What to look for when viewing a property to rent

April 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Is the property in an area that you like?

Does it have enough bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms etc.,

Do you have furniture…. is it unfurnished or fully/partly furnished?

Are the white goods built into the kitchen… would you need to buy or dispose of?

Do you want a garden or just green space close by?

Do you need storage … How much storage does the property offer?

What bills would need to be paid in addition to the rent?

What Council Tax band is the property in?

Can you see the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) for the property?

How much is the rent?

How much is the deposit?

Where will the deposit be protected (it’s a legal requirement to protect any deposit taken for an Assured Short-hold Tenancy)?

Do you have children what are the local schools like?

Do you have a pet… are pets allowed (most newly built apartments have covenants against pets)?

Will you have use of a car so need access to the motorway system or buses, trams, trains….What are the transport links?

Where is the nearest shopping area?

Does the property need any repairs/decorating… would the landlord be prepared to do these before you moved in, or allow you to do them?

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