my husband has taken a year off work for health reasons, we have sold the house and will have substantial moneys in the bank from the sale. We have seen a property to rent but have been told by Ward and Partners estate agence (very aggressively I might add) that unless we have had £54000 in the bank for at least 3 months we will have to pay the full 12 months plus deposit upfront. I feel this is a little unfair, six months I am more than happy to do so but what if there are issues with the landlord about maintenance to the property while we are there? I know there is no difference paying all the rent in one go and paying in dribs and drabs but feel it takes away all our negotiating tools should something arise. Any sound advice would be welcome.