• Neha Agarwal

Things To Keep In Mind Before Renting A Flat

Got a job opportunity in another city, getting settled, moving in with someone else, or just want to change your boring rented apartment... the next thing you'll be doing is to look around for another place to stay. There are many things that you should keep in mind before making a final call as it will be your home and you'll be spending the maximum amount of time there. Here is a list of things that you should definitely consider before renting a new place anywhere.

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Research The Area

Think about the area before you move in. Is it near a hospital? If so, can you hear ambulances all the time? Is it near a noisy pub? Check all the surroundings before you sign. Keep in mind about all the things that you need on a daily basis should be easily accessible and nearby to your new place, like - grocery shop, vegetable & fruits vendors, public convenience, medical store, places to eat, or whatever you need the most.

Advance & Security Deposite

The very first step is to find out how much money will need to be paid as advance and security deposit. This may vary from city to city and location to location. Generally, landlords will ask for one month's rent in advance, although it can be more. When it comes to the deposit, the amount is also at the landlord's discretion.

Conduct A Thorough Inventory

When going through the property's inventory, make sure you point out any defects and take note of the state of the items (by taking photos of broken taps or equipment, for example). Specifically check all the white goods provided i.e., washing machine, geysers, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.

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Check The Water Pressure

When you first inspect a property, run the taps and the shower. If there's a problem with the water pressure, you can negotiate with the landlord before signing the agreement.

Discuss Pets Early

Bring up pets early in negotiations with your prospective landlord. If the landlord does not want pets at the address, then the tenant should look elsewhere. Having a pet in breach of a tenancy agreement that prohibits pets will generally lead to a possession action and eviction further down the line.

Check the contract thoroughly

It's particularly important to check the following:

  • The names of the landlord and tenant(s) and the address of the property which is being let.

  • The date the tenancy begins.

  • Details of whether other people are allowed the use of all or part of the property, and, if so, which parts.

  • The duration of the tenancy: that is, whether it expires on a certain date

  • The amount of rent payable, how often and when it should be paid, and when it can be increased. The agreement may also state what the payment includes, for example, utility bills.

  • Whether the landlord will provide any services – for example, laundry, maintenance of common parts or meals, and whether there are service charges for these.

  • The length of notice the landlord and the tenant need to give if the tenancy is to be ended within the fixed term (break clause).

  • If the tenant does not know the name of the landlord, they can make a written request for the full name and address of the landlord to the person who receives the rent.

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Challenge any T&Cs you are not happy with.

Sometimes you can challenge terms and conditions you're not happy with, but this must be done before you sign the tenancy agreement. This can also apply to the landlord's repair obligations, for instance, fixing a broken cupboard door.

Get things done before you sign the contract

The most important thing is to make sure everything is done before you sign the tenancy agreement and before you have made any payments. If there are tasks you want to the landlord to do before you move in (for example, painting the front door or getting the geyser repaired), then it's a good idea to have them completed before you sign anything.

Wishing you luck in your house hunting!