Renting a Property: Tips if you’re Renting

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 Renting


A lot of people will rent a property in their lifetime, whether as a temporary measure or out of choice. Here we look at some tips in order to get the most out of your tenancy as well as ensuring both yourself and your landlord have a mutual relationship where issues can be resolved effectively.

 

Check rental properties online and on-the-go

There are several websites that allow you to browse all of the rental properties available by combining data from the estate agents in the area. Arguably the most established are Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket. You can even use their mobile app to locate rental properties nearby to you using GPS. This is particularity useful if you find yourself in an area that you particularly like the look of and want to know whats available.
You can also fine-tune your rental search through these websites depending on affordability as well as how many bedrooms you’d ideally like to have. A nice feature is the ability to sign up to notifications when new properties are added that match these criteria, this way you’ll be the first to know when a property is added – this may be the difference in getting the property if someone else is after it too!

 

Use a Free App to Manage Finances

A personal favorite of mine is the Acasa app. It’s free to use and allows you to either create one-off or recurring bills / expenses which you can share with your flatmates. You can add due dates which will be marked red until  they are set as paid. This is a good way to determine who’s paying for what, making it fairer for everyone and to make sure everything is being paid.

 

Give Enough Notice to your Landlord

Whilst the notice period can vary per tenancy, usually this a months notice. Make sure you stick to this as anything less could cause you issues. Whom to notify will depend on who manages your property e.g. estate agent or landlord directly. A well-versed email is usually ok though make sure you ask for a confirmation to ensure it has been approved – I usually call the landlord first to inform them of our intention to move as well as to get an email address if I don’t have one.

 

Leave it in a Better State

Understandably this one can be a sore point if you moved in to the property only to find trash and dirty items. Prior to vacating a property I like to make sure the place is spotless, this includes resealing the silicone in the shower or bath. After all, in most instances you will be held ransom to your deposit, which can often be a decent slice of cash for your next venture. Also make sure the light bulbs are all working! There’s nothing worse than moving into a new property to find that one or more bulbs dont work.


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