Savills lettings agents - advice for tenants on renting property

Costs and charges for tenants

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

We find homes for a variety of tenants, across the UK, most of whom have had very little advice or information on their rights or tenancy law. Our role goes beyond showing you properties. We explain your tenant rights for example, prior to renting. We can do this over the phone, via email or in person, in a number of languages, so contact us and we will be happy to help.

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 or buy 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:

Reference checks per person (by independent specialist) £36 (inc VAT)
Reference checks for a guarantor (by independent specialist) £36 (inc VAT)
Contribution to tenancy agreement £240 (inc VAT)
Inventory check (paid at end of tenancy) Dependent on size of the property
Extension and renewal documentation (paid at renewal) £120 (inc VAT)

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


Jane Cronwright-Brown

Jane Cronwright-Brown

Head of Lettings

+44 (0) 20 7824 9048
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Savills Sloane Street
139 Sloane Street

Theresa Wallace

Theresa Wallace

Head of Lettings Customer Relations

+44 (0) 1732 789 769
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Savills Sevenoaks
74 High Street
TN13 1JR


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