Guide To Renting A Property

Where should I move to? 

There are four main points to weigh up in order to decide the best place to live.

Your budget- This will be the most limiting aspect of your search, you need to decide how much you can comfortably afford to pay in rent each month (not to forget utilities and council tax if not included).

Proximity- A lot of factors can influence your ideal neighbourhood, most common will be somewhere you can either commute, or have access to transport to work, university or your kid’s school, , local amenities and shops.

property specification-What is most important to you, decide what type of property you would like(ie, flat, detached, terraced) how many bedrooms, how much space you need, furnished or unfurnished, standard of decoration, natural light, views etc.

Local amenities- Do you want to live in a vibrant city center with plenty to do on your doorstep, or would you prefer a nice quiet neighborhood, or perhaps somewhere in between.

The frustrating thing is that it is often hard to achieve all four, the properties with the nicest specifications and in popular locations are going to be higher in the budget, and the properties kind on the budget are going to score lower in the other fields. The right property for you is one that fits in with your needs in each area.

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Interested? Why not book a viewing!

Once you find the property you are interested in, book in with your lettings agency as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as properties come and go quickly. 

Sky Property will arrange a viewing tailored to your needs to help you find the property most suitable for you. Our agents will answer any queries or concerns that you may have regarding the property, we will always consider your comments and they are always happy to help!

I’d like to put in an offer, what do I do now? 

 We will put in an offer to the landlord. Once accepted as a tenant and the necessary due diligence has been done to ensure you are a reliable tenant, a deposit will be collected and places into an approved and regulated tenancy deposit scheme. 

This will ensure that your deposit is protected and treaty fairly. Background checks include contacting your employer and previous landlord.

I’ve moved into my new property, However, I have some questions: 

Every tenant and landlord have their respective responsibilities; however, it may be confusing as to which responsibility belongs to you as a tenant. 

Rent: As per the tenancy agreement, the main responsibility of a tenant is to ensure that the rent is paid on time and in full as according to the agreement. Failure in rental payments could affect the return of your rent deposit in full at end of your tenancy period and could potentially affect future rentals that you may be interested in.

Bills: It is important to know whether your property includes bills, be sure to make clear of this before renting. Most times, it is a tenant’s responsibility to pay for the bills which include water, gas, electricity and also Council Tax. It’s also the  tenant’s responsibility to pay for any required TV licence, phone lines and Internet/ TV packages. 

Property care: Another tenant responsibility is to take care after the property, this involves taking care of interior furnishings if the property came furnished, reporting any repairs to the landlord both urgent and those with potential to become larger if left unchecked. Testing smoke alarms and changing light bulbs, making sure that the property is well taken care of by not leaving any rubbish inside and outside of the property, up-keeping the garden area and abiding by any parking, pet or smoking rules. Clear details of the tenant’s responsibility in caring for the property shall be contained within the tenancy agreement that we will explain, the tenant should familiarise themselves with the tenancy agreement.

Maintenance: It’s the landlord’s responsibility to correct any maintenance issues reported to them by the tenant within a reasonable timeframe. The landlord will give reasonable notice to the tenant before access to the property if needed for repairs unless there is immediate threat to health and safety. A landlord also needs to ensure that their property follows the relevant gas and electrical safety regulations, a relevant certificates will be provided to the tenant upon move-in.

Decoration/alterations to the property: If you have plans to alter the interior and exterior of the property, you would need to be sure that it is allowed within your tenancy agreement. Minor decoration/alteration is generally allowed, however any plans for large scale decoration/alteration would require landlord’s approval and if no approval was acquired, you will be in breach of your tenancy agreement which will also result in deductions from your deposit. 

Visitors: It is the tenant’s responsibility that their household, and visitors behave in an appropriate manner, anti social behaviour may lead to an eviction of the tenant.

Moving out: At the end of your tenancy, it is part of the agreement that the tenant needs to put the property back into its original state as to how it was upon move in. We always recommend having the place professionally cleaned to avoid deductions from the tenancy deposit. The tenant will need to ensure that all rubbish is cleared, and all belongings are removed except for fixtures and fittings that were originally present.

We hope this guide provided additional insight and ultimately helps to you enjoy a great tenancy, feel free to share this with anyone that could benefit from this guide!