Despite the fact that many people around the world rent out properties, it can still be quite daunting for individuals to find somewhere new that they can call home. Buy to let accommodation offers so much flexibility and freedom, since there are many different properties out there and you’re not tied to one area (a great benefit if you ever decide that you want to move). However, there’s still a lot that you should know and consider before you start your search for the perfect rental home.
One quick note: we’d suggest getting the help of an expert to assist you through your journey. From finding the right place, to getting legal help; there are many professionals who have the experience and knowledge needed to provide clients with all the information and help they need when finding the ideal accommodation. Be sure to keep this in mind if you want everything to go as smoothly as possible.
Top 4 things you should do before anything else
Also, it can be essential to determine where you’re going to start your search (i.e. the location that you’re going to want to be living in). Take transportation into consideration, as well as things like local amenities, where you work and how close you are to your family and friends. Remember that all of these will be important to you later on.
These are just some examples of what you need to get sorted before you can start the process of searching for your new home.
Finding a home that not only suits your needs, but is also safe and secure
Once that’s taken care of, you can start looking through the many properties available to you. While it can be quite overwhelming, it’s important that you take your time to find the right home. It’s often wise to make a list of properties you want to view based on your wants and needs, then take a closer look at them to see if they’re likely to be a good fit.
While it can be worthwhile to keep an eye out for any obvious issues like mould or cracks when viewing, don’t forget to inquire about the safety of the properties that you are considering, too. Make sure you ask for the Gas Safety certificate, EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) and any other pieces of important documentation and additional information before you make a commitment.
Other things related to safety and security that you need to pay attention to include:
15 questions you should ask the landlord when viewing:
These are just a few of the questions that can help you to get a better idea of whether or not you should go further with this particular landlord.
Signing contracts and moving in
If you feel that a property is ideal for you, are happy with the landlord’s terms and are ready, you’ll need to sign the necessary paperwork and get everything together to move in. Keep in mind that before signing, you may be asked for proof of identification to prove that you have the legal right to rent (more so in England, than in other parts of the UK).
Read the agreement carefully, in full, before signing it. Most commonly, the contract used is an AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancy), which contains a lot of useful information, like the length of the agreement for example. Of course, you should already know all of these things, but ensuring that they’re included on the contract can be important.
Finally, you should be given: