North West’s Largest Independent Estate Agent

Guide to Finding a Property

1. Choosing an Area to Live

The North West is one of the most exciting places to live in the UK with its sprawling coastline and perfect fusion of cosmopolitan and country living; big enough to feel like it's somewhere important but small enough to feel a sense of belonging to your community. 

Choosing a place to live is tough when there is so much on offer, so we thought that we would help you along the way. Explore our amazing Area Guides detailing bars, restaurants, schools and the persona of each area. 
The Best Areas to Live in Merseyside

Three of the Best Areas to Live in the North West


A soulful city blessed with beauty and benevolence, Liverpool is a fantastic place to rent especially for city-slickers who enjoy the rhythmic beating of its cosmopolitan heart. For would-be residents, Liverpool's diverse landscape means that the world is your oyster in this iconic city. 

Explore Liverpool's Area Guides


The stunning Wirral Peninsula is one of Merseyside's hidden gems but its placid character shouldn't be mistaken for an uninspiring area. With breathtaking views across the Irish Sea and Welsh Hills, the peninsula offers a fantastic lifestyle for those who enjoy the outdoors and quieter life. 

Explore Wirral's Area Guides


Carved by its Victorian ancestors, Southport's landscape is a picture-perfect scene of suburban bliss and whimsical wonder. With award-winning beaches and stunning public parks, Southport may be known as a seaside resort to tourists but for potential residents, it's a wonderful place to call home. 

Explore Southport's Area Guides

What Happens Next?

2. Viewing Properties

When looking to rent out a property, we always advise viewing a few different properties to truly understand exactly what it is that you want. Our team will always be on-hand to push you in the right direction, by registering as an applicant, you will be informed of any property matches as soon as they come on the market. 

If you are happy with a property that you have seen, then put in an offer as soon as you are able to, in this climate, it's a competitive market and the sooner you can make an offer, the better! 
Explore Rental Properties in Merseyside

3. References & Credit Checks

Along with contacting your chosen persons to ask for a reference, we will also perform credit checks to assess your affordability to rent. Using documents provided by yourself, we will perform a Right to Rent check to ensure that you are legally able to rent a property in the UK.

Should your references be successful, you will be contacted by Homeshift, a fantastic service aimed to provide all your utilities from one place. They offer competitive prices for the likes of internet, energy and water bills.

Once your offer has been accepted by the Landlord, Terms and Conditions have been signed and completed, you will be required to pay a holding fee. From the date that the holding deposit is paid, you have 15 calendar days for the referencing process and Right to Rent checks to be successfully concluded. During this period, TVG Lettings will not promote the rental property to other prospective Tenants.

Tenant Fees

Discover our Tenant Fees...

4. Prior to Moving In...

You will be required to pay one month's rent in advance minus the holding deposit already held on account along with a Dilapidation Deposit equivalent to one month's rent. 

The Tenancy Agreement and all supporting documents should each be signed by all Tenants and Guarantors (if applicable) and must be done on or before the start date of the Tenancy. You will then be sent an electronic copy of an Inventory Report which itemises the general condition of the property prior to your occupation. You must review this to ensure it is a true reflection of the condition, if not, Tenants should query this in writing via email within 7 working days of receipt. 

Alternatively, if the Landlord has produced their own report or used another third-party provider it will be the Landlord's responsibility to provide you with a copy of this report.

Things to Remember

Register for Council Tax

As a Tenant, you are responsible for registering for Council Tax unless you live in a HMO and then the Landlord will pay. 

Change of Address

Make sure you notify people of your change of address. The Royal Mail has a Redirection Service to forward all mail to your new address. 

Register for Electoral Role

Politics may not be the first thing on your mind when you're moving into your new home but it's important to register! 

What Else TVG Lettings Can Help With?

Income Protection Insurance

If you were unable to work because you were ill or injured, how would you pay your rent? Income Protection Insurance works by paying a percentage of your gross salary to you in monthly instalments to help provide financial support during periods of illness or injury. This type of insurance is designed for both renters and homeowners, employees and the self-employed. 
Protecting Your Home with Income Protection Insurance

Contents Insurance

As a Tenant, you can relax in knowing that your Landlord will take care of any issues that go wrong with the building, but what about your own belongings? Contents Insurance is designed to provide cover if your own belongings such as furnishings, clothes, jewellery and electricals were damaged due to theft, floods and accidental damage, amongst other causes. 
Protecting the Things That Matter Most

Jargon Buster

Too many terms, so little time? Whether you are an Accidental Landlord or just want to refresh your memory, our Jargon Buster is designed to help you familiarise yourself with the language of property.
Lettings Jargon Buster

Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. 

This firm usually charges a fee for mortgage advice. The amount of the fee will depend upon your circumstances and will be discussed and agreed with you at the earliest opportunity.ussed and agreed with you at the earliest opportunity.

BFL Estate Agents Ltd t/a TVG Lettings introduces to Home Legal Services Liverpool LLP t/a Right Click Finance for the provision of mortgage and non-investment insurance advice. Home Legal Services Liverpool LLP t/a  Right Click Finance is an appointed representative of Primis Mortgage Network.  Primis Mortgage Network is a trading name of First Complete Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate some forms of Buy to Let Mortgage.