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We take good care of our tenants and they take good care of the properties they rent through Sims Williams.

Protecting the interests of tenants and landlords is our top priority and we are members of the government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme and ARLA Propertymark.

The range of rental properties we manage covers everything from one bedroom flats in Chichester city centre, to sprawling six-bedroom manor houses in the West Sussex countryside.

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Finding your perfect rental property

We’ll spend time helping you decide what you need and want from your new rented home.

This includes working out what you can afford and identifying the best location in terms of your work and local schools to suit your lifestyle.

Thing to consider

  • Have you factored in moving costs and your deposit?
  • Do you have any pets moving in with you?
  • How long to do you plan to live in your new home?
  • Are you self-employed? If so, can you provide three years’ accounts
  • Can you provide references and proof of identity?
  • Will you need a guarantor?
Protecting your deposit and interests

At Sims Williams, we are committed to protecting the financial interests of our clients and are members of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

This means we’ll hold your deposit in a special, legally protected account for the duration of your tenancy.

The vast majority of our tenants have their full deposit returned at the end of a tenancy.

As members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), we abide by the highest possible standards of tenant and landlord care, service and protection.

How does the tenancy application process work?

If you want to register with Sims Williams or have already seen a rental property you like, here’s how we’ll help you move into your new home.
We’ll arrange for you to visit your nearest Sims Williams lettings office (safely, of course), or arrange a telephone interview with a member of our team.
You will need to provide: –

  • Proof of Identity and Right to Rent – this could be a passport and visa if requested, or a birth certificate and driving licence
  • A utility bill from the last three months with your current address
  • References (if requested), from current and previous landlords
  • Information about your income and employment
  • Details of your credit history

Once you have met the above criteria and paid the Reservation Fee, you will be asked to complete and return an Application Form.

Once you have paid the Fee and your references have been accepted, we will agree a moving in date. This must be within 28 days of paying the initial reservation fee.

On the agreed moving date, you will be asked to pay the outstanding costs (including the deposit and first month’s rent) by bank transfer or debit card.

Your deposit will be moved to a separate bank account and your reservation fee will be used towards your first month’s rent.

Our Fees and Deposits

Moving in fees

Based on a property with a rental value of £700 per calendar month, here is what you would need to pay before you move in.

  • First month’s rent = £700
  • Deposit = £807 which is the equivalent of five weeks’ rent
  • Reservation fee = £161 which is the equivalent of one weeks’ rent. The reservation fee is paid when you take the property and is non-refundable if (i) you decide to withdraw at a later stage, (ii) you provide any false or misleading information or (iii) you fail the Right to Rent checks. If all goes well, this payment will be used towards the rent when your tenancy starts.

Default fees (including VAT)

  • To replace a lost key = £20.00
  • If you lose a security device, e.g. garage door remote control = The reasonable cost of replacing with the same
  • If you fail to pay rent on the due date (calculated after 14 days) = You rent payment will include an extra 3% above Bank of England rate
  • Amendments and changes to the initial tenancy agreement = £50.00
  • Court Fees = Will be charged at scale rate
  • Early Termination (Tenant’s Request) Should the tenant wish to leave their contract early, they shall be liable to the landlord’s costs in re-letting the property as well as all rent due under the tenancy until the start date of the replacement tenancy. These costs will be no more than the maximum amount of rent outstanding on the tenancy.

Why Sims Williams?

We are independent estate agents and we’ve been selling and renting property for 40 years. Our highly-experienced and qualified team have exceptional local knowledge and over 300 years of combined property experience. We provide a professional and friendly personal service alongside modern and traditional marketing techniques to get the very best for our customers.

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Over 98% of our customers would recommend us to their friends and family

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98.3% of our customers rated our service as better than other estate agents

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We’re independent local estate agents with 40 years experience

Our Lettings Team

David
Vawdrey

MARLA

Senior Branch Manager

01243 836055

About David…

David has extensive experience of the sales and lettings industry and worked in Surrey and Hampshire before coming to work in Sussex for Sims Williams. “Over the years, I have gained valuable experience in all aspects of estate agency, including start-ups and I am a qualified member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA),” says David. In his spare time, David likes playing tennis and squash and has a wife and two daughters who are both at university.

Jo
Mallett

MARLA

Lettings Branch Manager

01243 836055

About Jo…

Having started working in the industry in 2008 for a corporate company as a file progressor and moving forward to a negotiator position I have worked in many aspects of the industry from valuing properties to dealing with maintenance issues. I joined Sims Williams in 2014 and thoroughly enjoy my role within the office from matching applicants to their ideal property or meeting Landlords to advise them on renting out their property to take them to the next stage in their life. I live by the sea which I love and during my spare time I partake in Pilates and am an avid baker.

About Nikki…

Having first started working in Estate Agency in 1984, Nikki now enjoys the day to day challenges presented in our Property Management centre, where she is responsible for the smooth management for our tenanted properties. Being the first point of call for many of our landlords, tenants and contractors, Nikki knows the importance of how good communication is key in keeping all parties informed. In her spare time Nikki enjoys time on the golf course and is a member of Cowdray Park Golf Club.

About Nicola…

When it comes to property management, there aren’t many people with as much experience as Nicola. Having started working in the Lettings business in 2001 in Felpham, Nicola has recently joined Sims Williams Lettings brings with her a wealth of experience. She takes great pride on the level of service she provides to Landlords and Tenants alike. Nicola takes a keen interest in the ever changing legislation relating to the lettings market and ensures that Landlords and Tenants are kept up to date. She lives in Chichester and as well as a passion for property, her hobbies include cycling and walking.

Pam
Bunting

MNAEA

Photographer/Marketing Consultant

01243 836055

About Pam…

After working for a firm of local solicitors in their conveyancing department, Pam joined the Sims Williams Walberton team in February 2000. Having lived locally for many years, Pam has a detailed knowledge and genuine fondness for the local area. Pam says, “Working as part of a great team, my role is diverse and interesting. We take the time to really get to know our customers and it’s great meeting so many interesting, friendly people.” Pam is involved in all aspects of the sales process, from photographing and measuring properties before they go on the market, to accompanying clients to viewings and negotiating the sale.

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What our clients say

Thank you to Sims Williams!

We love Sims Williams! As very happy tenants of a property in Arundel, we would like to pass on our thanks to Jo and team at Sims Williams Chichester. Jo is absolutely fab- making the rental process such a breeze and all steps a very relaxing experience. Thanks again! Marina and Edward x
Marina and Edward - Tenant - Jan 21st, 2023

Swift Dealings

Good experience, swift response and support when I needed landlord to reconsider decision. Happy with the service would fully recommend.
Claire - Tenant - Apr 26th, 2021

Amazing - 5*

The staff at Sims Williams have been beyond kind and helpful. It’s been a pleasure to deal with them. Thank you.
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AMAZING SERVICE

First time using their services amazing ! The whole process has gone really well.
Emmanuel - Tenant - Jan 14th, 2020

Great service

I found Sims Williams to be an excellent company, providing a great service in a friendly manner making me feel very comfortable that everything was being done to get me exactly what I required.
Alan - Tenant - Feb 24th, 2022

Letting a property

We dealt with Jo Mallett who was extremely professional, courteous and understating. We did not have time to collect the keys from the Chichester office so Jo drove to Arundel. I’d give your company a five star review
Laura - Tenant - May 1st, 2022

Excellent Service

Myself and my partner were dealt with Jo and David at the Chichester branch and were beyond grateful for there help. They were very friendly and answered all questions and concerns that we may have had. There services were impeccable and we are now settled in our new home. We couldn't be more pleased.
Bethany - Tenant - Apr 26th, 2021

Wonderful & very helpful Agency

Wonderful service which has led me step by step to completing house agreement. Special thanks to Jo for all the professional help provided.
Ilona - Tenant - Jan 21st, 2023

Efficient and friendly service

We have used Sims Williams for many years as letting agents for our rental property. Jo is extremely knowledgeable and provides and very efficient service.
Debbie - Landlord - Jun 12th, 2023

Stress Free and easy to deal with

I found a property online and viewed the same day and the following day. Nothing was to much trouble, very accommodating around viewing times. The application process was straight forward and made the moving process very stress free. Would highly recommend Sims Williams and Jo, very easy to deal with.
Darren, Tenant - Oct 20th, 2021