Hot Tips For Tenants!

 19th August 2016

Are you still looking for the perfect new home?

Are you a student? Or perhaps a graduate who has just secured a new job? Maybe a family relocating to the area? We are here to help!

It may look like there are a shortage of properties left to let in your desired area as we are drawing closer to the start of the academic year, but never fear, there are always new properties becoming available – you just have to be on the ball! We have compiled some useful guidelines to make sure you will get the most out of what is available:

  • Be dedicated: Regularly check on rental sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla; there are properties added daily! You should also contact reputable lettings agencies in your area; and register with them; if there is an option or communicate with them frequently. At times, Agencies start to market properties before they are advertised online - so if you are in regular contact with the agents; there will be an advantage for you in this competitive market.
  • Try to compromise: Distinguish between the essentials and the niceties within your property search! You must be prepared to compromise, for instance if you find the near-perfect home; the location is ideal, the only downside is a feature wallpaper in one bedroom that is not to your taste. Be open-minded, how important is this one feature within the property?
  • Prepare funds: Along with signing all necessary documents like the contract you will need to pay Administration Fees, Deposits; and the first month's rent. If you ensure you have all the funds ready, you are more likely to be approved for a property and be able to move in as soon as needed.
  • Check your ID: A new law has come into place, this year, which requires every tenant to produce a valid passport (and visa, if you are not from the UK). Right to Rent checks have to be carried out on all tenants, please see previous article for information (LINK)
  • Arrange references: In most cases, agents and landlords carry out reference checks. Notify your references before you provide them to landlord/agent so the process is handled swiftly.
  • Be decisive: Good-quality properties are hard to find at this time of year, if you see something that you like; you should look at making an offer immediately. These properties go fast; so secure the property quickly! If you find a property that you like, then consider making an offer straight away.
  • Be positive: Most importantly, stay optimistic; even if it feels like a never-ending search – the perfect property is somewhere out there for you. Just keep looking!

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