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Tips before choosing houses to rent

By Vicky Martin Subscribe to RSS | April 11th 2012 | Views:

For that fourth consecutive month housing prices are rising with a 1.6% increase this August, however with deficiencies in mortgage finance- over 100% mortgages are particularly hard to come by- is it any wonder more people are renting properties for longer.

Read our renting ideas to help you to get the perfect rental pad.

Location, location, location

Location is key with regards to renting and can often dictate the rental price greater than the property itself. Count on paying a premium for inner city locations or areas with good transport links, proximity to city centres, good nightlife or low crime rates - check an area's neighborhood profile for a general guide.

Be aware of costs

On your rent aspect in all your monthly outgoings. Unless they're included, you need to pay for gas and electricity, water, broadband, phone, digital TV and council tax. Additional costs for parking or extra travel expenses could also apply. Also be aware that some landlords pass maintenance or service charge costs to tenants.


Choose your co-habitees wisely. Be careful when placing or answering advertisements for flatmates and hang detailed responsibilities and expectations from another before committing. Are you experiencing similar lifestyles and habits? How would you divide bills and telephone costs? How will you manage payments?

Getting a apartment

It's a wise decision to register with local letting agents being the first one to know when new property Chessington seriously the marketplace. You can search for property online - listings usually include images plus a detailed description. Also keep close track of local newspaper classifieds.

Viewing properties

When viewing flats make sure to keep an objective balance. Check the rentals are in good repair and contains no indications of damp or structural damage. If there are repairs to be completed check if they can be done prior to deciding to move around in. Also discover which furnishings and electrical equipment come in the house whenever you move and whether you will find any extras like a garden or parking space.

Deposits and costs

Together with the first month's rent, you will also have to have a deposit to secure the house to rent Chessington. Normally, this is equivalent to up to two months' rent and repayable once you leave the property. Under new legislation, a landlord is required to place your deposit in the Tenancy Deposit Scheme - ask what type they're agreed to.It's also possible to be asked to buy a appraisal of creditworthiness close to £40, an agent's fee as well as the price of an unbiased inventory check and report before you can move in.


Do not allow the fine print confuse you; read and reread your documents and acquire every verbal agreement on paper so you've a record of your transactions.Ask a lot of questions and check the amount of the tenancy and just how much notice each party must share with leave the property.

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Vicky Martin - About Author:
Vicky Martin is an SEO expert and content writer who has written many articles on Search engine optimisaiton, property for sale chessington and rent chessington.

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