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5 Rented House-Hunting Essentials

5 Rented House-Hunting Essentials
Finding the right rented property is a big deal. After all, it’s about hunting down the perfect pad to call your own. But before you sign on the dotted line, here are five things you should never overlook, based on our many years’ experience in property…

1.    Ask the important question
Always ask the letting agent or landlord this question:“Why is the property on the market?” If it’s a good property, it shouldn’t be on the market! So asking this question should give you valuable information about the property and help you decide whether it’s the right one for you!

2.    Make a note
So you’ve found a great property, but there are just a few changes you’d like to see before you sign up … Cover yourself by taking notes of the conversation about those changes with the landlord or letting agent and make sure that they’re built into the contract. This will make the agreement to make the changes legally binding and gives you a comeback if anything goes wrong.

3.    Investigate the internet connection
Can you imagine life without an internet connection? Thought not. So don’t forget to double check what’s included with your rental contract. There is a growing trend of landlords and letting agents including internet connection/Wi-Fi in with the rent. This may sound great, but you need to make sure that it will work for everyone in your new house. After all, if you’re a student and doing subjects like Art or Gaming, you’ll probably need better internet speeds than for other subjects. This could have an effect on how much you end up paying. Another issue to consider is that the speed and power of the internet connection often depends on where you are in a house. So look carefully at where the internet hub is situated in relation to different rooms. Thoroughly investigate what’s already in place in the property and what your landlord or letting agent can offer you.

4.    Be savvy about utilities
It may seem very nice to have your utilities included in with your rent, but you need to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting. We’ve heard horror stories about tenants signing up for an inclusive deal and then having their gas and electricity cut off when they’ve used what the landlord considers to be too much! Plus, don’t forget to take meter readings as soon as you move into the new property, ideally with photos as supporting evidence.

5.    Take photos
Now you’ve moved in, it’s time to take pictures – and we’re not just talking about selfies of you and your friends in your new home! Make sure that on the very first day, you spend about 20 minutes taking lots of photos. Take pictures of different rooms with the daily paper to give valid proof! This will provide any comeback you might need if there are any issues about getting your deposit back at the end. On a similar note, don’t just accept the property inventory provided by your letting agent as fact. Go around the property and double check that the inventory really is accurate and then make amendments if necessary, confirming them with your landlord or letting agent.

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