Tenant Advice

Top Tips For Living In A Rented Property

Top Tips For Living In A Rented Property

Tenant Advice

Private rentals are extremely popular in the UK due to an increasing preference among the population to stay relatively flexible and mobile. Another factor is the difficulty of saving for a deposit and securing a mortgage, and these aren’t always considered the essential next steps for young renters any more.

If you, like many others, are planning to move into a rented property and you’d like things to work out for you in the long run, it’s probably a good idea to consider all of the following tips.

Get your finances in order

Obviously, an essential step before going ahead with a rental is getting financially prepared. You need a realistic understanding of how you’re going to stick to a budget each month, factoring in rent, utilities, council tax, insurance and so on. You will also have to pay a deposit at the beginning of your agreement which is typically at least one month’s rent.

Finding the right place

Another obvious but essential factor is finding a property that actually satisfies your needs. Viewing a few different places before making a decision is highly recommended, but if you find something great early on you should sometimes trust your instincts. Depending on how competitive the local area is, you will probably only have a matter of days to make a decision after a viewing, and sometimes only hours, but don’t be pressured into anything that won’t work for you.

Check and ask

You need as much information as possible before you make any commitments, so it’s only fair to ask questions and you shouldn’t feel obligated to go along with anything you’re not clear about. It’s common for things to be accidentally forgotten or missed off when you receive information from agents or landlords, so chase them up as required and make sure it’s clear who is responsible for different things. This definitely applies to when you come to actually signing a tenancy agreement, because this is legally binding.

Pay attention to the inventory

An initial inventory report will usually be prepared so the state of the property and any furnishings and fittings are recorded. Make sure any existing problems are accounted for so you can’t be blamed for them later. Photos should be included for clarification.

Report any issues quickly

In order to reduce the risk of any long-term problems developing between you and your landlord or agent, make sure any issues that arise are reported in writing as quickly as possible. It may be good for you to talk to your landlord on the phone or in person to make arrangements if things need attention, but anything that could affect your agreement should be done via email or similar methods so you have a record of it later.…

Rental Advice For Students

Rental Advice For Students

Tenant Advice

If you’re a student and planning to move away from home as part of your studies, or you already live in a different city with accommodation provided by your university, it’s time to start think about your accommodation next year. Are you going to have to move out of where you are now and find yourself a private landlord? If so, there is some advice you should bear in mind when renting properly for the first time.

Specialist letting agents for students do exist, so wherever you’re studying it’s best to try and identify a local expert as soon as you can, and go to them for some guidance and a place to start looking. They usually service a particular region, and often assist students from several universities. On the subject of student lettings, one agent explains the challenges students tend to face: “Students face a unique set of problems when renting for the first time, which can be pretty confusing. We do see a lot of people who are panicking slightly about being away from home or taking on the responsibility that comes with being in charge of a property. It’s just about good planning and having an understanding of what both parties need to do.”

Who’s Going To Fix This Mess?

Who’s Going To Fix This Mess?

Landlord Advice, Property Maintenance, Tenant Advice

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, nobody wants to end up fighting over whose responsibility it is to fix a particular problem with their rental property. However, in many cases it can be inevitable because things have not been decided clearly enough in advance. In all cases, the best thing to do is ensure you have a written agreement that both parties sign, meaning that in future you can refer back to your document and establish who needs to deal with a particular issues as and when it crops up.

However, it can be tricky to know where to start when drawing up your agreement. Here are a few ideas of where the responsibility lies for a few specific examples.

The landlord is normally responsible for…

– Emergency plumbing and heating repairs, such as when there is no hot water or the heating doesn’t work properly in the winter
– Safe and functional electric wiring
– Security of the property, including locks and all exterior doors
– Serious leaks of any kind, whether water or gas, in the roof or the floor
– Damage to the property from a storm, a fire or other accidents
– Failure of essential appliances in the property that the landlord provided
– Reimbursing tenants if they had to pay for any of these emergency services

Landlords are also generally responsible for smaller repairs and anything that goes wrong with something they have provided. However, not all of these things have to be dealt with immediately, only within a “reasonable” amount of time. For this reason it’s a good idea for tenants to request everything in writing, so there is evidence that the landlord was informed of what needed doing and had the appropriate amount of time to ensure it was completed.…