Advise for Renting a property!?
Make sure your contract is watertight and ask if the landlord has an inventory, if they have (often they dont as the the agency will charge for this), find out exactly what is on it and how detailed it is, just to cover you if anything breaks and needs to be replaced.
Secondly, check the flat for structural work too. I just moved out of a rented house and found a big patch of damp behind a cupboard when I moved it, went to check the exterior of the property and there’s a crumbling patch of brickwork. Now obviously, this is the responsibility of the landlord to fix, but, if any major work needs to be done to it (which I reckon it will), the new tenant will have to be relocated almost certainly. This has happened to friends of mine too.
lastly, I know he/she may be a good friend, but make sure that if they do a runner then you’re not going to be solely liable for any issues that may arise. I had another friend lose a sizeable deposit after a “mate” of his ruined carpets, fixtures/fittings and pee’d off whilst he was on holiday.Posted 6 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Meet the landlord, if he comes accross as a sound bloke you’d go down the pub with or some middle class mumsy who will bake you cake then you’re onto a winner (IME they make good cakes).
If he comes accross as a complete ‘tard, walk away, it’s not worth the hastle.Posted 6 years agobagpuss72Member
Yes, take pictures of any damage and email them to your landlord/s I dd this as there was all sorts he’d not checked like a cracked sink etc just saves argument and the ‘dated’ email with the photos shows it from when you moved in and not later (just if you get keys and no-one meets you there etc) sounds paranoid but it saves problems when you go to move outPosted 6 years ago
Looking to rent a property (city centre apartment) for the first time.
Arranged a few viewing for the coming weeks with my friend who I will be living with.
Any advise on things to look out for? any pit falls or things one not so experienced might not know?
Also any advise on getting a good deal, in fact, what is a good deal?
any advise welcomed! Cheers 🙂Posted 6 years agoKing-ocelotMember
Sounds daft but get your mate to distract the agent/landlord while you nose through the unopened mail by the door. Anything with final remainder etc. On the envolope could mean previous tennents left the property in debt, I’ve had to prove I’m not a previous occupant with my passport to various baliffs.
Draw up a spreadsheet or something with your mate with regard to bills and TV licence, set up a system for paying you both agree on. Also washing bike parts in the sink can cause arguments.Posted 6 years ago
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