Guide to first time renting property in London and Surrey
When you’re looking for somewhere to rent for the first time, it might seem a little bit daunting. At Kaybridge our staff are friendly and experienced and able to offer you advice and help to find a suitable property that you can eventually call home.
Our guide will help you get started.
The most important thing to start with is getting your finances in order. You need to look at how much money you have available for rent and then allow for additional costs such as set up fees and deposits. Planning for these will make it easier when you find the property of your choice.
Tenancy set up fee
This will be charged to cover costs like credit checks, tenancy documents and obtaining references, we will need to set up a tenancy agreement and protect your deposit.
You will need to have your first month's rent and your deposit ready prior to move in, as rents are always paid 1 month in advance. At Kaybridge we always take a minimum of 6 weeks deposit.
If you have never rented before and do have appropriate references, you may need a guarantor - often you can use a parent or a guardian. Please bear in mind there will be an additional fee to add a guarantor to your tenancy.
These will include your monthly rent, council tax, utilities (including water rates) and telephone or broadband rental.
Make a note of all these costs and an expected total of your additional outgoings including food, clothes and entertaining and make sure you can afford your rent.
If you require help to see if you can afford a property then try our useful affordability calculator.
Kaybridge Residential is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), the Property Ombudsman and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and abides by their strict codes of conduct, guaranteeing a professional service every step of the way. As a company, we also have Client Money Protection in place to safeguard your money from theft or misappropriation.
Maintenance Tips For TenantsIf you are renting a property then big issues will be dealt with by your landlord. But there are a number of things you can be responsible for yourself.
When it's really cold and the temperature is likely to drop to freezing, it's a good idea to leave your thermostat on about 15 degrees and leave the heating on all of the time. Many radiators have individual thermostats so you can leave them set in each room. Check your boiler works properly before the end of the summer months so you know it is in full working order for the winter.
You can bleed the radiator if the top part of it is cold and the bottom is warm - air is trapped in the system and bleeding the radiator will release the air to let hot water fill it. If a number of the radiators are cold then you might need to get your property manager to arrange for a heating engineer to check the whole system.
Burst or leaking pipes
Pull away any carpet and use a towel or newspaper to absorb the water and put a dish under the leak to catch any more water. If it is a small leak then let your property manager know. If it is a burst pipe then turn the water off at the main stopcock. Turn on all the taps and this will empty the water from the system. Call your property manager.
- If your oven has stopped working - check the clock and reset the timer.
- If your washing machine has stopped or won't drain, check the pump filter, drain the machine and check to see if something has got stuck.
- If your electricity trips, check to see if one appliance is the problem.
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