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Council-owned garages

Last Modified February 26, 2013
 

We have around 1,800 lock up garages available to rent throughout the borough, the majority of which are in Borehamwood and Bushey.

Do you have any garages available to rent?

Usually around 80% of our garages are already let at any one time, and the majority of tenants keep their garages for many years so sometimes garages may not be available in the area you want. However we do usually have some which are available, so it is worth getting in touch.

If there is not a garage available in the area you want then you can go on our waiting list.

How can I rent a garage?

You'll need to complete an application form. You can:

Once you are offered a garage, you will need to make an appointment to see us and complete a tenancy agreement. You will need to bring two forms of identification showing your name and address (driving licence, utility bill etc). You will also need to pay the first month's rent in advance.

How long will it take before my tenancy can start?

If you want a garage in an area where there is already a vacancy, or location is less important to you, we can usually offer you a garage within a few days of receiving your request. Otherwise you will be placed on a waiting list.

How much do they cost to rent?

It varies depending on location. Please call us on 020 8207 7463 and let us know what locations you are interested in and we can tell you.

How will I have to pay?

Monthly, in advance, by direct debit or we can give you a payment book to take to your bank or the post office if you prefer to pay in cash.

Can I have more than one garage?

Yes, if available.

What can I use the garage for?

For parking a motor vehicle only. Storage or commercial uses are not allowed.

There are garages near my house but they do not belong to the council?

Garages are also available to rent from housing associations and private landlords and you should approach them directly if you are interested.

How can I terminate my tenancy?

You will need to give us one months' notice in writing.

What do I do if I have a problem with my garage or I need it repaired?

Please call us on 020 8207 7463 or email asset.management@hertsmere.gov.uk so we can make the necessary arrangements for the work.

Will I be responsible for any repairs?

No, as long as it is as a result of normal wear and tear we will arrange all the repairs but if you fit additional locks or other security you will be responsible for this. We will also charge you for a new lock if you lose, or do not return, the keys at the end of the tenancy. We will also charge you for any damage caused by your own negligence or for clearing any rubbish you leave in the garage or on site.

What happens if I do not pay the rent?

If you do not pay the rent we will write to you advising that we will terminate your tenancy if you do not pay the rent arrears.

What will happen if I ignore this?

We will repossess the garage and charge you for the costs of changing the lock, storage or disposal of your belongings and any other costs we incur. If you do not pay these monies and the rent owing we will recover the debt through the Court process. This may result in you having to pay additional costs and interest on the amount you owe. You will not be eligible to rent another garage and any Court judgement may make it difficult for you to obtain other goods and services on credit.

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