Moving into your own place for the first time can be a difficult process especially if you have no previous experience in renting a property. However, with proper knowledge and guidance first time tenants can avoid costly mistakes. In the text below you will find important guidelines regarding renting a property for first timers. The importance of legal documents such as a property inventory will also be discussed.
Tip 1: You shouldn’t have to pay letting agents to register:-
If you register with a letting agent they are not allowed to charge any fees for registration. However, once they have found you a place they can charge you for fees for services such as credit reference checks.
Tip 2: Make sure the property is safe to live in:-
Safety certificates such as the gas safety certificate and electrical safety certificate should be available to represent the condition of the property before you sign any agreement.
Tip 3: Make sure that your deposit is protected:-
The deposit you submit to your landlord must be protected with an approved government scheme within 30 days.
Tip 4: Make sure that you have a seen an inventory report:-
Make sure that you are presented a property inventory that accurately depicts the condition of the property and its contents. Make sure that you review the complete list with either the landlord or the letting agent. You can take pictures of your own as well to avoid disputes later on.
Tip 5: Know your rights and responsibilities:-
Renters have both rights and responsibilities. You should clarify them with your letting agent before you proceed with the agreement.
Moving into a new home for first time tenants may not always be easy however with proper support this process can be made as smooth as possible. For more information regarding all tenancy related matters such as tenancy agreements or a property inventory get in touch with ZJay Inventory Services today.