You will not be able to move in until you have paid your deposit, first month’s rent and any fees.
The letting agent may make an administration charge for processing the application and for completing the relevant paperwork, including the recommended inventory
There is also likely to be a cost made for credit referencing services to undertake the necessary credit checks and references.
Once on your way, this can be a very exciting time and it’s very easy to forget a few important things:
- agree the inventory, which will set out the current condition of the property, the fixtures and fittings and, where applicable, the landlord’s furniture and other contents. This will help to avoid any disputes at the end of your tenancy
- insure your own belongings at the property – the landlord’s insurance will not provide cover for them. It is advisable to check with the landlord what exactly is covered in the policy. Ensure you inform the landlord or the agent promptly of a potential claim on the policy, as a delay may invalidate the claim.
- make sure you know how all equipment in the property works and you have their manuals
- find out the telephone number for the various emergency maintenance services
- tell your gas, electricity, water and telephone companies the day you move in, making your own note of the meter readings
- if you are responsible for council tax, speak to your local authority
- you may also want to speak to your local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator or the residents’ association if the property is in a block of flats.
Looking after your rented property
You will need to pay for fixing or replacing any damage to the property while you are renting it, otherwise it comes out of your deposit.
So, return the property to the landlord at the end of the tenancy in the same condition as at the start, allowing for fair wear and tear.
Remember, if you are away, for whatever reason:
- you still need to pay rent on the right date
- you are responsible for keeping the property secure
- make sure the property is not damaged by the weather
- let your insurer and your landlord know so that insurance arrangements can be made
- give the landlord emergency contact details.
In some parts of the UK private landlords must apply for registration to ensure they are fit and proper persons to let property. Registration is intended to make sure that all landlords meet minimum standards and will remove the worst landlords from the sector. If registration applies in your area check your landlord is registered.