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  • Writer's pictureMartin Jones

10 Top tips for tenants

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

Here at Next Move Homes Norfolk, our leadership team have over 80 years experience in letting properties, so in this short read we share our 10 top tips for tenants

There can be a lot to think about when renting your new home for the first time. It can be very easy to get carried away in the excitement of moving house but its important to take into account some of the financial aspects and administration.

1:- Understand how much you can afford.

As well as rent, you also need to consider bills, fees, travel and food. (See our guide to budgeting for your tenancy for further information).

2:-Get your references prepared.

With the rent market remaining strong, demand for properties is high. If you are considering renting a property, give your references the heads up first and ask them to provide information quickly.

3:-Create a good first impression with the landlord or letting agent.

The chances are there will be competition for the property you want to rent from other interested parties. From the initial call to the agent, arriving at the viewing on time and completing any paperwork the agent or landlord requires promptly, this will all help towards creating a good first impression.

4:- Understand the tenancy agreement.

As a tenant, you should thoroughly read through the lease agreement. Also take notes and write down any questions that you have. This agreement is also the perfect place to note down any maintenance issues that the landlord has agreed to fix.

5:- Ensure you are 100% happy with the inventory.

An inventory will be prepared before moving in so take time to review this document and ensure that any queries or concerns are raised immediately with the landlord or agent.

6:- Know how to contact your landlord or managing agent if you have any problems.

It is important to have a good relationship with your landlord and communication is key. They need to feel comfortable about renting a property to you and you should feel you can either contact them or the managing agent should you have any questions.

7:- Shop around utility suppliers.

Being a tenant you have flexibility around which utility supplier you use so when it comes down to choosing maybe an energy supplier or broadband company. It is worth taking time to compare which provider will offer you the best value for money.

8:- Be flexible for property inspections or visits.

Your landlord or letting agent will always give notice before arranging a visit to the property. With your permission, they can enter with keys or if you would like be there, try and give a couple of days and times that work well for you.

9:- Understand how much notice is needed when you leave.

Landlords want a tenant who is reliable and if you leave on good terms, you are more than likely to get a good reference.

10:- When the tenancy ends hand the property back as you found it.

When your tenancy is coming towards the end, take time to review the original inventory to ensure that you are handing the property in the same condition as you rented it in. This will ensure there are less queries with any deposit deductions, meaning your deposit will be returned quicker.

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact Next Move Homes Norfolk on 01953 550317 or 01603 536719.

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