Health and safety – what to look for in a property

by Ed Firmin

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at 10:00

This may be something that you don’t really think about when viewing a property, but you do want to ensure that you’re moving into somewhere which is safe and secure.

Of course, all landlords are legally obliged to meet certain standards to be able to rent out a property, and by renting a property through a letting agent, you can be doubly sure that the property has been vetted by them too, to ensure everything is up to scratch and above board.

However, it is important for you to know what to look out for, because something could go wrong after you move into the property, so if you spot anything that isn’t right, then you can immediately inform the landlord or letting agent.

So, when you are looking around, what should you ask/look out for?

In terms of security, ask what will happen in terms of keys – you want to ensure that any previous tenants won’t have access to the property, so how do they prevent this from happening?

You should find out about any alarms that may be installed, and also look at the locks around the property – windows and doors, and check to see if they look as though they work properly.

Ask the landlord/letting agent to show you copies of all safety inspections that have been carried out and ensure they are in date. Look for signs of any damage to plugs or sockets or any wiring.

Ask to see where the fire alarms are, as well as any extinguishers/blankets that the landlord has installed.

Before you move into the property, it’s important to ensure that your contents are insured, you may be able to add on your possessions to your parents’ policy. You can also get a special pen to write your postcode (probably your parents) onto your laptop, bike or any other valuable item, which can’t be seen unless under a UV light, but can easily be identified by police if it is stolen.

Other things you can do once moved in, is to ensure there are no valuable items on show near windows and doors and always lock your doors and windows, even when you’re popping out to the corner shop.

You don’t want to put yourself at jeopardy while at university, so I would advise just considering all of the above, so that you have some peace of mind that you are in the safest hands possible.

To see what properties we have available for next year, or to arrange a viewing, please get in touch here, I’d be delighted to show you round.

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