Questions to ask when viewing a rental property
After you have completed your property search and identified which rental properties fit your criteria, it’s time to think about viewings.
As a tenant, you’ll be attending at least one or two viewings before moving in somewhere. It’s important that you ask questions.
How much are bills and will I need to pay them?
It’s vital to know whether a landlord is intending to include bills in your rental payment, as this will affect your monthly outgoings. It’s worth asking for an idea of how much each one might cost, so you can determine whether this fits into your overall budget.
How much is council tax?
It’s important to find out how much it’s going to cost, as council tax rates vary across the country! Properties fall under different council tax valuation bands and each local authority will charge a monthly cost for each different band.
What are the neighbours like?
It’s likely that whoever is showing you round will inform you of who lives next to them! It might be worth pushing for more details. You should think about what sort of household you’re going to be and whether your lifestyle will impact on those around you.
What is there nearby?
Ask about the local area and what to expect. It’s best to find out about the local transport links and local shop, plus any other things you need to be close to such as schools, gyms or parks.
How long is the contract?
It’s important to ask how long the contract is going to be, as some landlords may only be offering a short-term agreement. As well as the length of the contract, consider asking about an official start date, so you can plan your move/schedule accordingly.
When is the rent due and how should it be paid?
Rent due dates vary and although you may expect to pay rent at the start of a month, this is regularly not the case, you’ll need to plan your finances around this.
How much is the deposit?
The damage deposit is likely to be in the region of one month to six weeks’ worth of rent and is commonly required to be paid up-front.
Am I allowed pets?
All landlords will have their own policy on pets, with some more lenient than others. It’s important for you to know where you stand from the off, as it could stop you getting into a dispute at a later date.
How energy efficient is the property?
It’s beneficial for you to know how energy efficient the property is, as a faulty boiler or poor insulation could cost you more in bills each month.
There may be other questions you need to ask, to figure out if the property is suitable for your specific circumstances and it’s crucial you do your best to get these answered.
If you’re looking for any more advice or information, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.