Tips for Renters

There is a lot to consider when looking to rent and so, with you in mind, we have compiled a short list of tips for tenants: 

1 – Know what you are looking for

Before you begin searching, you need to, of course, know what you want:

  • Where do you want to live?
  • Furnished or unfurnished?
  • What is your budget?
  • When is the moving date?
  • How long do you want to rent for?

Only then can you start searching for a home to rent. If you know these already begin searching to rent here.

2 – Know the costs

You need to be aware of all of the costs of moving in:

  • How much is the rent?
  • How much is the deposit?
  • How much are agency fees?
  • How much will the gas, electricity and water cost?
  • Are there any additional costs during/after the tenancy concerning renewing the contract, receiving references, etc.

Make sure you know the answers to each of these when considering a certain property.

 3 – Arrange viewings

We almost always advise you to view a property before applying. When going for a viewing:

  • Check everything works, i.e. the showers, lights, heating, etc.
  • Ask about the neighbourhood, try to ask the current tenant about any issues they may have faced.
  • Visit the are at different times of the day and make sure to check out the local shops and facilities.

 4 – Know what you’re getting

Find out what will be included with the property:

  • Ask to see the current inventory
  • Check before you apply if certain items are included

 5 – Have all Documents Ready Beforehand to Ensure a Smooth Application

Try to have all of the below documents arranged beforehand so you can move in as early as possible:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of current address
  • Evidence of Income (i.e. payslips, bank statements, letter of employment, etc.)
  • Proof of right to rent
  • A guarantor may be required in some cases to guarantee rent, in which you’ll need to provide their proof of income and proof of ID and address

 6 – Know Who will be Managing the Property

Know whether the landlord or letting agent is managing the property.

 7 – Arrange Insurance

Landlords are responsible for insuring the building, but we strongly recommend that you take out cover for your own contents and other obligations as a Tenant.


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