Becoming a Tenant
Are you thinking about renting a property? There are some things you may like to consider first.
Where would you like to live?
Do your research and figure out the specific area’s that you would like to rent in. Make a list of things that are important to you. Schools, public transport, access to shops? Use these things to focus your search. Be sure to have your list of ‘must-have’s’ and your list of ‘nice-to-haves’, tell them to your agent and it’ll be great help when they are searching for your new home.
Dealing with your agent
Identify which agents are marketing the type of property you are looking for in the area you want. Give them a call and discuss in detail what it is your looking for. Make sure you get them to register you on their system, give them all your contact details including email address, the letting’s business is fast moving and you don’t want to miss out on your ideal home.
Be clear about the time limit in which you want to move. If you need to move urgently or your tied into a tenancy for a few months longer make sure you let your agent know, the more the agent knows about your circumstances the more they can help.
Try to be available for any viewing you are offered. We may sound repetitive here but honestly the letting’s business is so fast paced, you don’t want to miss out on your perfect home because you couldn’t make viewing. Offers are often placed there and then on a viewing so bare that in mind when telling your agent you are only available on a Saturday.
Don’t be put off by the little details in the property. If you hate the sofa, have your own perfectly good fridge, or if the colour of the walls is a bit too garish for you tell your agent. We encourage all our landlords to be flexible with their tenants so somethings may be easily changed.
If you want the landlord to undertake any improvements or add/remove furniture, put a request in as soon as you make an offer. It can be much harder to get these jobs done when you already living in the property.
The Legal Stuff
One your offer has been accepted you’ll need to hand over the deposit. The agent will be responsible for putting it into a Tenancy Deposit Scheme and pass on the details to you, make sure you hold on to these.
All estate agents will conduct security check on behalf of the landlord, so make sure you have all these details to hand. Also let your employer or anyone else you are using as references know in advance. We find it’s always best to let your estate agent know anything that may pop up on finance report in advance, that mobile phone you didn’t pay off in university? Make sure you let your agent know before they begin your credit check.
Other Fees and Charges
When you agree to rent a property you’re expected to pay a security deposit and months’ rent in advance. On reservation of your property you will be required to pay a holding fee, equivalent to one weeks rent. We recommend you call your local Sylvester Properties for some more information on these charges.
Once you’re Moved In
Find out who’s managing the property and make sure you have all their contact details and bank details. Make sure you look after the property as though it were your own, this reduces the chances of any disputes over damages when your tenancy comes to an end.
Remember that you should arrange insurance cover for your furniture and personal belongings; this is not your landlord’s responsibilities.
Its goes without saying that you should leave the property clean, patch up any paintwork or fill any holes. It’s much easier if you do these things otherwise you risk losing part or all of your deposit.
Also give the required amount of notice, which will be stated on your tenancy, it’s only polite to your agent and your landlord.