Looking for a place to call home?
Renting a property
At present the housing market dictates that renting property is often a wonderful housing option.
Rental properties appeal to a variety of people. Whether it be young people, people downsizing or relocating, people who don’t want to worry about property maintenance, plus many more.
With renting comes flexibility. In this day and age this can be a very appealing factor. That being said, it is still important to find the right property, in the right location.
There are many factors to consider when starting your home search. It is often common for people to think they know what they want and need, but the reality of house hunting can throw up factors that hadn’t occurred to them.
Things to Consider
-Do you need to be close to transport links?
-Do you have children who need to be near schools?
-Do you need to be in a location where you can achieve high broadband speeds?
-Do you have pets, and access to dog friendly walks is essential or stabling for horses, perhaps a quiet area where your cat would be safe?
-Does having young children mean you need a home on a quiet cul-de-sac, or are you a commuter who is happy living two minutes away from the beginning of your work commute?
-Do you want to be close to shops, restaurants, pubs or children’s parks?
The House –
-How many bedrooms do you require? And how many do you want?
-Do you want open plan living?
-Do you require part or fully furnished?
-Do you need a garden?
-Create your essential criteria list and take it from there.
The next step on your property search journey is to arrange viewings at the properties you think may meet your requirements. Without viewing, its hard to know whether the property will work for you, so get them booked. If its not for you, no problem ,move on to the next.
Deposit payable equates to 5 weeks rent if the annual rent is below £50,000 or 6 weeks rent if it is above £50,000. Your deposit will be held within an approved tenancy deposit scheme.
You will be given a tenancy agreement to sign, make sure you ready it thoroughly ensuring you understand your rights and responsibilities as the tenant, and those of your landlord.
Agree an inventory with your landlord, ensuring you sign and keep a copy, so you can refer back to it when you leave the property.
When you have done everything advised by the letting agent, and you have your keys you are ready to move in. Make sure you take meter readings upon arrival.
Having all the correct contact information for your landlord or managing agent is essential. This way should you have any maintenance issues you know who to contact and how.