-Employed, we will require at least one of the below to evidence your earnings:
If you are Retired, we will require:
If you are Unemployed, you will more than likely require a guarantor. However, the following benefits are considered (upon providing evidence of receipt) and may be used to top up other sources of income:
If you are a Student, again you will most likely require a guarantor, however we may also consider:
The affordability criteria for our properties is as follows:
If you are currently residing in rented accommodation you will be required to provide contact details, including email address, of your current and/or previous landlord(s). It may your current Letting agents details that we require – please check who you currently make your rental payments to and provide these details.
A credit history search is conducted through Experian, this looks back over the previous 6 years. This will not hinder your ability to receive credit moving forward and will not show as search on your credit report.
This check ensures that you have the right to live in the UK.
In order to process your application, please provide a photocopy from the below list of acceptable documentation.
If for any reason you are unable to provide one of the above, you must provide 2 of the following documents as evidence.
In all instances, we will require a form of identity and proof of current address that is dated within the last 3 months.
I am paying the rent in advance, do I need to be referenced?
Yes. The agreement which is being entered into is ongoing, it does not automatically end at the conclusion of the initial term. This would then be re- assessed two months before the conclusion of the agreement to see whether you could now pay monthly, or pay in advance again. Additional references may be required at this stage to allow you to pay monthly – this would be at the landlord’s discretion.
I will be paying all of the rent, does my partner/family need to be referenced?
Any individual over the age of 18 should be referenced, whether they are contributing to the rent or not. They will be added to the agreement under a license to live there but hold no responsibility towards the rent. The landlord still has the right to know information such as previous landlord references for people living under a license.
I do not earn 30 times the monthly rent as an annual income alone, however both myself and my partners income combined will equate to this, will I be accepted?
The affordability calculation is done jointly between all tenants that are living in the property and therefore named on the agreement. So long as the joint annual income is greater than 30 times the monthly rent, the affordability check will be passed.
What is a guarantor?
A guarantor is an additional party to the agreement made between the landlord and tenant. They ‘guarantee’ the financial obligations of the tenant under the agreement wholly and indefinitely. They will be asked to sign a separate agreement with the landlord (Deed of Guarantee) and therefore referencing is again needed to complete due diligence. A guarantor must be UK based and all referencing highlighted above, aside from the landlord reference, will be required for the guarantor and a signed copy of the Deed of Guarantee must be provided before the tenancy agreement can be signed by yourself.
What will happen with my references?
Your full reference reports including all details obtained will be sent to the landlord to allow them to make an informed decision as to whether they wish to enter into the tenancy agreement with you.
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