Tenants Guide

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Establishing your finances

Understanding what your budget is before you start your search gives you a realistic idea of the size, location and type of property you can afford and make the search process much more efficient.

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Identifying location and requirements

Whether you are looking to move into your first flat or house, or you are relocating from an existing property, you will need to identify the area you want to move to and what your specific requirements are. The more you know about what you want from both the property itself and the area, the easier your search will be.

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Choosing the type of let

The type of let you decide upon will depend on your circumstances, but whether you are looking for a short stay or something longer term, there are properties to suit every need.

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Searching for and viewing properties

The more you know about what you want, the easier your search will be. Checking out the surroundings can give you a real time feel for the neighbourhood, as well as actual distances to transport links and other local amenities.

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Securing a property to rent

The rental market moves at a fast pace and quality properties are often secured very quickly. If you are moving in with others, ensure you are all in a position to make a decision promptly after viewing the property. So, once you have found a property you want to move into, this is the 'let agreed' stage of the process, but remains subject to contract. This is when you will go and through reference checks, pay a holding deposit. (Equivalent to one weeks rent)

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Preparing for moving day

The day you move house is likely to be a busy one, but you can make the process less stressful with good preparation. If you have grown attached to your home over many years, the move can also be quite emotional, but following our advice will help you plan and manage the day.

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Possible problems and pitfalls

While a tenancy agreement will protect your rights as a tenant, there are various scenarios you may encounter which may cause issues. Therefore, it is wise to plan ahead before committing to a tenancy.

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