Have found a nice student house for next year. The landlord lives in another part of the country so has an agent to act on his behalf. Because all the potential tenants liked the house a reservation fee was paid to the agent. This holds the house for a week, so no one else can view the house. This is the current stage I am up to.
The next step would be to pay the deposit. This deposit is paid to the agent. Should I ask for a receipt when handing the money over and to make sure it goes into a deposit protection scheme?
Also, all tenants have been asked asked to fill in a Endsleigh tenant referencing service form. Am I right in saying this is not the actual contract for the house? Should I demand a written contract from the landlord?
Lastly what are the chances of the agent asking for a guarantor if all tenants have previously had 2/3 years of renting experience (i.e paid all bills/rent on time) before?