Rental Checklist

Whatever your preference, whether it’s a flat, house, studio or even a room, long or short let, there are certain considerations that need to be taken into account.
Although you are going to be renting rather than buying, it will still be your home for the foreseeable future. You will have an emotional reaction to the property; this should be balanced out with a rational assessment of actually ‘living’ in the property.
Check out local amenities, condition of the property both internally and externally.
Draw up a checklist and weigh up all factors, after all this is where you are going to live.

Does the property appear to be well maintained?
Is their a security alarm? Are all entry points secured?
Is there a garden? Who is responsible for maintenance?
What kind of area is it? Are all amenities within walking distance?
What are the neighbours like?
Has the property been burgled previously?
Can you see any damp, peeling paint or infestations of any kind?
Look at the general condition, does the furniture need repairing?
Is there any central heating? Do the radiators function properly?
Is there adequate Insulation? Is there any double glazing?
Can you store your belongings adequately?
Can you spot any dodgy wiring, any evidence of faulty electrics?
What condition is the kitchen in? Do all the appliances work?
Are there enough cupboards, kitchen equipment?
Check the bedrooms, bathrooms, look for signs of being maintained (no dripping taps etc)
Enquire as to conditions of re-decoration, if allowed at all.
Does it have Wi-Fi or broadband?
There are safety checks that need to be considered, for example, have all electrical appliances been checked (PAT tested)
Are there sufficient measures taken to ensure safety (window locks, burglar alarms et)
Check that all fire precautions and procedures have been adhered to.
There are also the financial considerations. How much is the rent and what exactly is included? What are your financial liabilities towards the rental? Can you comfortably afford the deposit and running costs?
It is prudent to get all information in writing; you need to know exactly what your landlord is responsible for and indeed be aware of your own responsibilities.
Check the inventory prior to moving in. Always have a tenancy agreement and retain a copy of this.
If possible, find out from previous tenants their experience of the landlord and the property itself, as on any removal day, note all meter readings.

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