Follow these top tips to make everything go smoothly
- It is always advisable to have references (e.g. bank account, previous landlord/agent, employers etc.) prepared prior to entering into negotiations with a Landlord. It saves time and can help if you are competing with others for the same property.
- If you are asked for a holding deposit whilst you application for a tenancy is processed, make sure you get a receipt, detailing the circumstances under which you may or may not get your money back should the tenancy not occur.
- Have your money ready! You will probably be required to pay one months rent in advance plus a damages deposit prior to commencing the tenancy.
- Read the tenancy agreement thoroughly before signing. Ask questions if you are unclear about any aspect of the agreement.
- Find out who will be managing the property. This could be either the agent or landlord. You need to know who to call should you have any problems.
- When you become a tenant you are responsible for the property. you will need to report gas/electrical problems, leaks etc. Also if the property is leasehold, you will be bound by the conditions contained in the lease.
- Ask for copies of all safety certificates (i.e. gas and electric).
- Before moving in contact all service providers (gas, telephone, electricity) informing them of your upcoming tenancy.