Top 5 tips on moving home - renting

Looking to rent a house or a flat? Check out our top 5 tips on renting to make sure the home of your dreams isn’t actually the stuff of nightmares.

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Check out our top 5 tips on renting to make sure the home of your dreams isn’t actually the stuff of nightmares.

1 - Inspect the property

Make sure you carry out a thorough inspection of the property before you sign anything and move in. It sounds incredibly obvious, but research shows time and again that actually, we look hardly at all when we go and rent a property and actually we might visit for less than 5minutes before we make a decision. So, don’t feel pressured by a landlord or a letting agency, take your time, make sure you look at the property thoroughly and don’t just go on what your naked eye is telling you. Open up cupboards just for evidence of damp or mould, run the water from the taps and run the shower to check the water pressure. Have a look outside as well. You might not be interested in the garden but if the wall is crumbling, you don’t want to live there necessarily. So, make sure that you have a really good look and then and only then progress things to the next stage.

2 - Do your homework

Do your research and your homework, so after you’ve had a look at the property and you’ve thoroughly inspected it, take 25 minutes to walk around the neighbourhood and just see what that neighbourhood is like is it really noisy, are you near a hospital that will ambulances coming and going, is there a takeaway restaurant that gets really, really busy near your home? Just all these things it’s so worth a 25minute walk just to make sure that you like the neighbourhood, because you’re going to have to live there.

If you’re looking to relocate and rent to another city, you might want to see our family cities interactive tool. This can provide how key cities in the UK compare with factors such as jobs and the average price of a home.

3 - Read the tenancy agreement.

Read and make sure you understand the tenancy agreement that you’re signing.

There are different types, and the different type of letting agreement will dictate the rights and responsibilities that you have as a tenant. It sets everything down, so look at things like the length of tenure; look at the starting date - your landlord by law must give you a name and address on that letting agreement.

It will also set out how much your rent is and how often they’re able to increase your rent and what that rent includes, so it’s incredibly important that you read it and you understand it and if you’ve got any questions, really good resources are arvailable. 

Shelter has a really good free to call phone line, where you can ask questions, and Citizens Advice has a really good website with completely free of charge advice.

4 - Get everything in writing.

Get everything put in writing. So, if you have any requests for either the letting agent or the landlord, don’t phone, don’t text if you can possibly help it, put it in an email be super polite and make sure that you keep a record of what you’re sending. It’s really important that you’re belt and braces about this and that you keep an accurate record just as much as the need to keep an accurate record.

5 - Communicate

Communicate honestly and communicate frequently and if anything goes wrong in that flat or house, make sure that you keep a really good record of it.

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