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Renting a flat or a house in the UK is huge business. According to The Guardian, UK tenants paid a record £50bn in rents in 2017. It’s predicted that the total rent bill will pass the amount paid by homeowners for their mortgage bills. Home ownership is becoming further and further out of many people’s reach and with limited social housing available, most people turn to private renting from a landlord.
Here is a checklist of what to look for in rented accommodation from a tenants point of view. Landlords can protect themselves with landlord insurance from homelet.co.uk/landlord-
- Deposit Protection – Check what protection your deposit will have if your landlord requires one.
- Children, pets and smoking – What does your landlord allow?
- Tenancy length – How long is the tenancy contract for? Can it be extended? Is it for a fixed term?
- Bills – Who is responsible for water, electricity, gas and council tax bills?
- Smoke and fire alarms – make sure these are fitted and working. The landlord is responsible to install them.
- Fixtures and fittings – Are these satisfactory?
- Check over the contract – If the building becomes unfit to live in due to flood or fire make sure you are excused from paying rent.
- Ask the landlord if the property is mortgaged, because if the payments are not kept up you may have to move out.
The next list is of some of the finer details of questions you may want answered.
- Who is responsible for the up keep of the gardens and hedges?
- Is the outside of the property in good repair?
- Are all the door locks and window locks working?
- What are the neighbours like?
- What is the area like?
- Check the bathroom and make sure taps are not leaking. Does the shower work properly? Is the sealant around the bath/shower intact?
- Is there central heating? Do all the radiators work properly?
- Is it in good condition? Are there signs of damp, flaking paint or infestations of any kind?
- Is there any sign of dodgy wiring, loose wires or faulty plugs or lights?
- Have all appliances had a safety check if included?
- Is there a safety blanket and fire extinguisher in the kitchen (required by law)?
I hope this list of points will help you to know what to look for in rented accommodation with a peace of mind. Of course let me know if I have missed anything out!
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