How do I view a Greenford Quay apartment?
Following the latest Covid-19 guidelines from the government, and subject to stringent social distancing measures, we are open for in-person tours, by appointment only. Appointments will take place between 11 am and 3 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, to limit non-essential travel during busy traffic periods. Tours will be limited to up to two members of the same household at a time. All of our team members are required to wear masks and gloves during the tour. You will also need to bring a mask and should not attend the viewing if you are displaying any symptom of illness. We are maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness in our show apartments and amenity areas.
Do I need to bring anything to the viewing?
Due to the UK Right to Rent policy, we are required to obtain and check all original identification of non-EU tenant(s) that to show that they are legally allowed to live in the UK. These documents are normally checked prior to your move-in, so please be prepared to show your identification to our team member. Documents must be obtained and checked for all tenants wishing to live in the apartment; if a tenant is not present at a viewing or virtual viewing, a copy of the document must be sent via email to the Greenford Quay team, who will then be required to see the tenant and check the document via Skype or FaceTime before agreeing to the contract. Documents will also need to be verified in person upon arrival for move-in.
How do I reserve an apartment?
Once you have chosen your new apartment, we ask that you complete the reservation & rental criteria forms which are then checked by the leasing team and once agreed a reservation payment of either £200 (for studio & 1 bedroom apartments) or £400 (for 2 & 3 bedroom apartments) is required to secure the apartment and start the referencing process (this amount will then be applied to your first month’s rent).
Please note, the reservation payment is refundable if you make your decision based on a virtual viewing and later change your mind within 24 hours of attending an in-person viewing.
Tenant Referencing Checks
Once your reservation payment & completed documents have been received by the leasing team, you will be required to go through a referencing process, carried out by our third-party reference company who will carry out the assessment of your eligibility to enter into a tenancy agreement. The process time is mainly dependent on your ability to complete the online application form, and on your referees’ availability. However, this usually takes approximately 3-7 business days.
Please note, the household income must be at least 2.66 times the annual rent of the apartment (before any discount or concessions are given)
Deposit and Payments
Once all applicants have passed their referencing checks, you will be sent a rental schedule showing what rent is due prior and during your tenancy.
What is your cancellation policy?
We consider an apartment cancelled only after receipt of written notice. Written cancellation received within 72 hours from securing the apartment is accepted with a refund of your reservation payment, depending on the progression of the referencing process. Any cancellation received after 72 hours, however, will not receive refunds.
What is the minimum and maximum length of contract?
Our tenancies are for a fixed term of 12 months, if you require a shorter tenancy speak to the leasing team who can assist on arranging a shorter term tenancy (short term tenancy premiums apply). There will also be options for renewing your lease agreement with us, following the expiration of your Initial Term. The site management team will be happy to discuss your options at the time of a possible renewal.
Do you accept guarantors?
Depending on the results of your referencing and affordability criteria assessment, the option of Guarantors will be available. Further referencing and qualifying criteria will apply.
(Guarantor’s income must 4 times the annual rent).
I am a student, can I rent with Greenford Quay?
All individuals over 18 years of age are welcome to apply to rent one of our apartments. Further qualifying criteria will apply with advance rental payments required.
What fees do you charge and how much is the deposit?
There are no fee charges, just a reservation payment to secure the apartment you have chosen, which goes towards your first rental payment subject to referencing.
The standard security deposit varies on the size of your apartment, which is held with mydeposits for the duration of the tenancy and refundable subject to the condition of your apartment at the end of the tenancy compared to the condition at the beginning of your tenancy. Full inventories are carried out by a 3rd party inventory company at the beginning and the end of the tenancy.
How do I get my deposit back?
We will process your deposit return within 14 working days of the end of your tenncy subject to any deductions.
Do you offer a deposit alternative?
We have teamed up with Flatfair, who offers a simple, safe and affordable alternative to tenancy deposits. Instead of paying a deposit at the start of your tenancy, simply pay Flatfair a one-off, non-refundable membership charge of £350 per household. As Flatfairisn’t an insurance product, tenants simply agree to pay for any valid claims or damages at the end of the tenancy. If you wish to take advantage of this option please visit www.flatfair.co.uk or talk to your property manager for more information.
What method of payments can I use?
Our preferred method of payment is bank transfer. Your Rent payments can be completed via direct debit or standing orders.
Moving In & Moving Out
What is the move-in process?
Once the application process is complete and reference checks passed, your new on-site management team member will get in touch to discuss the tenancy agreement and terms you are about to enter. Once all is agreed and the contract is signed, we will schedule a convenient time to carry out a pre-move in orientation,which will show you how everything works within your apartment and the Building. This will make your move-in day more hassle-free. We will then arrange with you to meet on the day of your move-in to hand over your fobs and help you settle into your new apartment.
Can I change my move-in date?
During times of uncertainty related to the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), we are offering flexible moving dates. This means you can reserve today and pick a move-in date up to 60 days out, with the added flexibility to change it to any day within a 30-day window of your original move-in date (and up to a 90-day window of your reservation date).
What is the notice period for moving out?
We require 2 months’ written notice of your intention to vacate the property at the end of your tenancy. Subject to availability, this notice of intent can be cancelled, and you can continue residing in your apartment for another fixed term by signing a renewal. However, if your apartment has been leased following receipt of your written notice of intent to vacate, we will not be able to receive cancellation. If you wish to move out before the end of your tenancy, an early termination fee may apply.
Do I have to pay for a cleaner when moving out?
At Greenford Quay, we aim for the highest standard of services and quality products. Therefore we ask that to avoid cleaning fees when moving out, our residents maintain their homes in good condition and have the property professionally cleaned at the end of the tenancy. We offer preferential rates in cleaning services, so these will be available for your convenience.
Do I have to pay for an inventory?
No, the cost of the inventory at the beginning of the tenancy and end are covered by us.
If there are any damages to the property picked up by the independent inventory company, you will be asked to cover these charges.
What team will there be on site?
The on-site team at Greenford Quay is the key to making a difference in renting. Our team will be comprised of a Community Manager overlooking the on-site teams in the Block, the Leasing team members will be available to assist with any needs you may have during your leasing journey, Senior Facilities Maintenance supervising the on-site maintenance team and focused on responding to all maintenance needs that you may have in your home. All team members operating under the direction of our General Manager.
Do you accept pets?
Not only do we accept pets, but we have specially designed amenity spaces to accommodate our furry residents. The dog washroom and outdoor spaces are available for all pets and their owners. Weight/breed restrictions may apply. The pet rent cost is £50 per month for a dog and £35 per month for a cat.
What is your CCTV policy?
Our CCTV policy can be found here.
Is there help 24/7?
Our on-site management team is available daily from 8am to 8pm, after which we hand over to our trusted third-party security services who watch the Building overnight. Our on-site team will, however, be available on-call for any emergencies that may arise, such as flooding, fire or power outages or any other major incidents. For more minor maintenance requests, please contact the management team via email or telephone and we will arrange a time that’s convenient for you to look at your request.