Finding the ideal rental place
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.”