You’ve just found your perfect property and are keen to move in. There is a lot to think about… here are our top 5 tips for moving into rented accommodation.
Make sure you consider everything. If you don’t know the area, visit in the evenings, check out the local shops and don’t be embarrassed about saying hello to the neighbours. Think about gardens and parking, what is available? Does the property have all the white goods you need? What will it look like when the furniture is moved? Have you checked there is enough storage?
This is the most important document of your tenancy. It is your legal contract with your landlord and will almost certainly be a long document(!) Make sure you receive a copy in advance and have the time to read through and understand your obligations. Always ask about anything you are unsure off. A good agent will be happy to answer any queries. Free, impartial advice is also available from the CAB.
The second most important document of your tenancy. Your deposit should be protected by an independent scheme in Scotland. Make sure you are happy with the inventory, this will be vital in the event of a dispute. You will normally have a few days to amend and return this to your agent or landlord. Be sure to add anything you think has been missed (not matter how minor it seems) especially with regards to cleaning. Sign the inventory and keep a copy so you can refer back to it at the end of your lease, you may not be able to remember details a year or two down the line.
Is your new property safe? You would hope so, but how can you check? A copy of your gas safety certificate should be made available, check this is in date and has passed the last inspection. A good agent will also be able to provide copies of electrical wiring tests and portable appliance tests, as these are industry best practice. You should always be provided with a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate for your property.
Think about who is going to look after the property after you move in. If it is an agent, are they regulated? If it is a private landlord, what experience do they have? Ask about the process for reporting repairs and what happens in an emergency.
If you are looking for any advice on renting in Scotland please get in touch. Forth Residential are letting agents based in Bridge of Allan, we manage properties in Stirling and Edinburgh. We have a great selection of homes available for tenants at the moment.