All our fees transparent and upfront. Fees may change slightly from time to time to adjust for inflation or other discretionary reasons (Last updated June 2015).
Fees are structured such that there are no unexpected or hidden charges. You will always be informed when an action you take is going to incur a fee. Fees can be added to your rent book (if you are still a tenant) and paid for with your next rent payment.
Many landlords structure their fees such that they make a profit. We structure our fees only to cover our costs and have therefore provided a justification for each of our fees.
Fees and charges relating to your tenancy.
Mandatory contract fees
The £150 contract fee is our only mandatory fee and it covers all aspects of your tenancy with us.
We have included all mandatory costs into this fee; Contract signing, credit check, reference checks, fee for registering your deposit for safe keeping, inventory check-in, inventory check-out, and all of the admin work relating to these processes.
- £150.00 – Contract fee
So you have found another room within Kingdom Houses that you’d like to transfer to.
Unfortunately we still have to do all the work except for references and credit check (the cheapest part of the process), as such reduced fees of £100 are payable. You’ll still need to vacate your old room by 12pm noon (as per the contract) on the day your existing tenancy ends, and will need to pay from the day the room you are transferring becomes available (so there may be an overlap in rent). Depending on circumstances it may not be possible to allow you to transfer such as where we already have many prospects lined up for that specific room. We endeavour to do our best to accommodate your request, however we are unable to do so where it would result in a loss for the company (often this happens when people inform us last minute of their desire to transfer).
Fees and charges which you incur under specific conditions or which relate to a specific request.
References, rent refunds, proof of residence
All administration tasks are charged at £15. You will be provided with three copies of the document where applicable, hand signed. This includes:
- Landlord references
- Proof of residence (Useful to open a bank account)
- Rent refunds – This only relates to rent overpayments, not your deposit refund. For example if you accidentally paid your rent twice and rather than waiting one month you want Kingdom Houses to immediately refund the overpayment, in such a circumstance we need to charge our admin fee. (On the surface a rent refund seems simple but it is really complicated as Kingdom Houses need to run multiple verification checks before we can simply pay money out to a bank account)
- Copy of your contract (Electronic or one paper copy)
End of tenancy check-out charges
So you are moving out, you’ve damaged the room (probably accidentally, but who knows…). Well Kingdom Housese will have to repair that, the next occupant fully expects the room to be perfect! The includes giving it a professional clean, so make sure you clean it like a professional cleaner otherwise you may be on the hook for cleaning fees.
Fees for common repairs, anything falling outside of this will be treat with the standard £35 for the first hour and £20 per hour after. Where multiple items on this list are needed you will be charged at the item rate OR £35 for first hour + £20 per hour after, whichever works out to be cheaper.
Remember Kingdom Houses does not have a monopoly on these repairs. You are welcome and encouraged to arrange your repairs before you vacate so that you are in control of the costs, you migth be able to do it cheaper however most likely not. All Kingdom Houses prices are subsidised, we wouldn’t offer this kind of pricing to someone outside Kingdom Houses as it isn’t profitable.
Painting and/or filler hole in wall
- £70 for first wall
- £30 extra for each wall after
Replace cracked window
- From £150 however as we sub-contract this it will be subject to the actual sub-contractor invoice
- £80 for small room (small double or double room)
- £120 for large room (big double or kingroom)
Shampoo Mattress Cleaning (Using Specialist wet upholstry cleaner)
- Single mattress £40
- Double Mattress £60
- £20 for first hour
- £15 per hour after
Disposing of waste / left stuff
- £50 fixed price for small load (Small load is anything that can fit into a Toyota Yaris)
- £80 + Recycle centre fee for a large load
Replacing a light switch
- £15 + switch cost (Chrome switches can be expensive)
Regarding cleaning: The moment we need to call a cleaner we incur a cost of £20, so even if the room only needs 10 minutes of dusting Kingdom Houses will still need to pay the cleaner £20. As such to avoid all confusion and dramas you need to make sure to clean your room super thoroughly. This means dusting everywhere, wiping every surface down, hoover everything including under the bed, wiping down the skirting, wiping and cleaning the bedroom door on both sides, cleaning the windows etc…