Mar 31 2014
There is more to consider when you buy a house than picking the perfect property. You need to find the right landlord or letting agency, and understand your own rights. It’s important to remain happy as a tenant, especially if you simply can’t get onto the housing ladder right now. Here are some tips to be a happy tenant.
Get All the Information about Fees Upfront
Make sure you know all about the fees involved with a property to rent. Letting agencies can charge hundreds of pounds for credit checks and drafting paperwork. For those in Scotland this is now illegal, but the same cannot be said in other parts of the United Kingdom. These fees can really eat into your budget, so you need to check upfront to make sure you know about every single fee that can be charged.
Read the Details
Check all the details fully. You need to know everything that the rent includes, what the landlord will expect from you and any conditions on the place. Is there anything in the property—or the garden—not included in the rent? What rules are there for guests or pets? Landlords can withhold the deposit and take you to court for not abiding by the rules detailed in the contract.
Make Sure Your Deposit Is Protected
All tenants will now find their deposits are placed in protection schemes. This is great news for you, even if it is a bit of a hassle. However, you should check beforehand that the letting agency follows the rules. Find out who will protect the deposit and any terms involved in this.
Check the Inventory
You should be given an inventory at the start of your tenancy. It is really important to go through this in minute detail. This will be used at the end to determine if you need to pay for any damage, redecorating or if you did not uphold your end of the agreement. It may seem silly marking the slightest of issues, but you know the letting agency will do it to you on the way out.
Make sure you are happy during your tenancy. As well as the search to find property, it is really important to check the details of the contract, and make sure you protect your own finances. You know that some letting agencies try to squeeze as much money out of you as possible, but you can and should protect yourself.