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Guidance On Renting A Property

  1. Find a property on Agent Free Properties.com
  2. Get Checked
  3. Pay A Deposit
  4. Sign A Tenancy Agreement & Inventory

Find A Property On Agent Free Properties

Search for properties available to rent on our website and click the 'Contact seller' button to arrange a viewing.

Get Checked

When you find a suitable property to rent the landlord will want to make sure that you have the ability to pay the rent, and that you have not had any problems renting a property in the past. Therefore you may be asked for some or all of the following:

  • References from previous landlords - you may be asked to give the details of where you have lived within the last 3 years
  • A credit check - this will allow them to see if you have a good history of paying your bills
  • Your bank details - including bank name, account number and sort-code
  • Details of your employment - your employer, job title, payroll number, salary, previous employer, etc.

In the event that the information highlights any potential risk to the landlord, you may be asked to provide a guarantor. A guarantor will be contractually liable, both financially and legally, should you fail to pay the rent during your tenancy or in the event of damage to the property.

Pay A Deposit

This is usually between one and two months' rent and held for the duration of the tenancy. The deposit is a safety net for the landlord to guard against the cost of replacing or repairing property damaged by the renter. If everything is satisfactory when you leave the proepety, then you will be refunded with this money.

Sign A Tenancy Agreement & Inventory

The tenancy agreement is a contract between you and the landlord. It specifies certain rights to both you and the landlord, such as your right to live in the home for the agreed term and your landlord's right to receive rent for letting the property.

The agreement will most likely contain the following information:

  • Your name, your landlord's name and the address of the property which is being let
  • The date the tenancy will commence
  • The duration of the tenancy
  • The amount of rent payable, how often it should be paid, when it should be paid and when it can be legally increased
  • The agreement should also state what the payments are expected, including Council Tax, utilities, service charges, etc.
  • What services your landlord will provide, such as maintenance of common areas
  • The notice period which you and your landlord need to give each other if the tenancy is to be terminated.

Before you move in you and your landlord should agree on an inventory.The inventory is a simple list detailing every item contained within the property and the condition each listed item is in on the day you move in. You should go round the property with the landlord and agree the state of each item before signing anything. If necessary, take photographic evidence to give you extra protection and to avoid any unnecessary disagreement at a later stage. You will be expected to sign the inventory and initial every page, along with the landlord.

It is not uncommon for landlords to carry out regular inventory checks at the property in order to assess any damage that may have occurred. Find out if there are regular checks planned and when they are likely to take place. It is most common, however, for a final inventory check the day you are scheduled to move out.