Find­ing the ideal rental place

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

EVEN though there are a lot of rental prop­er­ties avail­able at the mo­ment, find­ing a good qual­ity af­ford­able place to stay can be a daunt­ing task, es­pe­cially if you’re a stu­dent or a young pro­fes­sional start­ing out on your own and rent­ing for the first time.

How­ever, says Berry Everitt, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Chas Everitt In­ter­na­tional prop­erty group, there are things you can do to make the search eas­ier, start­ing with some “scouting” to see what ar­eas ap­peal to you and will fit your life­style.

Writ­ing in the Prop­erty Sign­posts news­let­ter, he says that prospec­tive ten­ants should es­pe­cially con­sider the fol­low­ing:

Whether you would like an area that caters to young peo­ple or one that is qui­eter and more suit­able for fam­i­lies, with con­ve­nient schools and parks; what ameni­ties – such as a gym or a late-night su­per­mar­ket – you would like to have nearby; how close you would like to live to work; whether you need easy ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port or a road net­work.

Next, you need to do some re­search to gauge what sort of prop­erty you can ex­pect to get for your money in the ar­eas you like.

Third, Everitt says, you need to make sure that your pre­ferred area is safe.

“Then fourth, you must make sure your credit rat­ing is good as land­lords are weary of be­ing ‘burnt’ by rent de­fault­ers.

“And fi­nally, when you start ac­tu­ally go­ing to view flats, go pre­pared to sign a lease. The right flat at the right rent will go quickly to some­one else if you don’t lock in the deal.”

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