If you are thinking about renting a property, it is often a big commitment and can be a very stressful time. It is important to get general advice on how to go about it, so your moving in process will run as smoothly as possible.
A lot of private landlords let their property through a letting agent so you will be dealing with a letting agent, rather than the landlord direct.
It is important that you rent your property through a reputable letting agent, with a code of practice.
There are a few basic questions that you should ask before you take a property -
1. How and when do I pay my rent? Most landlords ask for the rent to be paid by Standing Order on a certain day every month. This is easy to do an saves a lot of time.
2. How long will my Tenancy be for? Most tenancies are for either 6 or 12 months.
3. What happens with my deposit? All landlords require a deposit. It is then held in a Deposit Scheme.
4. Do I get copies of Certificates? You will get a copy of the CP12 (Gas Safety Certificate) if applicable. You will get a Energy Performance Certificate.
They are just a few of the main questions that you need to ask before you take a tenancy.