Advice to Tenants
This may be your first venture into renting and we’re sure you’ve heard many horror stories. The vast majority of Landlords are decent, fair and want their Tenants to live in a safe, healthy, happy environment at a reasonable market rent.
In our experience the majority of problems that occur between Landlords and Tenants are the result of a lack of communication and formalised agreement between parties. Please be assured that professional, respectable Landlords will use professional, respectable Agents.
Using an established, professional Agent should ensure that the communication between you and your Landlord or Property Manager is good. They will let you know what you should do in an emergency and ensure that everything agreed is formalised properly in the Tenancy Agreement.
The Tenancy Agreement should be drafted specifically for your tenancy and include the following basic information;
- what property you are renting
- what rent and deposit you are to pay
- who will be holding the deposit
- who is responsible for all the bills payable at the property.
The Landlord usually pays ground rent, service charges, mortgage charges and insurance for their property (but not your personal effects).
- Tenants are usually responsible for all utilities (gas, electric, telephone, water rates), council tax and television license.
- If there is cable/satellite television or an alarm, check who will be paying for these.
- Gardens are usually the responsibility of a Tenant, however some Landlords may arrange for a seasonal tidy up.
- Your Landlord is required by law to supply you with a safe environment in which to live and to do basic repairs, within a reasonable time; if you have used a qualified Agent they will know this.
- You will be responsible for any damage or loss that occurs as a result of your negligence or misuse of their property, but there should be allowance for fair wear and tear. When putting an offer forward you will usually be asked for referencing information, proof of identity and a financial down-payment to show you are serious about the offer you are making.
- In return you should be able to ask the agent to stop marketing the property until your offer has been considered by the Landlord.
- Always get a receipt for any monies paid over and if you are giving formal notice, to your Landlord or their agent, ask for written confirmation of receipt of the notice.
- Reputable Agents will have well trained staff and good procedures to ensure your tenancy runs smoothly and will be members of a Regulatory Body.