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Tips for Renters

While we are probably best known for our vast range of homes for sale in Beaconsfield and the surrounding areas, we also have an extensive portfolio of rental properties. Our Lettings Department is always busy, managing high numbers of properties, landlords and tenants is a challenge which our team rises to daily.

Renting a property can be a great way of trying out a new area, as a stepping stone towards buying a property or simply getting your own space. We have the full spectrum of properties in our portfolio to meet the needs of all tenants.

If you would like to speak to a member of our lettings team about properties to rent in Beaconsfield and the surrounding areas, make sure you give us a call on 01494 685518 or email. In the meantime, we have put together some tips for renters that may be useful. Enjoy.

Ensure you have contents cover from as soon as you move in

Your landlord is responsible for buildings insurance, but it is wise to get your contents insured as soon as you can. You will be able to set your insurance up in advance and have it start when you move in or get the keys.

Security Deposits

Check with your agency or landlord how the security deposit is processed. The tenancy deposit must be protected in a recognised deposit scheme and registered within 30 days of receiving the funds.

How to ensure you get your deposit back

The end of tenancy inspection can cause exiting tenants a lot of anxiety. Some landlords develop an incredible attention to detail and it can often become a bone of contention upon leaving a property. Here are a couple of things you can do to improve the chances of getting your full deposit back.

  • Check the fine print. Find your contract and give it another read. Does it say the carpets need to be deep-cleaned, or that all picture hooks need to be removed and filled in? If so, make sure these are sorted.
  • Patch up any damage. Fix it properly – covering up a hole in the wall may seem like a good idea at the time, but leaving it like this when you move out will cause an issue. Fill any holes you have made for pictures etc.
  • Present and Correct. Check the inventory thoroughly to make sure everything’s as it should be, and replace or fix as needed.
  • Deep-Clean.  We recommend using a professional end of tenancy cleaner to give the property a deep clean, unless you have agreed with your agent or landlord prior to your exit that cleaning is not required.  Keep receipts of all cleaning, carpets, oven etc for evidence upon check out.  These receipts will be documented.

Redecorating

Make sure you get you landlord’s permission if you want to redecorate the property. Usually a property would need to be returned to the landlord in the condition it was received, you may be able to come to an agreement that you can decorate and leave it but this will be up to your landlord.

Inventory

Make sure that you double check the inventory and report anything you disagree with within the first few days of the tenancy.  This at least flags the issue and you can enter into a conversation with your landlord or property manager on how to proceed.

Emergencies

Make sure you know where the stop cock is. If you have a leak, you can help the situation by stopping the water as soon as you discover it. The same goes for the circuit breaker. Make sure you are equipped with a list of emergency contacts from your landlord or property manager as your swift action could save the property.  If you smell gas, it is advised you call national grid on 0800 111 999.

Build a relationship

Renting a property is often a collaboration – work with you landlord or property manager to make the experience beneficial for all concerned. It is important to take care of and respect the property in which you are living and demonstrating that you are a good tenant can lead to good rapport with your landlord.

Get in Touch

If you are looking to buy or sell a property in the Beaconsfield area make sure you come and speak to a member of our team about your property options, you can give us a call on 01494 680018 or email us. You can also find properties for sale in Beaconsfield on our website and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn for all the latest updates.