It is always sensible to search for a number of homes on the rental market before deciding the right home to rent.
On the other hand, some areas mainly in university towns and cities, competition can be quite fierce and you may need to make an instant conclusion in order to make the deal.
Whether your area has a lot of homes to rent or competition among renters is high, it is beneficial to make sure that you ask the right questions to a landlord or to a letting agent (if you hired one) and do a detailed search about the property.
Another advice on viewing properties also includes taking a friend. Someone else’s opinion and outlook can be very convenient to identify certain pros and cons regarding the property.
Checklist When Viewing a Home For Rent
- Is it an area with crime problems?
- Is the neighborhood noisy during night time?
- Has the property been burglarized before?
- Check if the property is a safe place to stay. Are carbon monoxide and smoke alarms fitted? If the house is furnished, does the current furniture meet the fire safety criteria?
- Meticulously check the property’s condition. Watch for things such as shabby décor, damp areas, and drafty windows.
- If you’re not satisfied with the decorations or if it is really out of date, ask whether you’re permitted to redecorate the area, if not, as if the landlord can redecorate it for you instead.
- Are the neighbours students and/or young people that are likely to have numerous parties?
The cost of running a home is significantly important. Make sure that you find out whether the rental home has an efficient metered water supply, loft insulation, and double glazing.
Lastly, look at the market and find some similar properties. Is the property worth the rent fee being asked? If not, then consider negotiating with a lower price range.
Home Renting Guide
Each section has been broken up and placed on its own page below to make it easier. Click the links for the individual topics and go through our complete guide to renting your home.
Table Of Contents
1. Introductionto renting your home
2. Renting From A Letting Agent Or A Landlord
3. Viewing A Home For Rent And What Essential Questions To Ask
4. Tenancy Contracts Explained
5. Responsibilities Of The Tenant
6. Renting Deposits And Fees
7. Tenancy Deposit Schemes
8. Rental Insurance
9. Dealing With Complications That May Arise When Renting
10. Where To Go When In Need Of Help