In The Renting Market?
In the market to rent?….I am here to guide you to along the way. Many people rent for different reasons, but no matter the reason, location, time, or season, there are key principals you should take into consideration.
1. Research The Area
Think about the area before you move in. Is it near a hospital? If so, can you hear ambulances all the time? Is it near a noisy pub? Check all the surroundings before you sign. You will not get out of a lease because of external community surroundings.
2. Discus Pets Early
Bring up pets early in negotiations with your prospective landlord,” Plunkett says.
“If the landlord does not want pets at the address, then the tenant should look elsewhere. Having a pet in breach of a tenancy agreement that prohibits pets will generally lead to a possession action and eviction further down the line.”uss pets early
3. Appliances, Appliances, Appliances
Inspect and run ALL appliances (fridge, freezer, washing machine, cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washer, dryer etc.), and report any defects prior to move in.
Responsibility will be determined purely by evidence of what has been agreed between the parties so it’s important to get these agreements in writing.
4. Check The Water Pressure (Especially if in the City)
When you first inspect a property, run the taps and the shower.
If there’s a problem with the water pressure, you can negotiate with the landlord before signing the agreement.
If the tenant does not comprehensively inspect the property before entering into the agreement, they may not be able to resolve these problems later. General rule, make sure all items are working properly BEFORE taking residency of the property.
5. Got Paint?
If there are tasks you want the landlord to do before you move in (for example, painting the front door or steam-cleaning the carpets), then it’s a good idea to have them completed before you sign anything.The tenant can ask the landlord to do this but they can’t compel a landlord to do anything before a tenancy agreement is set up.
The most important thing is to make sure everything is done before you sign the tenancy agreement and before you have made any payments.
6. Conduct A Thorough Inventory
When going through the property’s inventory, make sure you point out any defects and take a note of the state of the items by taking photos and organizing into a cohesive report (I do this for you). Give a copy of the amended inventory to the landlord, keeping a copy for yourself.
7. How Much In Advance $
There is no “normal” amount of rent to pay in advance. Generally, landlords will ask for month and 1/2 rent in advance, although it can be more.
When it comes to the deposit, the amount is also at the landlord’s discretion. Usually landlords ask for the equivalent to one month’s rent as a deposit, but some ask for more (or less) than that; six weeks’ rent is also common,” Plunkett says. Some landlords do not ask for a deposit to be paid at all.
8. Understand Rent Increases
If the tenancy is within a written fixed-term (one year, etc), then the rent cannot be lawfully increased without the agreement of the tenant.
If the tenancy is a periodic assured shorthold tenancy (one which runs from month to month), the rent can only be legally increased by one of three methods:
1) The landlord proposes a rent increase and the tenant agrees to pay it.
2) The written tenancy agreement allows for a rent increase by a clearly defined formula (such as the rent being increased by 5% every 12 months).
3) The landlord uses a statutory procedure to increase the rent. In this case the tenant should seek advice from Citizens Advice. A tenant can contest a rent increase done this way by appealing to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
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