6 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rental Property

If you are renting a house for the first time, it is important to know where you stand with your new landlord. At Ashan Property we are here to help with your transition into renting a new home. There are lots of houses to rent in Kettering and, with new properties coming on to the market all the time, as letting agents we can help you to stay up to date with your property search.

Here are just some of the questions to ask your landlord or letting agent when you are thinking of renting a new property. These queries will help to establish some key points, helping to give you peace of mind before you move in.

When Will the Property Be Ready to Move Into?

When thinking of moving home it is a good idea to know exactly when you will be ready to move. Properties that are vacant can often get snapped up fast, especially if they are attractive and well-priced. So it is advisable to make sure you are ready to go when the right property comes along. A good agent will help by looking out for a property which fits your requirements and will be ready at the right time for you.

Will the Agent Meet Me at the House?

For the viewing of a new property, it is always a good idea to take someone with you. See if your letting agent will meet you at the property, so they can answer any questions you may have on the place you are about to see. The ideal is to choose a letting agent who is very knowledgeable about the area that you are thinking of moving into and will be happy to offer advice and information on the surrounding amenities, such as bus routes, green spaces in the vicinity or which are the best schools in the area.

How Will I Know if the Property Meets Safety Standards?

Safety is something you will want to check on before deciding to rent a house. All landlords must produce an Energy Performance Certificate for each gas and electrical appliance in the house. Every appliance that is available to use will have one of these and they are renewed annually. These certificates show that a qualified gas technician or electrician has inspected each item, and pronounced it as meeting safety standards.

There are also requirements for smoke alarms to be also in place on every floor, in any rented property, and in properties of multiple occupancy there will also be fire extinguishers too. If you have any queries over safety issues, your letting agency should be able to put your mind at rest.

Do I Need to Prepare Any Paperwork?

The paperwork involved in renting a property might seem overwhelming initially, but a good letting agent and landlord will take care of this for you. If you have any queries over contracts, references or inventories, just ask. A good letting agent will be able to help you with this, and will advise you of anything you will need to provide the landlord to finalise the tenancy.

Will My Details and Deposit be Kept Safe?

To be able to rent a property you must provide your landlord with certain personal data. This data is then held by your landlord, and is covered under the Data Protection Legislation. Your letting agent and landlord are aware of the law and the need to hold your information safely, and any disposal of your data also comes under the data protection legislation. You will also want to make sure your deposit is kept safe and protected. Again, if you have any questions over this, just ask your letting agent.

Who Will Maintain the Property?

The issue of property maintenance is important to know about, because you will need to be aware of which parts of the property are under your care and which are not. It is helpful if your letting agent has access to contractors and can arrange for work to be carried out when needed.

Ashan Property’s Services

At Ashan Property, we are here to help tenants all the way. We will let you know when the property will be available to move into, and we arrange accompanied viewings so that we can answer your questions. We also ensure full safety compliance, providing all necessary certification.

We will prepare the contracts and all paperwork for you, and ensure your deposit is protected with certification. All your data will be kept safe, and full inventories of each property will be kept in full, both written and photographic, and you will be given your own copy of this document.

Any maintenance issues which arise after you move in will be addressed quickly via our trusted contractors. We provide a 24-hour helpline, so if you are worried about anything you can speak to someone straight away.

These are only some of the services we offer. If you have any other queries, Ashan Property will be happy to help in any way. We are experts in all types of lettings in the area, so if you are thinking of moving and you would like to know more about houses to rent in Kettering, Market Harborough, Daventry or Northamptonshire, check our latest property listings here