Before Choosing A Rental Property
When viewing a new rental property, it is important to check several things.
General Condition - Does the property require any cosmetic improvements? If yes, then ensure that you are specific and list each issue that requires attention when making your offer. This should include walls/rooms that require painting, carpets that need replacing, loose door handles that need tightening.
Furniture - If the property is furnished, is the furniture of a suitable standard? does it require cleaning/fixing? and does each item carry the relevant fire safety label?
Utilities - Check the gas, water and electricity meters for payment methods. Turn on the water to check the pressure, is it strong enough?
Heating - What type of heating does the property have and is it sufficient enough to heat the entire property? Gas, central heating is most cost effective but uncommon in modern properties, which retain heat more efficiently. If it's gas, an annual inspection should be carried out (by law) by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Ask to see the certificate!
Security - Are the doors and windows secure, and do they open and close properly? Are there burglar and smoke alarms and are both in working order?
Outside - If there is a garden or communal areas, ask who is responsible for the upkeep.
Cleaning; Does the property require a professional clean, don't expect this to be carried out of you haven't requested it.
NB. Make sure that your offer and its terms are accepted in writing by the Landlord(s) or their agents before proceeding. Agree a date before move in to go back to the property and ensure all works are complete, delay the move in date if they are not.
What Happens Next
Butler & Stag will prepare the Tenancy. You will be contacted by one of our Lettings Administrators who will assist you through to move in.
References; Butler & Stag use a professional referencing company to carry out full references for each tenant that will be living in the property. You should expect to receive an email from our referencing company, containing a link for you to follow and complete relevant information about yourself. Credit checks, previous rental history and employment status' will all be checked.
Tenancy Agreement (TA); Butler & Stag will produce the tenancy agreement which is a legal binding contract between you as the Tenant(s) and the Landlord(s). It will detail the responsibilities and rights of both the Tenant(s) and Landlord(s). Please ensure you read through the TA, thoroughly ensuring that you are happy with all of its content.
Payment; Before your move in can take place, we require cleared funds in our bank account for all associated costs for your rental. This will include the agreed amount of rent paid in advance (usually one, six or twelve months), a damage deposit (usually the equivalent of six weeks rent) and any fees being charge by Butler & Stag.
Inventory/Check In; This is a full and detailed report providing evidence of the exact cosmetic state of the property and its contents upon move in. Whether you are meeting an Inventory Clerk at the property or receiving the Inventory separately, please ensure that you check the report thoroughly before signing.
Move In; We can meet you at the property or in the office to handover the keys and wish you well in your new home. We will arrange standing order payments for your rental payments and inform you of who is responsible for day to day management.