Questions to ask when looking for a rental property


Finding the right rental property is not always an easy task, but when you do finally find the right place for you, it’s important that you seek property lease advice to determine whether or not the property is actually a suitable fit for you. Although a rental property might look great from the outset, there are a number of checks that you need to make sure that everything is ready to go when you move in.

When you first put in an application for a rental property it’s really important to check that everything in the house is ready to go from the outset, and this means ensuring that all of the fixtures and fittings are working, the connections are working and more importantly that there is no serious damage to the property.

Here are a few key areas that you need to look at before you sign along the dotted line:

  • Inventory
    You will usually be given an inventory that goes with the property and describes in detail the state that the property is in. It’s important that you go through the inventory with a fine tooth comb and note any potential differences that are on the inventory.
  • Services
    In terms of services you need to ask about which services your building has, this includes looking at telephone connections, aerials and various other important attributes. Check that they are in working order and make sure you note anything that doesn’t work properly.
  • Appliances
    You may find that your property comes with a range of appliances including kettles, toasters and various other bits and pieces. You need to make sure that these are all functional and not missing any parts.
  • Extras
    Extras can include anything from your light bulbs right through to an iron that might come with the property. If you have been given something, or if your house comes with something, then you need to make sure that it works. If it doesn’t work and you don’t report it you could find out all about it come return of deposit time.

If you are looking to move into a rental property then it’s important that you take the time to cover yourself, and make sure that you aren’t paying for someone else’s carelessness. Take precautions to ensure that you list any problems that you find with the rental property and in return you will ensure that you get your full deposit back.

Paul James is a journalist and freelancer based in the UK.


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