Up until now, we have previously always rented properties. Becoming unexpected parents for the first time turned our lives upside down (for the better obviously) but meant we would have to leave our impromptu traveling holidays and our home abroad to venture back into the UK and be closer to our families. We have rented two houses over the past few years and i have not only picked up some tips an tricks along the way but i have also learned some invaluable lessons when it comes to dealing with Estate agents and landlords.
My biggest piece of advice i can offer is to always rent from an assured agent with a good reputation.
I can recommend “HomeLet” as we have rented from them in the past.
Before choosing your property be sure to make a list of questions for the estate agent. Such as, who to call out of hours. Ask to see copies of all insurance documents and take a pen and paper with you upon viewing of the property to jot down reminders, room sizes, council tax band etc It is always good to ask questions such as who will be your service providers for phone and electricity. What is the internet speed like and how is the traffic flow in the area.
Upon moving into a property you should take readings of the meters and check any gas devices such as heaters and ovens have all the relevent safety certificates with them.
Below is a really great infographic which provides so much useful information for both Tenants and Landlords.
This is a collaborative post in conjunction with HomeLet