If this is the first time you have rented a property then there are a few things you need to be aware of and we are here to help you through the entire process.

  • The very first thing is to work out the monthly rent you can afford – don’t forget that you have to factor in council tax, utility bills, food, clothes and of course, living.
  • Be sure to ask what the exact amount is to be paid on the day you sign the tenancy agreement. There is the deposit, normally set at five weeks' rent, to be taken into account so you must be sure you have the funds to cover these things
  • An inventory check-in report will be carried out prior to you moving in and will be given to you to sign and check. You must read through this carefully and mark any amendments on the document and return it to the agent. It is important that you note any discrepancies as this document will be used to assess the property when your tenancy ends. Any damage not noted by you may be charged to you at check out if you have not noted it. It will not be acceptable to say ’It was like this when we moved in’
  • There is a difference between Managed and Let Only properties. When a property is managed you report any issues to the agent who let the property to you. With let only properties you must liaise with the Landlord over any issues. The rent must be paid to either the landlord or the agent but this information will be clear on your tenancy agreement.
  • All deposit schemes are different and you must check with the agent to find out the details of the particular one they use.
  • You must give 1 month’s notice to vacate the property after the contractual period is over. The Landlord must give 2 month’s notice if he wants you to vacate after the contractual period is over. The tenancy agreement can be extended past the agreed term with both parties agreement. Some tenancies have break clauses in – this means that the Landlord can break the agreement six months into the tenancy as can the tenants, both having to give the appropriate notice period.
  • To make any changes to the property such as redecoration or removing a piece of furniture you must have permission, in writing, from the Landlord or the agent.
  • You are responsible for payment of all rent, utility bills, ‘phone bills, internet bills etc. You must also report any damage caused or repairs needed to the agent or the Landlord, depending on whether the property is managed or let only.
  • We are members of the Property Ombudsman.  We are kept in line by Trading Standards so if things go wrong for you, they can help you sort it out -