Tenancy Checklist For Renting In The UK

You’ve got an eye on a really nice flat in a well-to-do part of town that has everything you could ask for. It’s close to work, has enough room for you and the family, has great transport links and is near many shops, bars and other amenities. However, when it comes to renting it, what do you need to have in place?

When renting a property for the first, second or even 10th time, it might seem like a long, arduous process. Fortunately, as we’re about to show you in this blog post, we’ve got a list of things you’ll need to do for renting a property in Leeds, as well as elsewhere in the UK.

Your deposit

As proof that you can afford to rent the flat you’ve been longing after and a form of insurance to cover the cost of maintenance once you’ve left the flat, a deposit is almost always required for renting a property. The amount is usually equivalent to a month’s rent, although in some cases, it can be slightly higher or lower. Make sure you’ve got enough in bank to cover it.

Internet connection

If moving somewhere new, it pays to have your internet connection, plus that of your landline phone, sorted in advance. Arrange for your supply to be cut off at your old home when you move out and have installation prepared a few weeks in advance prior to moving in.

Gas and electricity

The same principle applies to your gas, electricity and water suppliers. Tell them before moving in that you are moving to a new rental property or, if you’re renting for the first time, check out which suppliers are available and arrange installation and payment from the moment you move in.

Change your address

For all those important letters that you get in the post - payslips, council tax payments, bank statements - it’s important to ring the council, your bank and your employer to tell them that you’ve got a new address. This will mean that you’re not missing out on something vital like an unexpected bill or a cheque!

Safety first

Before moving in, check that the property is safe. It should be fitted with at least a smoke alarm and, if it uses gas, a carbon monoxide alarm as well. The electrics, plumbing and so on should be in good condition, while there should be at least one exit in case of fire.

Read through your tenancy agreement

Before signing on that dotted line, you’ll receive a document called a tenancy agreement. In there, you’ll find out how long your tenancy will last for (as a minimum), if there are any extra fees to pay for things like admin and event if you can keep pets. Read through it carefully and have a paper copy of it and think before signing.

Ask your letting agent

If there are any nagging questions about renting such as extending tenancy periods, parking or payment, feel free to ask your letting agent. They should know the answer to most things regarding your new home, plus it will take a little weight off your mind.

Prepare your paperwork

When it comes to sorting out rental payment, you’ll need a few key documents as proof of who you are and your ability to pay rent. Your UK passport, your latest bank statement, utility bills for things like electricity, a payslip or P45, a council tax bill or driving licence - any of these should suffice, with bank statements and passports being the most important.

Pack everything

Last but not least, it’s important to have everything packed before you leave. Do it in instalments, starting from the little things like plants, books and CDs, leaving the big things such as your kitchen appliances and bed until last. Moving in stages can help make the renting process a little less stressful.

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