Organise your finances
Before you start the process, it’s best to organise your finances so you have all the necessary costs covered including; the deposit, the first month’s rent and application fee’s as well as contents insurance and removal costs.
Looking at properties
When you’re ready to start looking for your new home in a chosen area, it’s a good idea to make a list of what is essential for you to have and also ways in which you can compromise.
In the lettings market, properties move very quickly so be flexible with viewings and try to see it as quickly as soon as possible.
Applying for the property
When you’ve found the property you want, ask the agent for their application forms. Each adult living at the property will need to complete one and provide the agents with the information they need to complete reference checks. Most agents will ask you to provide 3 month’s payslips and 3 month’s bank statements, personal I.D and details of your previous address history. At this point the agent will also ask for the application fees to be paid. It’s also a good idea to let your employer and previous landlord know they should expect a call for references.
Once the referencing has been completed and both the agent and landlord are happy with everything, you will need to pay the deposit, which will be registered and held by the government deposit scheme, and the first month’s rent.
Living at the property
Before you move into the property, you will need to arrange contents insurance for all your furnishings and belongings as this is your responsibility rather than the landlords.
On moving day, the agent will meet you at the property and do the check in. At the check in, the agent will show you around the property again answering any questions you may have and this is when the tenancy agreement will be signed. The agent will then provide you with a set of keys for the property and details of who to contact if anything goes wrong. After the check in, the agent will contact the utility providers to let them know there is a new tenant at the property and provide them with the meter readings.
Whilst living at the property you should look after it as if it were your own, keeping it clean, tidy and well maintained.
Most landlords will allow you to make the house your home, whether this is hanging pictures or painting walls in your own colour scheme, however when you leave the property you will need to leave it as you found it, repainting the walls in the original colour and filling any holes.