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Guide to renting

A guide for tenants - The rental process

Milestone Estate Agents in Willesden, London

Searching for a new place to live is an exciting time but can also be a trying experience. We want to help you find the home you desire at a price you can afford. Sometimes compromises need to be made - you want a parking space but you also want to live in a particular part or the city. Think about what is most important to you. Are you happy to live in a flat or would you be prepared to consider a different area so you can live in a house? Do you need to be near a station or a particular school? Think about what the deciding factors will be when it comes to choosing a home. What is essential for you? Try to get a feel of the area you want to live in if it is somewhere you are not familiar with.

Key things to think about are:

Area – do you want it to be central or suburban? Area – do you want it to be central or suburban?
Location – Bustling or quiet? Near a park, shops, schools etc Location – Bustling or quiet? Near a park, shops, schools etc
How many bedrooms do you need? Is a garden important to you? Would you consider living in a different area if you could get more value for your money? How about a balcony instead of a garden as a compromise? How many bedrooms do you need?  Is a garden important to you? Would you consider living in a different area if you could get more value for your money?  How about a balcony instead of a garden as a compromise?
Are you sharing? Will the property / location be suitable for all? Are you sharing? Will the property / location be suitable for all?
If there are children in the household, which schools fall within your catchment area and do they have a good reputation? What about local colleges for older children? Weigh up all the pro's and con's – a property may be more expensive to rent but you may be able to walk to work from it, saving money that way. For example, if you have to travel into the city, although rents may be higher, will you save money on fares?

 

Try not to complicate matters too much. Think of it like the person specification on a job advert – what is absolutely essential for you and what is desirable?  Get the essentials covered and then see what else you can get for your budget on top of this.

When you have decided where you want to live and in which type of property you can then start choosing properties and arranging viewings.  We have a huge database and our expert advisors can help you narrow down your choices and assist you in finding the best properties that will potentially suit your needs.  Landlords usually require tenants to move in fairly quickly as they want to start getting this income so won't want to leave a property empty for long.  Usually as soon as one tenant moves out, another one is in and if you hang around, your ideal property could quickly be let to another eager tenant.

If you prefer to search for a property yourself, you can use our simple online search facility which should match you with properties that will suit your requirements from location to budget.  We update our database every few hours so the latest properties can be found as soon as they are ready to let.

When you have found a suitable property, either by yourself or with the aid of an advisor the next step is to arrange a viewing.  We will try to do this at your convenience and can arrange viewings in the evening or at weekends if time is difficult for you.  We can also arrange multiple viewings to offer you a wider choice.

We are confident you will find a decent property that matches your needs within a short space of time, but won't rush you into a decision.  When you have decided you want to rent a particular property, we can contact the landlord and let him know we have reached the ‘agreed letting' stage.  We will need to confirm your references before you move in and once these have been checked, we are ready to draw up the Tenancy Agreement.  At this stage we will require you to pay the deposit and first month's rent in advance.  We operate under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme which provides you with protection when it comes to the return of your deposit.  Further information can be found here. A Tenancy Agreement is a legally binding contract between you and the landlord and should state the duration of your tenancy – usually Assured Shorthold of 6 months to 1 year. It should clearly show the all important rental charge which may be a monthly or weekly sum.  It will list what your responsibilities are while you remain a tenant – the landlord will have stipulated certain terms and conditions that should be read and agreed to before signing.  It will state your responsibilities towards any bills and household maintenance. It will also state what the landlord's responsibilities are to you as their tenant.

After this agreement is signed by both tenant and landlord, you have entered into a formal and binding contract and can move in.  We will arrange handover of the keys.  This will usually be done by an inventory clerk who will visit the property with you and inspect it.  The purpose of this inspection is to create a list of fixtures and fittings in the event that these are lost or damaged during your tenure.

Finally – move in.  Breathe out, relax, enjoy!!!  Welcome to your new home.

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