Thinking about renting a property? Here are 7 handy tips from us

1. Choosing the area
you would like to live in

Do your research and figure out the specific areas you’d like to rent in. Make a list of the things that are important to you, such as transport links, schools, and access to shops, and use these to focus your search. Be sure to share your list of ‘must-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’ with the local estate agents so they can start working for you.

2. Dealing with estate agents

Identify which local agents are marketing the type of property you like in your preferred area/s and make contact with them. Make sure the agent registers you on the system and takes care to give them all your contact details. The lettings business is fast-moving, and you don’t want to miss out on your ideal property.

Be very clear about when you need to move into your rental property. If you need somewhere urgently, let the agent know. They’ll be sympathetic and will do all they can to find you a suitable place.

3. Viewing properties

Try to be available and as flexible as possible. Yes, we’ve said it before, but the lettings business moves quickly, and when a good property comes onto the market there can be a rush to view and offers are often made immediately. You could miss out if you can’t make yourself available within 24 hours of the agent contacting you.

Don’t necessarily be put off by details in the property. If you don’t like the wall colour, or if the sofa isn’t big enough, have a chat with the agent. We encourage our landlords to be flexible and accommodate tenant requests whenever possible.

If you want the landlord to undertake any improvement works, or add/remove furniture, put in your request as soon as you decide to make an offer. It can be much harder to get these jobs agreed once you have moved in.

4. Dotting the I's and crossing the T's

Once your offer has been accepted you’ll need to hand over your deposit. The agent will be responsible for putting it into an approved tenancy deposit holding scheme and they should pass on the details to you – make sure you hold on to these.

All estate agents will need to conduct security checks on behalf of the landlord, so make sure you have details of all your previous addresses to hand. Likewise, let your employer, and any other referees, know to expect a request for a reference.

5. Fees and charges

When you agree to rent a property you will be expected to pay a security deposit and the first month’s rent. There will be other administration fees that you will be liable for, too, like references and drawing up the tenancy agreement. All tenants fees can be found on local offices microsites.

Within the tenancy agreement you may also find that extra charges will apply if there is an unexpected change of tenant and also at the time the tenancy is renewed. At the end of the tenancy it’s common for the outgoing tenant(s) to be charged for the inventory check-out. Check your tenancy agreement to see if these items are covered.

6. Once in

Find out who is managing your property and make sure you have been given all their contact details. That way, if something goes wrong in the property, you’ll know who to get in touch with.

Look after the property as if it were your own. This reduces the likelihood of disputes over damage when the tenancy comes to an end.

Remember that you should arrange insurance cover for your furnishings and personal property – the landlord is not responsible for insuring these items.

7. Moving out

If the property was professionally cleaned when you moved in, then the chances are you will need to arrange for the same to be done when you move out. Whoever is managing the property – be it the estate agent or the landlord – they will want to see a receipt for the cleaning.

It goes without saying that you should leave the property in tip top condition and remove all your belongings, otherwise you risk losing part or all of your deposit.

What our clients say

I would not hesitate to recommend Art Estates to anyone wanting to sell their property they were brilliant from the valuation to the end Jordan was very helpful.

Louise Wright

I have had a very positive experience with this estate agent. From the very first meeting I was impressed because the agent was very open about the way to market my property.

Andrew Lee

Recently I had a problem which required help from the agency. Art Estates were very professional and patient, and gave me great support. Would recommend them to anyone.

Daniel Naptali

Our Office Lettings Dedicated Team

Joshua Banks

Director

Joshua has been working within the property market for over 20 years. In his spare time, he is often found fly fishing or spending time with his children.

Andy Newton

Sales/Lettings Manager

With 10 years great experience within the sales and lettings industry, Federico will be able to provide a honest and personal service.

Sharon Moran

Sales Negotiator

Qualified with Associate member of The Guild of Property Professionals for sales Sharon has over 4 years experience in Residential Sales.

Alison Whitewind

Accounts Manager

Alison recently completed her AAT accounts qualification and has a vast experience in all aspects of accountancy and estate agency.

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