Property rental is enjoying a popular revival in the UK. There are many attached advantages, so it’s easy to see why.
Renting can often be much cheaper than living in a bought property, with fewer outgoings and more predictable bills. Costs are also commonly saved due to the majority of property maintenance being carried out for you.
These factors mean less hassle than if you were responsible for owning a property and are continuing to make rental an attractive proposition. Prior to renting – and throughout the duration of your tenancy – there are a number of ways to ensure that it all runs smoothly. We at Bricknells Rentals have prepared a guide to cover the basics:
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
Prior to you renting a property with us, we’re always happy to answer any questions that you may have. All of our agents are well researched in the geographical areas we cover, so make sure to take advantage of their expertise when you arrange a viewing. Don’t be afraid to ask us about anything from the local amenities, to the nearest transport links, to the length of time the property is available.
Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements
It pays to have a sound understanding of basic property rental obligations. Provided the rent is under £25,000 a year, almost all renting contacts are Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) – typically 6-12 months in length. These agreements will specify the deposit you’ve paid, how you’ll get it back and the rental pricing.
Be Prepared Before You Move In
Moving can be a stressful time. You can ensure a smooth transition into your new home by being prepared beforehand. Checking out the best value utility contracts, reading your meters on moving in day, redirecting post beforehand and taking out contents insurance are all valuable steps to take.
Be a Model Tenant
First and foremost, always pay your rent on time. It’s your absolute obligation once you’ve signed the tenancy agreement. Set up a standing order to pay your rent so that it’s always accounted on time. Once you’re in the property, be aware that you can’t sublet to other people or run a business from the premises without informing the landlord. Additionally, make sure you’re considerate to the neighbours to avoid antisocial behaviour complaints.
Look after the Property to Ensure Your Deposit is Returned
Finally, make sure you take good care of the property throughout the tenancy. General wear and tear can be accounted for, but anything more – such as breakage of furnishings – and you may struggle to get your deposit back. We carry out an inventory prior to the tenancy beginning to ensure that any possible disputes can be accounted for.