Tenants

MPS  have put together some of our top tips and advice on how to find a property to rent that ticks all your boxes. So whether you’re looking at renting for the first time, or you’re currently renting and need some advice, we’re here to help.

Important Thing

Finding an area

Picking where you want to live shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s really important to do your homework on locations. You need to factor in three important things.

Public Transport

Whether you are commuting for work or need to get around the city for social and leisure. It is important that it is relatively easy is it for you to get from A to B? If you’re moving to an area that has poor transport links, then you may end up worse off! This would not be desirable.

Amenities

What facilities are local to you. If you’re moving from a thriving, highly populated area with amenities that are within walking distance to an area with not so much around, take into account the travelling time to get to places such as your local supermarket. If you don’t own a car, you should have a good look at how much public transport would be to get to the stores that you need. Find out how easy it is to get signed up to a doctor’s surgery and a dentist, some areas have a long waiting list and it’s always good to be completely in the know before moving.

Schools

If you have children, then schools will be one of the most important parts of the move. Will they still be able to attend their current schools and if not, which schools in the area have the best OFSTED rating?

Opening Schedule

If you find a property you like, try to book a viewing as quickly as you can. The lettings industry is very fast moving, and, in some areas, properties can be let just hours after coming onto the market. Our agents are extremely flexible and want to help you find the property that works for you. They’ll arrange a time that is mutually agreeable for you to view the property, and they will come around with you to answer any queries or concerns you might have.

Once you’ve found the property, it’s time to put in an offer to the landlord. Once the offer is accepted and our team have completed their checks to confirm you’re a reliable tenant, your deposit will be lodged in an approved tenancy deposit scheme. This will ensure that your deposit remains secure during your tenancy period, and you’ll be made aware of where it is held. Background checks include contacting your employer and previous landlord.

Whose responsibility is it?

Once you have comfortably moved in to your new home, it is always helpful to understand your responsibilities as a tenant, and what you should expect from your landlord. Below you’ll find some guidance on what falls under the tenant’s responsibility, and what falls under the landlord’s responsibility.

Rent

This is one of the tenant’s biggest responsibilities. As part of your tenancy agreement, you agree to pay your rent on time each month. Defaulting in rental payments could damage your deposit and future tenancies.

Right to rent

It is the landlord or managing agent’s responsibility to conduct a check to ensure every tenant has the right to rent in England. This check is also carried out on anyone over the age of 18 that will be living with you.

Responsibility over visitors

It is a tenant’s responsibility to ensure that their household, or visitors to their household behave in a respectful manner. Antisocial behaviour could lead to eviction of the tenant.

Looking after the property

Ultimately it is the tenant’s responsibility to look after the home on a day-to-day basis. This means ensuring there is no damage to the furnishings if the property came furnished, reporting any repairs to the landlord or managing agent, changing light bulbs if required and checking smoke alarms are working. Additional responsibilities include correctly disposing of rubbish and keeping to the terms of the agreement in regard to smoking, parking and keeping the garden tidy.

Maintenance

A landlord must also ensure their property meets all of the correct gas and electrical safety regulations. It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that any maintenance issues that have been reported by the tenant are taken seriously and are fixed within a reasonable timeframe.

Bills

Unless stated otherwise, it is the tenant’s responsibility to pay bills, this includes water, gas and electricity. A tenant must also pay Council Tax, TV license and may need to pay for a phone line and internet/TV packages if required. It is also important that a tenant checks their tenancy agreement to ensure they don’t have to pay any additional charges such as community charges.

Gain permission

As a tenant it is important that correct permission is sought before making any changes to the property. This is also required if a tenant wishes to run a business from a rented property.

Access

A landlord must leave a tenant to live in their home without interference. The landlord must gain permission to enter the property and may not enter the property without giving the tenant prior notice and arranging a mutually agreeable time.

Moving out

It is the tenant’s responsibility to ensure that the property is returned to its original state. We always recommend having the property professionally cleaned upon exit to ensure that the deposit is returned in full.

The tenant’s belongings should be removed from the property and all that should be left are fixtures and furnishings that were in the property when the tenant moved in.