Oscar Knight
Oscar Knight

020 3909 0888

property@oscarknight.co.uk

Read Our Testimonials

"I chose Oscar Knight because it had a professional looking approach, and honesty while appraising my property, rather than the promise of unrealistic returns.

Like most people, I had no faith in the industry due to a variant of negative experiences and reputations garnered over the years, both as a landlord (I have had my fair share of agents wrongly advising me for their own gains, bad tenants, unreasonable fees, hidden charges, poor property management and below par service) and as a tenant (I suffered unjustified fees, lack of urgency in dealing with matters, unfair charges, basically unscrupulous behaviour).

However Oscar Knight changed a lot of that by offering transparency in their business, showing patience and a genuine care for the client, which I feel will transcend to dealing with the tenant and my properties. A truly a well-rounded service. Oscar knight is one of the few positive lights in an ocean full of sharks, and it’s a rare thing to find a business, any business, that sticks with age old values and good business ethics, no matter what the norm and environment dictates.

I find working with Oscar knight a breath of fresh because here you have an agent that meshes the line of patience and effectiveness seamlessly, meaning no rush was made to find me just any old tenant in order to take the fees and run (such is my many previous experience ) but yet they work to a very efficient and effective time frame where my property is not left empty for a prolonged period of time (as we all know is every landlord’s nightmare scenario), and yet they have found me ideal tenants every time.

I would recommend Dean as someone who has a can-do attitude, very efficient, reliable and effective in his role. The work done on numerous occasions are both above and beyond expectations with the minimum of fuss."



"Having used another agent in Wimbledon, who were completely hopeless, we had a deep mistrust of all agents – all seeming to have inexperienced staff who don’t keep to their promises, we were on the brink of not instructing another agent.

But then we found Oscar Knight who, on the other hand, have integrity, efficiency and experience – and do what they say! Dean and Clea have been especially good. They know what types of tenants we were looking for and handle everything very smoothly. "


"Based on the experience so far I feel that I can trust and rely on Oscar Knight. Dean and the team are friendly bunch have always gone above and beyond compared to other agents I have used in the past. "

"Renting out flats can be a stressful experience and can be time consuming but Oscar Knight made it so much easier right from the beginning of the process. Dean would go out of his way to find the right, professional tenants who were often long term renters, which is exactly what a landlord is looking for. He was always truthful with the rental rates that could be achieved, instead of making up inflated figures just to attract clients, he would be honest enough to say if he didn't think the rental market was strong at the time. Likewise, he also secured many great rental contracts that outperformed the competition. Not only did Dean manage to attract the right type of renter, he also followed up the letting service with second-to-none management. Always on hand to deal with even the most petty of tenant or dreaded accountant year-end queries, at all hours. You will not find a more client dedicated agency than Dean and his team."

"We already use a number of Letting Agents to service a portfolio across Southern England, but I had no hesitation as they came well recommended. We too have found Oscar Knight to be at the top end and are very happy with the services that they provide, being professional and knowledgeable about the intricacies of the subject of property. The staff are personable but efficient. Overall, very thorough and comprehensive."



I have seen that using Oscar Knight, the expense in using their excellent services as a managing agent removes much of the administration in being a landlord, taking the weight off my shoulders considerably.

They are always professional, willing to resolve problems speedily and their pro-active in thinking ahead. Communication is excellent during problem resolution. They have always sourced long-term tenants with good backgrounds, always paying on time, and keeping the property in a good state. Their service is good value for money, providing excellent professional management of my property.



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Letting Fee Information

Tenant Fees & Charges

There are various fees and charges associated with renting a property that you should be aware of when considering making an offer on a property available through us; some are mandatory and some are possible additional fees. They are as follows:

Property Reservation

We ask for a property reservation payment of £500 before we put forward any offer to the landlord as confirmation of your intent to proceed with the proposed tenancy. This will ensure that no other applicant of Oscar Knight Agents will be shown the property (although bear in mind that landlords sometimes instruct other agents, over whom we of course have no control). Should the Landlord decide not to proceed with the tenancy, the payment will be refunded IN FULL unless the Landlords decision is as a result of you failing the referencing procedure (see reference charges below) or by you attempting to alter the initial terms of the proposed contract. The property reservation payment is non-refundable in any part for any other reason. Payment of this sum does not constitute the granting of a tenancy


Security Deposit

A security deposit equivalent to 6 weeks' rent (8 weeks if you are a student) must be paid in cleared funds when you sign the tenancy agreement and is held by the landlord or Oscar Knight Estate Agents as Stakeholder for the duration of the tenancy in accordance with the terms of the tenancy agreement.


Admin Fees

Oscar Knight will typically charge a one off tenancy administration fee of £350 inclusive of vat on a per property basis at tenancy start. This fee covers the cost of drawing up a legally binding contract for the tenancy aswell as the costs associated with referencing each applicant inclusive of checking credit status, current employer, current or past landlords, and taking into account any other information to help assess the affordability of a tenancy application. It also covers the cost of conducting a check-in at tenancy start.


References

You are responsible for any administration charges levied by your own bank in relation to obtaining a reference

Should you fail reference checks the £500 property reservation payment shall be refunded less a referencing charge of £99.00 inclusive of vat per tenant applicant and or guarantor.

A reference may be requested by a tenant at any time. The cost for this service is £24 inclusive of VAT per reference and is payable upon request.


Renewals

You will be contacted approximately 90 days in advance of the tenancy end date to ascertain if you wish to extend your tenancy or to confirm the date you will be vacating the property. If the tenancy is renewed, no fee is payable by the tenant to cover our administration for this.


Change of occupancy

In the event that one or more tenant(s) wishes to be replaced during the tenancy, consent will need to be obtained by the landlord first. It is usual practice that the landlord will require a suitable replacement tenant to be found prior to allowing the tenant(s) to be released from the obligations of the tenancy. The replacement tenant will need to provide suitable references and take over the tenancy from a relevant date i.e. the rent due date. The exiting tenant will need to 'surrender' the tenancy and upon receipt of written landlord consent Oscar Knight will draw up a new tenancy agreement for signature by the new tenant along with all the remaining parties. The deposit and check-in for the original tenancy will apply to the new tenancy. An administration fee of £120 inclusive of VAT will be charged for this.


Change of identity

Upon receipt of written landlord consent Oscar Knight will draw up a new tenancy agreement for signature by all parties. An administration fee of £84 inclusive of VAT will be charged for this.


Arrears

An administration fee of £54 inclusive of VAT will be charged for each letter sent by Oscar Knight regarding late or non-payment of rent for administration charges.

Should any fees or charges remain outstanding at the end of the tenancy, Oscar Knight will deduct the total amount due from the security deposit.


Debit/Credit Card Payments

There are no charges for payments made to Oscar Knight via EU debit card or EU Credit card.


Stamp Duty Land Tax

This tax is payable on tenancies where the rent exceeds £125,000. Please contact HMRC for further information.


Amendments

Oscar Knight reserves the right to change the schedule of fees and these terms of business upon providing reasonable notice in writing.