Renting Guide

As a prospective tenant, it’s important to choose a letting agent you can trust. This isn’t just for the initial process of finding a place, but problems can sometimes occur during the tenancy itself, so it’s always good to have the extra support needed if any issues arise.

To help prepare you for the world of letting, we’ve created a step-by-step guide of everything you need to know when searching for a place to rent, as well as what happens afterwards. Any questions, just let us know.

1. Finding a property

When thinking about where to start, the best thing you can do is narrow your search down to meet certain requirements. Budget, location and how long you need the accommodation for are all things to think about before actually starting your search.

Getting your wish list in place will really help to save time when viewing properties. An objective approach will allow you to whittle down any potential places to find the one that’s right for you.

2. Viewing potential prospects

Once you’ve browsed for properties, a lettings consultant will take you on viewings so you can see each place in person. While this is happening it’s important to keep your budget in mind. As well as council tax, it’s likely you’ll have to pay for utilities, although every renting option will be different so ensure you make a list of all costs associated with each property you’re interested in.

3. Closing the deal

If you do anything make sure it’s acting quickly when your ideal property comes up. The rental market moves much faster than the buying market, so ensure you’re always ready with the required documents for that inevitable day when you find the right place – believe us, we see it happen all the time.

When you come across the property you wish to let you’ll usually have to pay a reservation fee. Other than this, you’ll need a form of identification as well as confirmation of your current address.

4. Getting references

You will be asked to provide references to both your landlord and letting agency, showing that you have rented in the past without any major problems. In some cases, you may need to provide more information, such as a detailed renting history or confirmation of earnings. However, if this is needed then your lettings agent will let you know exactly what’s required.

5. What to do with your deposit

Tenants sometimes worry about what happens with their deposit, but there’s really no need. Once your deposit is paid in full, the property will be secured and your deposit held until the end of the tenancy agreement.

The deposit is held as the landlord’s cover for any excessive damages that need to be repaired at the end of the tenancy.

6. Signing the Tenancy Agreement

A Tenancy Agreement is a legally binding contract that sets out all responsibilities of the tenant and landlord. This document is signed by all relevant parties and the date upon which the document is signed will serve as your rent’s due date (so it’s worth bearing this in mind when reserving a property).

7. Make your move

Before you move in, all the documents are collated together by your lettings agent and all final necessary payments are made. This signifies it’s time to pick up the keys and move in! But not all’s said and done, you’ll have to inform your local council and utility providers to make sure everything goes smoothly from thereon.

8. Everything else you need to think about

Now that you’re in your new digs and you’ve got your feet up, it’s time to think about what happens next. Hopefully you won’t have any major problems just after you’ve moved in, but it’s handy to know one or two things in case something does happen.

By this point you’ll know who is managing the property you’re renting, with it either being professionally managed by a lettings agent or the landlord themselves. If you have any maintenance issues, then your first port of call will be contacting the property manager to let them know. They will then have to ensure these problems are dealt with within a reasonable amount of time.

In addition to this, your landlord will arrange inspections in advance to check that everything is in order. This usually happens a couple of times a year but if anything breaks down, your landlord will of course be on-hand to make sure everything is sorted.