The outside

 

Does the outside of the property appear to be in good condition?

Does the property seem secure? Are external doors secure? Is there an entry-phone system and burglar alarm?

Is there a garden? Who is responsible for the maintenance of the garden?

What is the area like? Are your preferred amenities and transport links within easy reach?

Are there any potential nuisances?

What are the neighbours like?

Has the property ever been burgled or damaged?

Are the locks of good quality and secure?

 

The inside

 

Is it in good condition? Are there signs of damp, flaking paint or infestations of any kind?

Do repairs need to be carried out? Are there any broken items of furniture?

Is there central heating?

Is it properly insulated? Is there double glazing?

Is there enough storage space for your belongings?

Is there any sign of diy wiring, loose wires or faulty plugs or lights?

Does the kitchen look in sufficient condition for rental?

Are there enough kitchen cupboards and work surfaces?

Are the bedrooms adequately heated? Are there curtains?

Check the bathroom(s) and make sure taps are not leaking. Does the shower work properly?

Are the sealants around the bath and shower intact?

Are there enough electrical points and are they in the right places for your needs?

Is it able to have your chosen tv and broadband supplier?

 

Safety checks

 

Have all appliances had safety checks (PAT tested)? Is the paperwork available to view?

Do the downstairs windows (if any) have locks?

Is there a safety blanket in the kitchen?

Is there a landlord’s gas safety record available to view?

Do the furnishings comply with the latest fire safety regulations (1989 Fire and Furniture Regulations)?

Are there carbon monoxide detectors present?

Are there enough smoke alarms? Do they work?

Is there an easy means of escape in the event of a fire?

General considerations if you decide to proceed

Is the property going to house more than three sharers. If so is it licenced as an HMO

If anything needs to be repaired, you will have to ask the landlord in writing

If the landlord agrees to make repairs, get it in writing

Double-check the inventory before you move in

Get a copy of the tenancy agreement and make sure you fully understand it

Get (and keep) your own signed copy of the tenancy agreement

Can you ask previous tenants about their experience of the landlord and the property?

Check and note all metre readings on the day you move in

Ensure that you can choose your fuel supplier if you are responsible for the bills.

 

 

Financial considerations 

 

How much is the rent and what is included?

What other bills are there and what are you liable to pay for?

How much of a deposit is required? What are the conditions for the landlord deducting money from the deposit (any terms within the tenancy agreement?

What are the estimated running costs of the property (found in the contents of the EPC?

Can you comfortably afford the rent on top of the deposit and running costs?

 

Our Agency Fees

 

Flat / House / Bedsit / Studio (1 Applicant)                                           £200.00

Flat / House / Bedsit / Studio (2 Applicants)                                         £300.00

Additional per person                                                                                    £50.00

Student (per person)                                                                                     £125.00

Garage                                                                                                          £50.00

 

Check Out :

1 – 3 Bedroom Property                                                                                 £100.00

4 Bedroom Property                                                                                       £120.00

5 Bedroom Property                                                                                       £150.00

6 Bedroom Property                                                                                       £180.00

7 Bedroom Property                                                                                       £210.00

 

Pet Deposit                                                                                                    £200.00 maximum

 

Should you have any further questions then please feel free to contact us.