Have a good look round the accommodation before making a decision. You might find the following checklist helpful:
- Are there any signs of dampness?
- Do the windows open?
- What security is available (i.e., window locks, burglar alarm)?
- Is a smoke detector provided and is it functioning?
- Who pays for the heat? What hours is it on, and who controls it?
- What other bills will you have to pay?
- Is hot water available all the time?
- Are the cooker and fridge in working order?
- What sort of condition is the bathroom in?
- Do you have to share the bathroom, if so, with how many others?
- Is there storage for bicycles, etc?
- Is there a bus route or other transport nearby?
- Are there shops and other facilities nearby?
Landlords will usually ask for a deposit, which might be a week or month's rent. Make sure you get a receipt for any deposit you pay.
Before you agree to rent
- Make sure you can afford the rent being asked.
- Make sure the landlord will give you a rent book.
- You should agree a list of furnishings and appliances provided with the landlord. This will help to prevent disputes when you are leaving. If there are any signs of damage by previous tenants, make sure this is noted too. This list should be included in the rent book .
- If there are outstanding repairs, ask the landlord to state in writing that he will carry them out.
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