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What to Ask / Look for When Viewing a Property  

  • Make an arrangement to view the property and maybe take a friend with you. Have a list of questions ready.
  • Look for how the property is presented – dιcor / flooring / is it furnished? / are there any appliances – cooker/fridge etc- already there. Do they work?
  • Are doors fitted with suitable locks. Are windows lockable?
  • Is there some form of whole-house heating at the property - eg gas central heating / electric storage heaters?
  • Is there gas / electricity at the property and who are the suppliers? Is it a quarterly bill / prepayment meter etc
  • Has the property had a Fire Safety check done recently and are all fire alarms working?
  • Has the Landlord got a current Gas Certificate if there is gas on the premises
  • Is there a telephone point?
  • Who pays for water – some Landlords include that in the rent.
  • Who pays the Council Tax/ If it is a shared house the Landlord will probably pay it – if not you are responsible.
  • How much money does the Landlord want up-front? Will he/she accept DSS and / , of necessary the Rent Deposit Scheme for the deposit?
  • Which Government Rent Deposit Scheme does the Landlord use if you are giving a cash deposit?
  • How is the rent payed – collected? Direct Debit?
  • Will there be a rent book or some form of receipt for monies you hand over?

Useful website downloads – useful advice on Health and Safety when viewing a property.

Download Checklist for new tenants

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This website is for :  people looking for private rented accommodation and landlords with accomodation to offer in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

Last Modified: 5 Aug 2013
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