People decide to rent properties for a number of different reasons and for varying lengths of time. It’s difficult sometimes to know exactly what your rights are as a tenant and what you can expect of a letting agency or landlord. The NLA (National Landlord Association) is set up to ensure that landlords’ legitimate interests are covered, thus making the whole renting experience a smooth one for both tenants and landlords.
Meeting the Tenant/Landlord
Whether you are a tenant or landlord, it is important that you make a good first impression on meeting. Be friendly and personable, and don’t be late. Try to be as honest as possible, even if you think that the other person might not like what you have to say. Make sure that you bring references and ID with you to make the whole process a lot quicker, and remember, if you have any doubts or queries, just ask.
There is some information which is needed when deciding whether to rent a property.
How much is the rent?
When do you pay it? Every calendar month, or every 4 weeks?
How do you pay it? Can you set up a direct debit?
What is included in the rent? Are electricity, water, or internet bills included in the price?
Do you need to pay a deposit, and if so, how much and when do you get it back? It’s also worth checking where your deposit will be protected.
What to do about repairs and general maintenance?
Inventory – It is recommended for both the tenant and the landlord that an inventory is taken before moving in and then again when moving out. This will cut out any nasty surprises and ensure that you are both covered and in agreement.
Safety – Check that the property has a gas safety certificate and an energy performance certificate. It’s also worthwhile checking that the property has a fire blanket, as well as what to do in the case of fire.
Anything else – Discuss any other needs or requirements between the two of you upfront to avoid any disputes later on.
Finding the right property to rent is only the beginning. Here at Chadwells we can help you to find the perfect rented property and help guide you through the process of liaising with the landlord to ensure the best outcome for the two of you.