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Advice For Those Renting Property

Jul 5, 2008
With the high price of property currently it is unsurprising that so many people are instead deciding to look at let properties as a more affordable option. As a tenant however it is important to be aware of your rights, all renters have certain rights that come hand in hand with a rental property. By taking note of your rights you will be able to avoid the few unscrupulous letting agents and landlords still out there.

When you are looking at let properties, no matter what the reason it is important to realise that essentially you are paying for a service, making sure you get value for money is vital. Handing over huge amounts of money at the end of each month and still being disappointed with the situation is heart wrenching. Ultimately it is a home, and you should be happy with this home; while some may find it hard to settle into a rented house or flat, for the sake of your lifestyle it is essential that you do.

Looking at the endless internet sites and newspaper handouts advertising property to let can be a time consuming and ultimately unrewarding task. Finding a property you like then being told it has already been taken is a heartbreaking feeling, although not an uncommon one. This is when the services of a letting agent can be especially useful. Many see the use of an agency as the easy way out of this difficult task, the easy way out however will always end up costing you more.

Letting agency rates do differ dramatically, the fees can range from around twenty five to one hundred and fifty pounds. What you are paying for is not purely them finding you a property to let but all of the administrative tasks related to renting. Normally an agency will deal with producing references to the landlord, taking deposits and producing the legal documentation such as contracts. In addition, if you want a specific house or flat reserved, a holding fee will usually be charged, although this is usually put towards your first month's rent unless you pull out of the deal.

Contracts are of especial importance; termed as the tenancy agreement in the trade it is a vital constituent in securing a property to let. The agreement is a legally binding contract between yourself and the landlord and contains information such as the length of the letting period, the cost of the rent, the date the rent is needed and both parties' responsibilities in terms of the condition of the property. While you may not have legal advice, be sure to read the agreement carefully before you sign.

Once you have moved into the let property it is the landlord's responsibility to ensure that gas and electricity fittings are all safe and in good working order. Under the law it is their responsibility to ensure that gas appliances are checked by a registered CORGI technician in any twelve month period. The records of these checks should also be available to you, detailing any defects or work that has been performed.

When you are settled it is important to understand he rights of the landlord in terms of entry to the property. If there is an emergency situation the landlord is allowed to enter immediately but at any other times they must give twenty four hours notice to enter the property.

Hopefully this article has gone some of the way to detailing the rights and processes involved with renting. With the advice given it should be possible to find yourself the perfect letting property and have years of blissful living.
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Real estate expert Thomas Pretty looks into the property to let market and the rights and responsibilities of tenants.
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