Helping Tenants Secure a Home

Finding a property for rent with homes4u

We have a fantastic selection of property for rent across Manchester and Altrincham. Looking for houses for rent? We have a wide range available from modern town houses to period terraces and suburban family homes. If you are looking for flats to rent? We have something for everyone from studio apartments to penthouse pads, modern new developments to period conversions.

Our friendly and professional Rentals Team have a wealth of experience and are on hand to offer honest advice on every aspect. Arranging viewings couldn’t be easier. Simply add the property you have seen for rent to your viewings list on our website and request viewings online, or call into one of our conveniently located branches for face-to-face help.

Our website is updated throughout the day and in real time, so as soon as we are instructed on a property for rent, it will go live. You can also register for updates on our website and in branches to receive details of new instructions.

If you are new to the area, or want more advice on where to rent in Manchester, our online ‘Area Guides’ give a useful snapshot of the many great places to live in Manchester.

Get social: You can also subscribe to search feeds on our website, to keep you updated as homes become available, as well as share property details that catch your eye via facebook and twitter.

Split the Bills

At homes4u we have partnered with Glide who provide bill sharing services and utilities to make it simpler for shared households and landlords to split the bills, leaving you more time to do the things you love. Glide provide simple monthly bills for gas, electricity, water, broadband and even your TV licence. If you want to know more, talk to one of our home advisors in branch

How to rent checklist

The Department for Communities and Local Government have produced a guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process.

Click to Download How to rent: the checklist for renting in England

What happens when you have found your perfect property for rent?

Step 1 – Reserve your property

  • To reserve your chosen property for four days you, and everyone in your group must:
  • Pay an Set up Fee For details on fees click to download our Tenants information and fees sheet.
  • Pay a deposit, usually the equivalent of five weeks' rent.
  • Complete a Tenancy Application Form (PDF).
  • Provide proof of ID (copy of your passport or driving licence).
  • Provide proof of your Student status (student tenants only).

Step 2 - Paperwork and Payments

  • Once the above is completed, this will then reserve the property for another ten days, within which time you must:
  • Non-student tenants: will need to undergo credit referencing and provide proof that you are in employment, and of your position, hours, contract and wages.
  • Complete a Direct Debit Mandate (managed properties) or a Standing Order Form (let only) for your monthly rent
  • Sign two copies of the Tenancy Agreement.
  • Return appropriate Guarantor Agreement with accompanying ID (If required)
  • Student Tenants: If the property which you are renting is let only and retainers are applicable you will be required to provide two postdated rent cheques for these payable directly to the landlord.
  • Working Tenants: If you fail a credit check (or know that you are likely to), you may be able to still secure a property by providing a Guarantor, and paying £90 for them to undergo checking. Fees will not be refunded for failed checks.
  • Please note that all monies must be cleared funds prior to keys being released.
  • Overseas students and those without Credit History and/or UK Based Guarantors will need to pay all rent in advance

Other useful to know stuff when you’re looking for a Property for rent

  • Rent is usually paid the same day each month for the whole calendar month.
  • With student housing it’s quite common to advertise houses as per person per week (pppw), it’s really per room. So if you want to know the price of the whole house, it’s the pppw figure, multiplied by number of bedrooms, multiplied by 52 (weeks in the year), divided by 12 (months in the year).
  • Utilities (Gas/Electric/Water) are not usually included in the rent, unless specifically advertised as such. You will also be responsible for Council Tax (students can get an exemption certificate), as well as insuring your own possessions (Contents Insurance).
  • When you are viewing a property, it’s worth noting anything you’re not sure or happy about. Often we can negotiate a solution with the owner. Works aren’t guaranteed unless formally agree with the owner.
  • All of the jargon can get a little confusing. We use plain English agreements and there is a handy glossary on our website with some of the common phrases in our rentals section.