It is essential that you carefully take your time to consider who you want to live with, your financial budget for your accommodation and associated costs, and where you would like to live. You must also consider wherether you will definitely be at the University or have the resources to pay for your accommodation as once signed to a property you are then legally bound to the contract and its terms. Please consider all these aspects very carefully before starting your property search.
If and when you are ready to commence your property search you need to come to a definite decision on your group size as without this you won't be able to book any viewings. You will also want to decide what criteria you are looking for in a property. Common points to consider include; the location, the number of bathroom and W.C.s, the rental price and the standard of the accommodation. When you have come to a decision on your group size and search criteria then you can then start your property search. Simply select the properties you are interested in from our website and then either Telephone us on 0114 2660 660, Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the "Viewing Enquiry Form" on our website.
Letting season can get very busy for us so please give us as much advance warning as to your preferred viewing day. Please suggest days and times when all of your group are available, and we will set up a viewing appointment. Its good practice to make sure you see a selection of properties so you can get an idea as to what there is available. In this regard we are happy to show you up to 3 properties per viewing appointment.
One of the Dove Properties team will meet you at a property and show you around and answer any questions you may have. We ask that you do not just go round to the property and knock on the door without an appointment. We like to do professional conducted viewings and make sure our existing tenants have had notice that we are coming. Where possible we prefer to show your whole group around the properties in just one visit so as to minimise disruption to current tenants.
Once you have all decided on a suitable property, in order to reserve it pending contract signing, at least two members of the group will need to pay their non-refundable application fee up front. This will reserve the property for a maximum of 3 working days to allow all deposits & any remaining application fees (if applicable) to be paid, with the contract fully signed by all and all supporting paperwork to be completed. The offer of a contract will be withdrawn after 3 working days if all the necessary requirements have not been carried out in this timeframe. Please note until such time as the second application fee is recieved, we will continue to market the property to other interested parties and will not be able to reserve it for your group.
Properties for the next academic year are available to view from 1st November onwards. We work to normal office hours (weekdays) however there is usually some limited evening and Saturday availability for viewings depending upon viewer availability. Please allow plenty of notice if you require an out of hours viewing as these slots are likely to be be filled quickly.