9 Things You Should Ask on Your Rental Property Search 30 Jun 2021
Asking the right questions is really important when looking at a prospective rental property.
Renting a property is a big deal, so it’s important to find somewhere that’s going to be perfect for your needs.
1. What deposit is required?
Ask what the deposit amount is, and what the terms are for getting that back at the end of the tenancy. Will it require a professional clean when you leave?
2. What’s included in the rent?
Sometimes bills can be included within the amount you pay per month, or if there is some kind of maintenance fee that might be included. It will help you work out your monthly outgoings.
3. What is the parking situation?
Do you get an allocated space with the property, is it on street parking or is there some other arrangement? If it is on street parking you could even do a drive by on an evening or weekend to see what the parking will be like at its busiest time!
4. Can you have pets?
And are there any restrictions from the landlord that are going to affect your lifestyle? This is important to find out as it will make sure the relationship between you and the landlord starts off on the right foot and stays that way.
5. Are you allowed to decorate?
This might seem like a relatively insignificant thing and it won’t be important to some people, but for others it could be a dealbreaker – especially if you’re planning on living somewhere for quite some time.
6. Don’t get yourself in hot water
Are there any leaky taps or signs of limescale in the bath or sink? – Leaky taps means you’re paying for water you aren’t using! What’s the water pressure like? Don’t be afraid to check when you go for viewings.
7. Are there any signs of damp?
Check for signs of moisture in corners of rooms, by windows and on ceilings. This can be caused by poor ventilation, so it may be that the previous tenant dried their washing somewhere without opening a window, however it’s always a good idea to ask the question.
8. What is the protocol for emergency maintenance issues?
Is there a maintenance contact, a letting agent, or the landlord themselves? Hopefully you won’t need these, but it’s always useful to have the emergency numbers on speed dial just in case.
9. What are the neighbours like?
Do you have any? What are they like? If you get a chance to speak to some, do; it’s good to know who you will be living in close proximity to and it’s a great way to get a feel for the local area, too.
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