TENANT Guide to Renting
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Applying to rent a property
- You must view the property prior to making an application to rent it.
- Before you apply ask any questions that you need confirmation of about the property or its contents.
- Make sure that your requested start of tenancy date is one that you can commit to.
- Be prepared to have the originals ready of all your supporting documents required for the application process.
- Be prepared to pay the deposit for your tenancy.
Your landlord or letting agent is required by law to register your deposit with a Government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme within 30 days of you signing the lease documentation. They must also provide you with the details of where the deposit is being held.
The deposit is refundable unless you leave the property in a dirt condition, have damaged the house, its contents or not paid the rent. Make sure you receive a copy of your start of lease inventory confirming the condition of the property when you moved in.
Find The Right Property For You
Decide what you can afford before you start house hunting. You will need to budget for gas, electricity, telephone, internet and a TV licence, as well as food and general household items.
If you do not have a car consider proximity to work and local transport links.
No Tenant Fees
Legislation in Scotland explicitly prohibits letting agents charging you any fees or premiums which include:-
- Holding fees
- Renewal fees
- Transfer fees
- Credit checks
- Reference checks
- Inventory fees
- Copies of the lease
Your Letting Agent/Landlord requires to provide you with a Tenant Information pack as well as instructions on who to contact in an Emergency situation.
- Contact the utility companies who provide the gas and electricity at the property to give them the meter readings and have the bills set up in your name as at your start of tenancy date.
- Contact the local Council to have the Council Tax bill set up in your name as at your start of tenancy date.
- Arrange Insurance, The landlord insures the building and his own contents. You require to arrange tenant insurance for your own belongings.
- Buy a TV Licence - Go to tvlicensing.co.uk to find out if you need a TV Licence.
Throughout the tenancy
- Your Letting Agent/Landlord will carry out regular inspections.
- Report any problem/damage as they happen and keep copies to prove that you reported it.
- Inform your Letting Agent/Landlord if you leave for a break/holiday and leave heating on low to ensure that the pipes don’t freeze – you will be liable for the repairs if they do.
- Your Letting Agent/Landlord requires to give you advance notice of any required access to the property for the purposes of inspection or tradesman visit unless of course in the event of an Emergency.
- You are not permitted to change the locks at the property.
- Make sure you provide the correct amount of written Notice to the Letting Agent/Landlord that you will be moving out.
- Your Letting/Agent Landlord should provide you with details of the Final Inspection/Exit procedure together with an explanation of the process for reclaiming your Deposit after the final inspection has been carried out.
- Leave the property in the same condition as you found it and make sure that you carry out a deep clean (clean everything from ceiling to floor and everything in between).
- Take note of the meter readings taken at the final inspection and contact your gas and electricity provider to bring your accounts to an end as at the end of lease date. Your final bills should be copied to your Letting Agent/Landlord.
- Contact the Council