How to rent a property checklist


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Research different ways to rent a property that you can afford/you like.
Check out how much it costs to rent eg. the deposit for a property and costs incurred while you live there.
Ensure you have information readily available for tenant referencing.
  For properties you are interested in, ask the landlord or letting agent for a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). If they don’t supply one, walk away.
  Ask to see the gas and ideally electrical safety certificates.
Find out which deposit scheme your deposit monies will be protected in.
  Work out how much to offer on the property you want to rent.
Gain written confirmation of your offer being accepted (subject to referencing).
Check your tenancy agreement with a solicitor and sign when you are clear on your rights and responsibilities.
Organise your contents insurance.
Organise your change of address.
Check your inventory is correct on moving in day.
Make sure the heating and hot water work (especially if you rent in the summer).
Keep your tenancy agreement and inventory in a safe place.
Let the landlord/letting agent know immediately in writing, eg. via email and read receipt, if you have any maintenance problems.
Make sure you know what you can/cannot change in the property.


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