costs and charges for tenants

Costs and charges for tenants

We are upfront with our fees and charges so you don't get a nasty shock when you find your perfect home.

The rental process

We may find and rent a property to you within a matter of days, so you need to understand the rental process before finding a private property to rent. To protect both tenant and landlord rights you will have to go through a series of checks, referencing and sign tenancy agreements. We always want you to rent through us, so we don’t just organise viewings; we help you at every stage of the complex rental process, including making and negotiating an offer.

Once you have received the best housing advice on renting, our lettings experts can provide you with a detailed tenant guide, ask for this from your local office.

Costs of renting a home

There are three types of costs you need to budget for when renting a property. The first is the cost of renting a home from a letting agent; the second, the bills you have to pay on top of the rent. The third to budget for is the deposit you will have to pay - usually the equivalent of between 6 to 8 weeks rent. Not all letting agents or landlords will explain costs up front but we believe it is important to be clear from the start.

Our tenant charges

Working with you to find a property that matches your needs is a free service we carry out on behalf of our landlords. Once we have found a home for you to rent, our charges are:


Tenant charges

Fee excl. VAT

Fee inc. VAT

Set up fee (inc 2 tenant references and contribution
to tenancy agreement and tenancy negotiations)
£260 £312
Additional reference checks per tenant
(by independent specialist)
£30 £36
Reference checks for a guarantor
(by independent specialist)
£30 £36
Deposit Usually equivalent to 6-8 weeks rent
Withdrawing from a tenancy To a maximum of £250 per person To a maximum of £300 per person
Extension and renewal documentation
(paid at renewal)
£100 £120
Amendment fee (during tenancy) £100 £120
Change of sharer (inc one tenant reference fee,
and contribution to tenancy agreement)
£230 £276
Call out services £200 maximum plus any actual
costs incurred
£240 maximum plus any actual
costs incurred
Last minute cancellation of prearranged visits £100 per visit £120 per visit
Inventory check out (paid at end of tenancy) Dependent on size of property,
e.g. studio apartment unfurnished
(country) £60; six-bedroom
unfurnished property £485
Dependent on size of property,
e.g. studio apartment unfurnished
(country) £72; six-bedroom
unfurnished property £582
Last minute cancellation or change to inventory appointment £50 £60
Reinstating fixtures and fittings to original
position prior to check-in
£50 per hour £60 per hour
Unpaid rent / returned payments £25 per payment unpaid or
returned + interest on late
paid or unpaid rent 4% plus
base rate
£30 per payment unpaid or


Other bills, over and above your rent, will be explained for each individual property by one of our lettings experts.

View full details and breakdown of tenant fees.


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Key contacts

Theresa Wallace

Theresa Wallace

Head of Lettings Customer Relations

Savills One Church Road

+44 (0) 20 8018 7015


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