Here, I have prepared few important facts you should know
before you sign the contract and move in with your whole life possessions.
This is Part 1. Before you rent tips and hints.!
Agency or Private Landlord?
from both and I opt for the agency option. Both have bad and good sides.
Agency bad side is that is pricey and you are
more restricted. Agencies have fees per person or couple, that are
non-returnable and this is to pay for the paper work and to secure your place.
The fee really depends; it can by anything from £100-180 per person or £250 per
couple etc. If your credit score is not particularly great, agency is going to
find out. If you unemployed you may have to pay 6 month rent in advance. Also, agency usually have much more
restricted contracts and where your landlord may agree to particular things
like having animals, agencies often just have strict No policy. However, The
good thing of agency is, that you may feel more secured. I have had situations
where landlord was entering the property without 24h notice, landlord eating my
food (sick I know) and being right pain in the bottom. When you rent via
can always complaint and the agency will look after you. Although, the renewal every 6months cost me
£65 as they won’t do 12months and 3 years in a raw like that! I also have the
fear the every 6 months the landlord may suddenly say no to renewal! Be-aware
the most agencies charge for references (yes just for the answer the phone and
saying you pay your rent on time).
Private landlord renting is definitely cheaper
as landlords usually don’t charge upfront fees. Also, landlord can just give
you permission for pets or small décor like re-painting walls, wallpapering and
most likely the place will be unfurnished. The downside to renting from private
landlord is that they are sometimes very really cheeky people. They sometimes
work illegal. After you will pay the deposit and sign the contract, move in; to find out few month later that they
didn’t protected it with tenancy deposit scheme and you want to move out is
sometimes years of fighting it back. Make sure you have a copy of this document
and your deposit was submitted to TDS. My previous landlord was such a cheeky
man, I could write a book! I prefer to rent via agency as I feel more secure.
likely are going to check on online sites and fall in love with ‘’the one’’.
Try to hold you knickers and just check few things like the location and
availability. Agencies and landlords are really cheeky these days. They often
keep a little longer the property on the market so they can fetch potential
tenants. Also, if you genuine in love online and are going to view the property
be prepared and get potential papers with you, as the moment before you go or
after, someone else may viewing it and they can snatch it right away! I had this situation and it is not good
feeling that after you finally decided to be told is gone. Be decisive.
Check the area for crime. There is plenty
websites online when you can check the area just type in google ‘check the area
for crime’ and you have plenty of websites showing you info including the
average rent etc.
Never ever pay for anything online! Unless is an
agency you know. Don’t believe pretty pictures. There are plenty of scams so
ALWAYS go and check the property. I had several unpleasant stations where
online it was a show home and the reality was totally different. Again, cheeky
agencies and landlord use similar property pictures which may be nicer.
alist of questions. Save the ones you like and while making a booking for
viewing already ask the questions the agent or tell them to prepare the
answers. Always ask:
What’s the council tax band? (Print the band prices from your local
If you can keep pets/bikes in property.
If the building managing company agrees to pets.
(Sometimes landlord does but the building managing company doesn’t and you will
be asked to move out or remove pets)
If there is a parking allocated, if not what’s
the nearest- they sometimes know.
Check if there is anything sharing in communal
areas ( washine machines etc)
Check the nearest metro/tram/bus stops.
Check for schools/nurseries
Furnished/unfurnished- Part furnished- what’s
included. Sometimes part furnished means literally just kitchen units but no
washing machines or fridge/freezer.
How long is the rent for 6months/12months etc.
Who is responsible for what bills, most likely
you but sometimes landlord pay the council tax and the water rates, sometimes
bills are inclusive.
Negotiate. Before you sign, make sure your
landlord/agency agree to pets. Agree to re-paint the property or clean the
carpet or anything that required. Make sure you EMAIL about it. Don’t just
chat. You need to have it in writing! Always CC a boyfriend or another agency
member in these conversations. It will save you loads of troubles in the future
in case if something was missed out. You can negotiate the rent price, the
deposit price and as above small amends like replacing fridge or any other
electrical or furnishing. They may refuse it ,they may agree but always worth a
Get your documents ready, ID, passport, credit
history, references ( email your boos/previous landlord etc) ger ready all bank
On viewing day, check bathroom and walls for any
signs of mould. Also try to locate the North so you can see which room is going
to the darkest/sunniest etc.
questions answered and you happy, you can go and sign the contract. Read it! Take
your time before signing it. Make sure you have the amends you discussed in contract.
Agencies and landlords tend to promise you gold elephant just so you can sign
the papers and once you sign it they can’t amend it. Check the contract for
Repairs, who is responsible for what
If there is any additional fees when move
Service charge if there is any.
Again, if the bills responsibilities are clear.
When you moving out, do you need to repaint
walls/professionally clean carpets giving a receipt to landlord/agency etc.
If you agreed to pets, make sure you have it
written in contract!!!
Check the date of your moving day. Make sure you
have at least 2-3 days left on your previous tenancy as moving can take all day
and you still need to come back and clean before you give away keys as if you
left the property untidy, you can face some expensive cleaner charges taken off
Check your contract if you allowed hang picture
frame, repaint and decorate. My contract states that I can’t literally do
anything! I have to leave the furniture back where they were in first place.
Also, I have an agent coming every 4months for inspections to check if
everything is ok. Check if you have this as well.
next one is going to be ‘Tips on Moving day to rented space’ full of advises on how to crack on the moving
day and save the deposit!