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Tips for Renters - are you advising your tenants this way?

A loans company, Moneyboat, has issued a series of tips for renters before and during their tenancies. 

It claims that by avoiding these mistakes, tenants can minimise potential issues, ensure a smooth transition when moving in and out of the property, and maintain good relationships with landlords and letting agents.

Before moving into the property


Not reading their tenancy agreement - people often assume that their contracts are more or less the same than others that they have seen before, but each landlord will have their own requirements contained within the contract. You should read through the agreement as thoroughly and carefully as possible so that you have a full understanding of your obligations, rules you'll need to follow and what you are entitled to during your tenancy. 

Not checking the condition of the property - when viewing a rental property, check for the presence of damp or mould, cracks in the walls, exposed wiring, or leaks. You should also always ask the landlord if you can see the property's gas safety certificate and consider if the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in good, working condition.

Not researching enough - although you may feel as though you are informed enough to make a decision after viewing a property, you should also consider the local area and travel required before commiting to a final decision. Check what local amenities are nearby, how high the crime rate is, what your future neighbours are like and the reputation of nearby schools if you have children. Look to see if you are able to park your car near to the property if you have one, check local public transport links and evaluate how long your commute to work will be from the property's location.

Not taking an inventory of the property - when moving in, you should always take your own inventory of the property by documenting and photographing everything present (e.g. furniture) and its condition, as well as any damage that you find. If you neglect to do this, you could potentially lose your deposit or be charged by your landlord for damages that you are not responsible for. 

Not getting insurance - even though the landlord may have their own insurance policy, this often does not cover the personal property of tenants. If there is a fire, flood or burglary that causes damage to your property, you will be responsible for the costs unless your landlord was aware of any dangers and did not act to fix them. 

After moving into the property

Not reading the rental agreement - within the rental agreement that you should have read and signed upon moving into the property, the landlord or letting agency will likely have included rules around you leaving the property. Check this again so that you understand any obligations you have before moving out, as this will also help to ensure that you get your deposit back.

Not informing your landlord - regardless of if it is required in your agreement, you should always let your landlord know in writing when you will be leaving the property. State the amount of notice that you are giving, the day that you will move out, and request that they are able to perform a final inspection and take back the keys. You should also state that you expect your deposit to be returned to you.

Failing to notify utility providers - you need to inform your utility providers, such as gas, electricity, water, internet, TV services and the local council the date that you will be leaving a property. It is best to do this via email, so that you will have written proof of notifications and acknowledgements should you need them.

Forgetting to cancel insurance - if you have contents insurance for your rental property, you will need to let the provider know that you are moving out. Check that your policy will cover your belongings whilst you are moving them between properties, and if you are able to transfer your policy to a new property. 

Forgetting to redirect your mail - create a checklist of everyone that will need to be notified of your change in address before moving, so that you will receive the correct mail at your new home and prevent it from being delivered elsewhere.

Not checking the inventory - look over the inventory that was made when you first moved into the property. Any damaged items will need to be repaired or replaced, and take more photographs that can be given as evidence if you are accused of any damages after leaving the home.

Not checking how the property should be left - some landlords will be happy for you to clean the property yourself before you move out, whereas others may insist upon it being professionally cleaned.

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    On another subject '' ex offendwes'' gets a big fat NO WAY from me leave these to councils and housing assocations to house where they belong


    I work in this industry. Take note of Andrew's comments and it is a big fat no from me as well.

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    So tenants lack basic common sense?

    And it is illegal for a LL to insist of a professional clean so please don't encourage it! Cleaned to a professional standard is what we require.


    Illegal for Landlords to request professional cleaning in leaving?

    What Squitter..
    Whoever told you this absurdity should be avoided for future advice.

    All my agreements demand the property is cleaned professionally.
    I can assure you that MPs have never sat in the House of Commons and legislated against landlords requesting professional cleaning.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Do you even know what 'professional cleaning' means?
    You go on to say "cleaning at professional standards is good enough" No, it is perfectly acceptable to request that the property is cleaned by outfits who's profession is cleaning rather than the tenant doing it or their mother in law.
    BTW there's no institute of professional cleaners holding Associate membership with letters after their name. Sheesh 🤦‍♂️


    Henry, they are absolutely right.

    If you have charged tenants a cleaning fee at any point since June 2020 than you are in breach of the Tenant Fees Act 2019. MP's literally sat in the commons and legislated against this.

    More information can be found on the government website titled "Tenant Fees Act 2019: guidance"

    You may wish to read through the document as each breach can be subject to a fine of £5,000.

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    Tenants are adults and well capable of making their own assessment, no need to teach them how to suck eggs.
    Landlords are snowed under with compliance and regulatory requirements no need to impose any further burden like Redress Schemes, CPD or Courses how to be a landlord having done it for decades.
    There should be Courses with at least 10 years experience in Housing to be a Housing Secretary.
    It also seems we have a Housing Minister who wasn’t even an MP 6 years ago.


    Gove wouldn't pass any tests , he has experience in nothing and yet he keeps popping up in cabinet of different governments with a completely different ministry. Jack of all trades, destroyer of all ministries. Master of none.

    There should be a mandatory course for Tory PMs to learn how to keep Gove as far away from government as possible.

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    Is giving them the government epic "How to rent" guide not enough? This is mandatory by law (you wont get a section 21 without it).


    Unfortunately there really is a high level of stupidity in both tenants and Landlords.


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