Moving into a rented property is exciting, but tenants shouldn’t be too hasty to put pen to paper. There are many aspects of the property and the rental agreement that should be assessed before shaking hands. Taking the time to consider these elements will ensure your new tenancy is legitimate, safe and within budget.
Many people forget about council tax when calculating the price of their property, focusing solely on rent and bills. Council tax can be a considerable amount and could even push you outside of your budget if not taken into account.
Council tax rates vary across the country. The cost will depend on your area and property. Make sure you find out how much council tax will be before agreeing to rent the property.
The deposit will usually be between one month to five weeks’ rent. It is often required together with the first month’s rent, so you’ll need to make sure you have the funds to pay what is essentially double your usual rent payment.
In addition, many letting agents ask for a holding deposit. This is usually equivalent to one week’s rent and is imposed to ensure you are a legitimate prospective buyer. The payment will usually be deducted from your first month’s rent.
Under English and Welsh law, any assured shorthold tenancy that started on or after 6 April 2007 must be put into a government registration scheme within 30 days. Ask your landlord/letting agent which scheme they are using.
You should request the energy certificate of the property to check out its efficiency rating. A property with a low score may cost you more in bills. This should be factored into your budget.
A general rule is that the newer the property, the better the energy score, but this is not always the case. Your landlord/letting agents are required to provide you with the certificate.
Damp and Mould
A house viewing is the perfect time to check for any damp or mould that may be present in the property. Damp and mould can be a serious health hazard — you might want to think twice about renting a property that could put your health at risk.
Lettings agents should not be showing properties with damp or mould problems. You should think twice before renting from letting agents that do.
Smoke alarms and CO detectors
A rented property must always have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms installed and working. Ask your landlord/lettings agent about these before you sign — it could mean a matter of life or death.
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