WHAT DO I CHECK WHEN I AM VIEWING A PROPERTY? Condition of the property Furniture is fire retardant Fire safety features, e.g. smoke detectors, fire alarms and fire extinguishers Electrical fittings correctly installed, e.g. no loose wires or faulty plugs All gas appliances have a Gas Safety Certificate issued by a Registered Engineer.
WHAT TYPES OF CONTRACTS ARE AVAILABLE? Assured Shorthold Tenancy Licence It is advisable to get some assistance in checking any documents you have to sign
MAIN CONTRACT OBLIGATIONS 1.Pay the rent on time 2.Pay all the utility accounts 3.Keep the property clean and in good condition 4.Don’t cause a noise nuisance to your neighbours 5.Report any repairs to the landlord or his agent immediately 6.Hand the property back in the same condition as when you moved in
LANDLORD CONTRACT OBLIGATIONS 1.To give you an inventory of the property’s fixtures and fittings 2.To let you live in the property free from harassment 3.To comply with Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 4.To insure his/her fixtures and fittings within the property 5.To protect your deposit under Tenancy Deposit Protection
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I MOVE IN? Check the inventory thoroughly Take photographs Take meter readings for the gas and electricity Contact the utility companies and transfer the gas and electricity accounts into your name Take out insurance for your own belongings
WHY HAS MY DEPOSIT NOT BEEN RETURNED? Failure to return all keys at the end of the Tenancy. Unpaid Rent Missing Items Damage to the property Non removal of rubbish Non payment of bills Rogue Landlord/Agent Property inadequately cleaned