Advice for tenants
Advice for tenants
First choose the area that you want to live in. Make a list of things which are really important for you, like schools, transport links, shops, etc. Make sure that you share your list with the local estate agent to help you to find the property which suits your requirements.
The letting business moves incredible fast. The number of people looking for properties to rent is really big. Try to make yourself as flexible as possible. Once a good property comes available on market the offers are often made immediately.
If you don’t like a piece of furniture or neither the colour of the wall. Don’t let it put the property off. Have a chat with the agent. We encourage our landlords to be flexible with the property furnishing and interior details.
Deposit and references
Once your offer has been accepted you’ll need to hand over your deposit. The agent will be responsible for putting it into an approved tenancy deposit holding scheme and they should pass on the details of all your previous addresses to hand. Likewise, let your employer, and other referees, know to expect a request for a reference.
Fees and charges
When you agree to rent a property you will be expected to pay a security deposit and the first month's rent. There will be other administration fees that you will be liable for, too, like references and drawing up the tenancy agreement.
Within the tenancy agreement you may also find that extra charges will apply if there is an unexpected change of tenant and also at the time the tenancy is renewed. At the end of the tenancy it's common for the outgoing tenant(s) to be charged for the inventory check-out. Check your tenancy agreement to see if these items are covered.
Find out who is managing your property and make sure you have been given all their contact details. That way, if something goes wrong in the property, you'll know who to get in touch with.
Look after the property as if it were your own. This reduces the likelihood of disputes over damage when the tenancy comes to an end.
Remember that you should arrange insurance cover for your furnishings and personal property - the landlord is not responsible for insuring these items.
If the property was professionally cleaned when you moved in, then the chances are you will need to arrange for the same to be done when you move out. Whoever is managing the property - be it the estate agent or the landlord - they will want to see a receipt for the cleaning.
It goes without saying that you should leave the property in tip top condition and remove all your belongings, otherwise you risk losing part, or all of your deposit.