Inspecting Properties

Before you agree to rent or board at a property, you should take the time to ask questions and to make sure the property has everything you need.

  • Ask lots of questions such as can you have pets, is there parking for you to use, internet connectivity and who is responsible for the gardening.
  • Take your time looking through to make sure the home has everything that you need, find out where local services, shops and public transport are.
  • If you have identified anything that is damaged, like a broken window, ask whether it will be fixed before you move in. Try to document any damage and get an agreed property condition report in writing.
  • Think about whether you can afford the rent and still pay for power, food, gas, water and any other bills you may have.

If the property is managed by a real estate agency you will have to complete a rental application form. If you are dealing with the landlord directly this may not be necessary, but you should insist on a written lease or rental agreement.