Helpful tips

What should you ask a letting agent when renting a house?

What should you ask a letting agent when renting a house?

Letting agents should not be showing properties with damp or mould problems – and we know this happens more than it should. Confirm which white goods come with the property, including fridge, washing machine and dishwasher. But also make sure the appliances are clean and in good working order – and ask if the landlord will replace them if not.

What to do if there are problems renting a house?

At each rental property viewing, take your time to check the property to make sure there are no problems. If there are any issues with the following, either make it a condition of the contract that they are fixed, or seriously reconsider your desire to rent that property.

Do you need to ask questions when looking for a new home?

Searching for a place to live can be an exhausting undertaking, but going into property viewings armed with the right questions is essential. You can’t always count on a letting agent to proactively offer all the information you need about your potential new home, so it’s important to have a bit of your own research under your belt.

What do I need to know before renting a house?

You’ll need to know how much deposit you’ll be paying, how much rent up front, any and whether any bills are included with the rent. You’ll then be able to decide how much you can afford and whether the property is worth the cost. Don’t forget to check out Council Tax bands and energy ratings too!

Do you ask the right questions when renting a house?

While some renters ask the “right” questions, they often do not ask them in the most beneficial way. Since most of the pricing, location, and utility information will likely already be available in the rental ad, I think you should focus on extracting the information that a landlord doesn’t necessarily want to share.

When to tell your landlord you want a roommate?

If you’re afraid that your partner does not, in fact, meet the good-tenant requirements, it’s still a good idea to let your landlord know you want to add a roommate, and try to work it out. If the landlord is really strict, you may end up needing to find another place with your partner.

Do you need a roommate to move into an apartment?

If you want to have your partner move into your apartment or rental house, here’s our advice: Read the lease or rental agreement to see how many people may live on the premises and whether you need the landlord’s permission to add a roommate (you usually will need this permission).

Can a landlord ask for a big increase in rent?

Unless your rental unit is covered by rent control—or if the landlord is using a big rent increase as a not-so-subtle way to discriminate against you for an illegal reason—your landlord can ask for as much extra money as the market will bear. But just because your landlord asks for a big rent increase doesn’t mean you have to say yes.