5 things to ask when renting a property
Renting a property is a big commitment so make sure you’re clear on what’s included in your tenancy agreement. To help you make the right decision, check out our experienced estate agents’ list of five questions you should ask your landlord before moving in.
What bills are included?
When viewing the rental property of your dreams, it can be easy to start mentally moving in but before you do, you need to be sure that you can actually afford it – and this includes more than just the cost of the rent. It is essential to be clear on what bills are your responsibility so when viewing the property, ask what bills, if any, are included in the rent and what you will be expected to pay.
What is the policy on pets?
We all think of our furry friends as members of the family so it’s hard to imagine that a landlord wouldn’t be delighted to welcome your Saint Bernard into their property. However, a lot of landlords do not allow pets so always ask on first viewing to make sure you can move them in too. Remember, it’s not just our fluffy cats and dogs that landlords may be concerned about but all sorts of animals, from goldfish and rabbits to lizards and canaries.
Am I able to make any changes to the apartment?
Even when you fall in love with a property and are sure you want to rent it, there are often things we would like to change. Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you can’t make changes so it’s worth checking with your landlord about what alterations you are allowed to make. If it adds value to the property, they’ll probably encourage it!
Are any furniture or appliances included?
Just imagine, excitedly arriving with your van full of possessions on moving day, lugging your huge fridge freezer up three flights of stairs, dragging it into the kitchen and discovering there is already a perfectly good one in pride of place. While a bedroom fridge may sound like a fantastic idea, it would have saved you a lot of expense and effort had you checked that a fridge was included with your landlord beforehand. So, be sure to discuss what furniture and appliances will be included in your tenancy agreement prior to signing!
Who do I contact if something goes wrong?
Possibly one of the most important things to ensure you know is who your point of contact is should something in your rented property go wrong. Also, be clear on whether that is the same person in an emergency.
For more information about renting or for help finding your perfect rental property, please feel free to get in touch with our expert estate agents at Chimneypots, one of the South’s leading estate agents covering Hampshire and Dorset. Simply call today on 01489 584298.