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Top 10 Tips for Tenants
Top 10 Tips for Tenants in Hendon
Make sure you have a thorough understanding of the area in which you're looking to rent:
- What are the rental values?
- What kind of Council tax will you be paying? This useful tool will certainly help.
- Do the transport links meet your requirements?
- Are the local schools suitable?
2 Letting Agents
Choose your letting agent wisely. Use a well-established name with a good reputation and ensure you ask to see what professional bodies they belong to. Please feel free to call Belvoir Hendon to discuss how we work with tenants and ensure your tenancy runs as smoothly as possible.
3 Rental Set-Up Costs
Make sure you have the correct finances in place to ensure the property you're interested in is a viable option. You'll be asked to pay a deposit (up to six week's rent) and your first month's rent up front.
4 Additional Costs
Although some monthly rents include bills, it is more common for the tenant to pay the Council tax, utility bills and the TV licence. Before renting a property it would certainly be worth asking the landlord or agent for an estimate of how much these bills might typically be.
How has your deposit been protected? It is a legal requirement that your agent or landlord register deposits with a government-approved tenancy deposit scheme.
Who can you get hold of if you have problems outside of normal working hours? At Belvoir Hendon we take our tenants' problems very seriously, so please do get in touch if you'd like to find out how we manage this process.
7 Read your Tenancy Agreement
This is the legally binding document between you and your landlord. It will contain all the information about how your let will run, who is responsible for different elements and its duration. There is a lot of fine detail in it, so please do take your time in understanding it before signing.
8 Contents Insurance
Your landlord will have their own building insurance policy in place. However, this won't cover your possessions, so it's certainly worth looking into contents insurance.
9 Be Safe
Most of this is down to common sense. Make sure the property is secure if left unoccupied for long periods. Know where the fuse board and stop cocks are - you never know when this will come in handy!
10 Look after the Property
This isn't rocket science - treat the property with respect. Any major maintenance issues will be resolved by the landlord. They won't, however, be responsible for non wear-and-tear for fixtures, fittings or any other contents that they've provided. The landlord will expect the property to be handed back in accordance with the inventory that you signed.
We hope the above has proven useful. If you wish to discuss it further please do feel free to get in touch on 0203 875 6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org