Whether it’s your first time flying the nest or you’re a seasoned renter, finding a rental property that’s right for you can always feel a little daunting, no matter how excited you are.
It can be relocating to a new area, moving out on your own for the first time or changing your living arrangements. We're here to help you at every step of the way, no matter what your reason for moving is.
That’s why our team of experts at Briscombe have pulled together a list of X things to expect within your rental journey to help you feel good about your move.
Finding your new home
Even if you’re only planning to stay in your new rental for a short period of time, it’s important to feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Be sure to take a look at the local area, check the property amenities and layout, and take the time to scope out the other properties near you.
If property hunting isn’t your forte, spend some time reading our Expert’s Guide to viewing a property here.
Right to Rent & Referencing
After you’ve found the right property for you, you can expect to face three main background checks before landlord approval and the following agreements. These checks will ensure that you’re the perfect fit for the property and landlord.
The first check is confirmation on your right to rent which typically involves bringing your passport to the landlord or agency. A right to rent check ensures that tenants hold legal status to live and rent in the UK, so it’s a step you can’t really skip!
Next, there will be a background check on your credit history which will include a CCJs. If you fail the credit check, you’ll likely require a guarantor to continue with the process.
Lastly, a reference will be needed to give the landlord some insight into your background. This reference is preferably from a previous landlord or, if you’ve never rented before, an employer.
As a tenant, you’ll need to pass all of these checks before you can sign the Tenancy Agreement and, eventually, move into the property.
Once you’ve passed all the checks, you’ll be expected to pay a Tenancy Deposit which will cover any damages that could occur while you’re living in the property. Legally, the Tenancy Deposit must be no more than 5 weeks rent. If there are no damages to the property, you’ll get this back when you move out.
At this point, it's likely that you will have already paid a Holding Deposit. Not to be confused with the Tenancy Deposit, the Holding Deposit should not be more than 1 week’s rent and allows the property to be taken off the market while background checks are being made.
Before you move in…
Prior to your move-in date, several processes must be completed to ensure everything is prepared for a seamless transition into your new home. These things include:
After you move in…
So, you’re all moved in, but what happens next? After you move in, there shouldn’t be any further back and forth between yourself and the agency or landlord- aside from any maintenance issues, of course. However, periodic inspections will occur throughout your tenancy to check the standards of the property are being maintained. Don’t worry, you’ll get notice before these checks occur and you can always rearrange to a time that works for you.
If you want to give us a call, to ask us for any letting advice, our expert sales & lettings team is on hand to answer any questions you might have.
Call: 0161 7930 007
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