The Basic Dos And Don’ts of Renting
Finding a property
When you decide on which property to rent, the landlord of the letting agent will charge you a holding deposit worth £100 or more, depending on the place where the space is located. Never forget to get a receipt, because the price would be deducted from your first month’s rent.
Before you move in, it’s also standard procedure for the landlord or letting agent to give you a contract. A generic lease contract in the UK is often labelled as an “Assured Stronghold Tenancy Agreement.” When reading through the contract be sure to lookout for the period of tenancy (a standard contract usually lasts for 6 months to a year), the deposit fee, and how you can get it back, the monthly rent price, and eviction clause.
Here’s a tip. When a contract is handed over to you, don’t sign it right away. Have somebody else look over the clauses, like your parents or friends, because when you hand over a signed contract there’s no going back.
Probably the most contested part of renting is the extra fees. Credit Reference Fees are common extra charges attached with the monthly rent. Landlord or agents charge this fee when they check out your records to see if you’ve had a good or bad history on paying bills. This actually costs just £25 to do, but, most of the time, it pops up in your bill as £100 or more. Now that you know that actual cost of this act, you can negotiate the price down with your letting agent, if your want to save some cash.
A smarter way to get rid of these extra fees altogether is go straight to the landlords themselves. Websites like Gumtree are places where landlords post a vacancy directly.
Home sweet home
Moving in a rental property is very exciting, but don’t get adrenaline get the best of you. You must first make an inventory of everything from the knobs, the cabinets, bathroom fixture, etc. Don’t be afraid to strike out anything from the list if it appears to be damaged or lost. Take a video of the flat, while you’re doing this, so you have an evidence of the state of the flat when you first got in, and you can also use this as a reference point for the property’s condition when you move out.
Once you’re in the property for rent, the landlords don’t have the right to turn up any time. They need to give you a 24 hour notice before showing up, since the property is yours for the time being.
Also, here are some basic things to remember during your lease period:
- Pay the rent on time. Paying it late or not at all is the easiest way to for the landlord to kick you out.
- Behave like a responsible person. If you want to repaint the room, make sure to get permission from the landlord first.
- Don’t be a nuisance to other tenants. It could count as anti-social behavior and can also be a cause for your eviction.
- Never sublet to anyone and operate a business from the rental property. Do these 2 acts without permission from the landlord, and he can and will kick you out.
There are so many reasons why people move out, but whatever your excuse, be sure to get the place properly cleaned in order to get the deposit fee back. Other things you have to look out for are cleaning and exit fees on the house. Remember that the landlord or his agent couldn’t charge you for the normal wear and tear of the property, but they can charge you for things that you’ve broken during your stay.
If you ever find yourself in the position where the landlord refuses to, despite proving that the property is spick and span, you can turnover this grievance to Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme.