We have created a simple six step guide to help tenants feel more confident when it comes to renting a property.
Finding a new home is a big decision and we want you to feel informed, confident, and comfortable with the renting process.
Six Super Tips to Make Renting Easier.
- Act Decisively.
- Holding fees.
- Getting References.
- Contract Agreement.
Think about when you want to move and where you want to rent. Look at the areas and the properties in your price range. Draw up a clear budget and include moving costs, council tax and any utility bills. Make a list of letting agents.
Unless you hit the jackpot straight away, and the first property you see is the one you want to rent, chances are you will view several different places. Carry a notebook with you to jot down the positives and negatives of each property. This will help the decision process.
When you have found a home, you want to rent, act quickly. Good properties get snapped up so make your offer and we will handle the negotiations.
If the landlord has accepted your offer, you will need to pay a holding fee normally equal to one weeks rent. This is a sign of your commitment and is not refundable but will be deducted from your first month’s rent if you proceed with the tenancy.
To proceed with the tenancy, we will need to carry out reference checks. This will often include obtaining a reference from your previous landlord, employment, and credit checks.
Once your references have been successfully processed you will be asked to read and sign your contract. It exists to protect both you and your landlord so if you do not understand anything please ask us. We want both parties to understand their obligations of the tenancy. You will also be given suppliers’ details for your water, electric, gas, TV licence and council tax. It is up to you to deal with them throughout your tenancy.
Then confirm a moving day, pack up your stuff and start enjoying your new home.