Advice for tenants
Deposits - It is required that a deposit is needed (usually 1.5 month’s rent). This is held during Tenancy by the 'Deposit Protection Scheme'
Prepare your references - To move the renting process forward you are required to have references from your current landlord, your current employer, confirmation of your current address /& a character reference. Please be aware that time is money to a landlord and having your references to hand will greatly increase your chances of securing the property.
The Agreement - Always check and re-check the tenancy agreement, this contract is legally binding. If you are unsure, please ask us. Should it be agreed that the landlord would remove something or add something to the property; this must be outlined in the contract in order to strengthen your legal position.
Inventory List- An inventory is usually agreed at the beginning of the tenancy. Ensure that you pay close attention and check everything on this list as if there are any defects or problems at the end of the tenancy, you can be held responsible. Be ready to check out at the end of the tenancy so you are in a better position to re-check this list.
Utility bills - The tenant is usually responsible for gas, electricity, telephone, council tax and water. At the beginning of your tenancy you should transfer the accounts into your name and note down the different meter reading at the beginning and end of your tenancy. This will ensure that you are prepared for any disputes, should they arise.
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