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30 Top Tips for Tenants looking to rent.

 

Questions for Letting Agents

Move In

  • The rental market in slower now than it has been for a while, don’t be afraid to offer on rental price
  • When negotiating a lease ask for a break clause at 6 months, gives you the option to move if you’re not happy
  • Ask for an end of year option to renew, this ensures continuation of tenancy with a fixed increase in rent pcm
  • Be prepared for upfront fees of 6 weeks rent plus 1 months deposit & referencing checks
  • Check how your deposit will be protected. Should be one of three schemes in UK DPS, TDS or mydeposits
  • Make sure you have your personal contents insured, landlord is responsible for building and fixtures only
  • Be nice to the Letting Agent they have the power to sell you to the Landlord. They listen to the Letting Agent’s opinion on whether you would be good tenants or not.
  • Make sure all Gas appliances are covered by a Gas Safety Certificate, by law this needs to be supplied
  • Don’t forget to check what the Council Tax banding is and take this into account when offering on the rental
  • Find out who manages the rental property, disputes are easier to handle via Letting Agent than Landlord
  • Take dated photographs of the garden when you move in. Lease Agreements will ask that it is returned in ‘seasonal order’
  • When you are viewing a rental you can ask for redecoration if the wall colours are not to your taste
  • There is a free scheme where renters can pay rent and boost their credit rating at the same time ow.ly/SRJA3063Cin
  • Under OFGEM rules you can choose your own utility company, you do not have to stay with the Landlords
  • Ask if the locks are can be changed. A number of tenants may have been through the property and it is best to either insert a new barrel or new locks.

During tenancy

  • Any disputes with landlords via letter/email/phone call should be documented. Your move out date may be a few years down the line and you will appreciate having all the information written down
  • Smoke Alarms must be tested on move in, Link to a Smoke Detector Test Gas Can ow.ly/SBCc306iSmO
  • Before subletting your additional bedroom, check your lease, if you get caught, you could be evicted
  • During the winter keep the rental home ventilated, biggest area of disputes between tenants and landlords is condensation/damp
  • Remember to tell your letting agent you are going away if it is for more than two weeks
  • Professional window cleaning is required on move out (as well as during your tenancy)
  • Maintain a professional relationship with the landlord. Most are accommodating if they feel that you are looking after their property
  • Remember landlords need to request 24 hours’ notice before they can gain access to your rental
  • If you see a leak report it immediately as you could be liable if the Landlord is not informed & it worsens.

Move Out

  • On move out don’t forget to clean the guttering and sweep chimney. This is in most tenancy agreements and is required
  • Had your curtains been dry cleaned prior to your tenancy? If so, they will need to be dry cleaned before you move out
  • Don’t try to save money on carrying out the end of tenancy clean yourself. The professional clean is very different to a domestic clean and you will be charged if it is not carried out to a professional standard
  • Don’t leave items in the rental as you will be charged for removal and disposal. Even down to bins not being emptied
  • Check all keys are consistent with keys on check in, otherwise new key cutting will be charged at a premium
  • Walk around the house/flat before leaving to check bulbs are working. Agents charge £10 per replacement bulb this could be costly.

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