Key questions to ask a letting agent

by Ed Firmin

Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 10:00

When you are viewing a property, it’s vital to ensure that you have all the information you need to know to be able to make a decision about whether a property is right for you to move into.

Below is a great checklist for you to use when viewing a property, make sure all of the below are covered by the time you’ve finished looking around:

  • How long has the property been on the market?
  • Is the landlord accredited? And are you part of an accreditation scheme too? (They don’t have to be, but it looks more professional if they are and they have to adhere to certain standards)
  • How long is the tenancy agreement? Will it cover the summer holidays? Will the agreement cover us as a group, or do we have our own individual agreements? What happens if someone wants to leave early?
  • When is the rent due? What charges are due up front, and what are they for? Does that include VAT? What checks do you undertake, and what information do you need from us? Do you need a guarantor for the rent?
  • How much deposit do I need to put down? Can you let us know what Protection Scheme this will be put into? (They need to register your deposit with a Government recognised scheme)
  • What is included in the rental agreement? Bills? Council Tax? Broadband? Are you happy for us to change utility suppliers if we can get a better deal? How energy efficient is the property (they should provide you with an Energy Performance Certificate so you can see how much you are likely to be paying for your gas and electricity)
  • What are we responsible for maintaining?
  • When do we call you out, and what is the procedure for repairs? How quickly will you get any repairs done?
  • What’s the check-in, check-out process? Is there an inventory? How is this collated? Are there pictures? (if not, it’s wise you take your own dated ones on the day you move in – landlords don’t have to provide an inventory although it is advisable)
  • What furniture is included in the property? Do they have meet fire safety regulations?
  • Where are the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms? Is there a burglar alarm? What other security information do we need to know? Locks on the windows?
  • What insurance does the landlord have on the property, do we need to purchase our own contents insurance?

All of the above should be everything you need to know before renting a property, but if you do have any other queries or would just like some advice about renting a property, please give me a call, I’m here to help.

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