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| How to Reduce Stress when Renting a Property
The majority of advice out there for moving into a property is for home buyers. We are hear to clarify some tips to make the rental process smoother and less stressful for both tenants and landlords alike.

1) Only view and apply for properties with a suitable price and move in date

Check before you view a property that it will be available for your preferred move in date as this is almost always non-negotiable, the same goes for the price of the rent! This will ensure you don't waste your own or the landlords time.

2) Be aware of your rights and obligations

Before signing the lease agreement, it is important to ensure you understand all that is expected of you throughout your tenancy as well as your rights. This eliminates any misconceptions allowing both the tenant and landlord to make a positive start with everything laid out on the table. 

3) Prepare the relevant identification documentation for the application process

To ensure a fast application process and increase the likihood of securing your first choice property, you should be ready to demonstrate you are the ideal tenant by providing documentation such as bank statements, ID, employment pay slips etc. The more evidence you can provide at application, the more likely you will be accepted quickly.

4) Use the information pack provided to set up energy provider

On the day of key collection we provide you with an information pack containing recommended energy suppliers to take the hassle out of searching for the best deals.

5) Report issues and repairs as soon as possible

The sooner we are made aware of an issue at your property the soon we can contact the relevant workmen to get out on the job and resolve the problem! Our workmen are often extremely busy with a long list of jobs to attend to so this one is vital to minimise your stress and waiting time.

6) Pay rent on time!

A new study has shown that 87% of landlords main stressor is late rent payments. Keep up to date with your rent by setting up a standing order to avoid the negative repercussions, such as a less than favourable reference from your previous landlord when applying to rent your next property.

7) 1 months notice if you wish to leave or remain at the property

At the end of the tenancy give at least one months written notice, an email is fine, to allow us time to find a new tenant for the property.

8) Keep the property clean and tidy!

The cleaner the property is kept for prospective viewings, the sooner the property will be agreed to let, resulting in less viewings overall and less disruption to your routine.

9) Clean and well kept property = full deposits returned

This will also help to ensure the deposit is returned to you promptly and in full, minimising financial stress when applying for new property rentals.

10) Refrain from leaving any belongings behind

When move out day arrives, its vital you remove all aspects of your belongings! A fee may be encurred for the time required for us to remove and dispose of items left behind. Don't waste your money!


 

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