Lettings Guide for Tenants
Choosing the perfect area for you to live in can be a mind boggling task. But with a few helpful tips, we can set you in the right direction.
Consider all the things that are important to you, like transport, schools, and access to local amenities like parks, shops and libraries.
Make a list of what you definitely need to have and would be nice to have. Share this information with the local reputable estate agents in the areas that tick the most boxes for you.
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Contact the local agents that are marketing the type of properties that you like. Ensure the agents register your requirements and contact details on their system.
Emphasise the importance of your ‘move in date’ with the agent, as agents often prioritise people who have a clear move in date. The lettings industry is extremely fast moving and often properties get snapped up within hours of entering the market. Be clear of your budget and requirements. Once you have explained what you are looking for, you will find the agent will be more than pleased to assist you in finding you your perfect home.
Arranging a viewing
Please make yourself flexible for viewing times as Agents often have to arrange viewing access via current tenants and landlords on tight schedules
On the viewing, make a note of all the things that are important to you. If there is something you particularly don’t like about the property, make sure you bring it to the agents attention. Often Landlords are flexible in regards to furnishings and colour of rooms.
Putting an offer forward
The Agent will put your offer forward to the landlord. If the offer is accepted you will need to place a holding deposit to remove the property from the market. Then you will be expected to complete reference checks, including previous address information employment details etc.
Other fees and charges
When you agree to rent a property you will be expected to pay a security dilapidations deposit and the first month's rent. There will be other administration fees that you may be liable for depending on the setup of the letting, such as tenant referencing and administration fees. The agent can go through all of this information with you.
Once You Move In
It is important you take care of the property like it is your own. Keeping it clean and maintained according to the terms laid out in your tenancy agreement is very important.
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 is 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.
You will need to ensure you register for council tax with the local authority and all utility providers. 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 most likely you will need to arrange for the same to be done when you move out. You will have to provide documentary evidence that you have settled all your utility bills, council tax and any other liabilities.