10 Things Every Tenant Should Check Before Renting a Property
Whether you’re about to rent your very first home or you are a seasoned tenant who has lived in a number of rental properties over the years, the following list of things to check before signing a new contract should come in handy.
- Research the Local Area – It’s easy to focus exclusively on the properties you are viewing and forget to research the area that you will be living in.
- Check All Appliances – Don’t assume the fridge, dishwasher and washing machine are all in perfect working order: ask for confirmation from the landlord.
- Complete a Detailed Inventory – Hopefully your landlord will already have prepared one but if not, insist on including a detailed inventory in your contract.
- Check the Required Deposit – Some landlords require a larger deposit than others so it’s important to check the amount before signing a contract.
- Ask Where Your Deposit Will Be Held – By law, landlords are required to hold deposits in a protected deposit scheme. Make sure this is the case before you pay your deposit.
- Check the Estate Agent’s Fees – We provide clear information on the fees we charge but not all agents do. Make sure you know what costs you’ll incur before planning your move in earnest.
- Read the Tenancy Agreement Carefully – And make sure that you’re completely happy with all the terms, BEFORE you sign it!
- Check the Policy on Pets if Relevant – If you have a dog, cat or any other type of pet, it’s very important to make sure it will be welcomed by your new landlord.
- Ask Why the Old Tenants Are Leaving – They may just be moving on but you can often learn useful facts about a property by asking this question.
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