Kings offers its 'top tips' for finding and securing the right rental property for you...

published on 24/08/2016  

 How to find the right rental property for you  –

 Preparation is key!

  If you are looking for a property to rent – roll up your sleeves and do some homework before you settle for a place. House hunting is an adventure if you are well prepared. Writing down a list of requirements and make sure that you communicate these requirements to agents/Landlords that you contact (a good agent will take the time to understand what you are looking for!). Carrying out the right research could save you time and increase your chances of securing a rental property that is ideal for you.

• Decide on the area that you want to live in –
Consider the following: The commute to work/ travelling distance to schools, whether or not you need to be in a specific school/ local authority catchment area, if there are suitable recreational areas nearby; access to public transport/motorways; good access to local amenities and convenience in terms of places that you will need to go with frequency.

• Decide on the type of property you will be looking for –
Are you looking for a house or flat, does it need to be on the ground floor or upper floors, does it need to be furnished or unfurnished, how many bedrooms and bathrooms you will need, and will you need any outdoor space? These are a few of the key aspects that you will need to consider when searching for the ideal home, but there are others!

• Set a suitable price range –
Ensure that you can comfortably afford the monthly rental figure inclusive of all likely utility bills, Council tax as well as your own current living costs. Look into the average rental prices across the area that you have chosen and set a budget.
N.B. Don`t forget to account for bills when working out your budget – you will generally have to pay for gas/ electricity, water, council tax, Internet.

• Consider any special requirements –
Do you (or any of your co-tenants/occupants) have any sort of disability, do you have pets will you need an enclosed garden, a garage, driveway, external storage space (to name but a few)?

• Be prepared to prove your income –
Your employer might have to write a letter stating your earnings and length of service (this forms a part of the ‘referencing’ process. Additionally, you may have to produce bank statements or pay slips.

• Make sure you tell your agent if you are considering getting a pet in the future –
You need to make sure that you will be allowed to do this, as without permission or a relevant clause in the contract, you risk breaching your contract if you go ahead and get a new furry friend.

• Discuss all your requirements with your lettings agent –
The more details they have, the better. However, don`t get too stuck into detail as you don`t want to miss out on a great rental opportunity just because you imagined it a tiny bit different.

• Before you arrange a viewing –
Make sure you clarify with your lettings agent that the property meets your requirements so that you don’t waste your time.

The lettings market moves quickly, so once you find something you like, move fast and be ready to pounce before someone else beats you to it.