It is standard practice for most agencies to charge an administration fee for referencing, arranging standing order payments, guarantor paperwork and checks etc. No Admin Fees
Feel free to ask around to see what other companies are charging.
Security deposits are held for the length of the tenancy. They will be registered with The Deposit Protection Service, My Deposits or Tenant Deposit Scheme. It is now against the law for your deposit not to be registered with one of the above schemes.
Our deposits are always equal to or just less than a months rent per person.