Posted by Admin - 19/04/2016
When searching for a home to rent, the process can seem very daunting. However as long as you are on the ball and stay organised you can end up with the property of your dreams.
- As soon as you embark on your pursuit of properties you need to decide the area in which you want to live and a maximum rent budget. You can enter this information into filters on property portals like Rightmove and Zoopla and set up daily alerts via email which should ideally be on your phone. This ensures that you are notified as soon as a property that matches your criteria is listed. Time is of the essence which means it is paramount that you register your interest as soon as you possibly can.
- When you are booked in for a viewing it is important to ask your agent/landlord relevant questions so that at the end of the viewing you are in a position to make an offer if you really like it. Do prepare a checklist of the features you want from your new home and take it with you so you don’t forget to ask.
- You will also need to understand the importance of the first impression. It is common for landlords to conduct viewings of their own properties so that whilst you are making judgement on their property the landlord is in fact making judgement on you and whether or not you would be a suitable tenant. Ensure that you convey to the landlord that you are trustworthy and that you will respect and look after their property to an agreed standard.
- We would advise you have all documents necessary prepared including photo ID for the recent ‘Right to Rent’ changes and be ready to provide copies to the agent/landlord. If you do not do this, you run the risk of wasting valuable time on the phone trying to get hold of these documents whilst someone else nabs the property.
- Do not make the presumption that just because you have hints of bad credit in the past you will inevitably have your application disregarded. This is not the case and any issues should be addressed at the beginning of the process in order to avoid upheaval later down the line when secrets that you thought were suppressed, are in fact not. You may be asked to supply a guarantor, so consider this carefully and ask someone you trust to be your guarantor if necessary.
- Once you have made an offer and the landlord has accepted it is time to dot the I’s, cross the T’s and supply your deposit, however, before doing so you must confirm that the deposit will be placed into a government approved tenancy deposit holding scheme. (See our deposit registration blog for more info). The agent/landlord has to give you the details of this scheme – make sure that you keep these somewhere safe!
The whole process should be straightforward and easy and there is a wealth of information to set your mind at rest if anything seems not quite right to you. Happy house hunting!