If you have never rented a property before then the process can seem quite daunting, however with a little preparation and a good estate agent you can sidestep the potential confusion and focus on the excitement of finding a new property!
Here are our top tips for first time renters…
When it comes to renting a property, it is important to calculate your costings because if you underestimate your costs per month, then this will compound over each month that you are in the property. In your calculations, include the monthly cost of the property, council tax and utility bills (include items such as broadband internet, phone line, television license and television streaming services). As a rule of thumb, it is good practice to add 10% to your estimated costs so that you have a comfortable buffer, in case they are higher than anticipated.
Picking The Perfect Property
Whether you are moving out of the family home or you are transferring from a purchased home to a rental, one thing that mustn’t be underestimated is finding the ideal property. Do your research and look at a selection of properties in different areas – you may be surprised at how much more or less property is available based on the locations that you choose. Registering your interest with us will also help to ensure that we can let you know when properties which match your criteria reach the market – this is key as the lettings market is extremely fast-moving.
When you move into your property, check that the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors installed are working correctly. Before you sign your tenancy contract, you will be asked to prove you have the right to live in the UK, so ensure that you have your passport or documents ready to hand. Once this is completed, you should be given a copy of your property’s Gas Safety Certificate, Energy Performance Certificate, the Prescribed Information and if you are entering into a new tenancy from 1st July this year then you should also be given an Electrical Safety Certificate.
The inventory is a detailed document outlining what is included in your rental property – this will of course be much more comprehensive if you are renting a furnished property over unfurnished – however is vitally important for both variants. Check that you are happy that the inventory document matches exactly with what is in the property and if there are any discrepancies be sure to make a note of this and notify your landlord or estate agent. Taking photographs and dating them before you have moved any furniture into the property is also a useful reference for when you move out of the property and could avoid any potential deposit disputes.