Being discriminated against by your Landlord/Estate Agent is never a situation any tenant wants to find themselves in. However, it is important to be brushed up on the lingo and legislation involved when it comes to discrimination and be able to make an informed decision as to whether you have a legitimate case.
Going to view a property is always an exciting time for any prospective Tenant. It can be tempting to view the property with rose tinted glasses and not appear difficult to the Estate Agent or Landlord. However, you should never be afraid to ask any questions. Even if you believe the questions you wish to ask would only be relevant in a worst-case scenario situation it is definitely worth having the information moving forward. The devil is in the details after all!
It’s always tricky to know where to start when you are searching for a rental property. However, before you start searching you should always be sure that you know what you are looking for, for example; number of bedrooms, outside space, access to amenities etc., and have a rough idea of the budget you are wanting to spend as this will save you time in the long run.
The latest annual English Housing Survey from the Government shows that tenant satisfaction in the private rental sector is steady and remains higher than among social sector tenants. The annual report, which researches and measures many different aspects of the UK's housing provision highlights that in a number of areas, private rental sector (PRS) tenants are happier with their landlords and situation than those renting in the social sector.
It might feel like you don’t have much of a choice where you rent because of your budget. Well if money is a restraint for you let’s see where to avoid and where to find the cheapest rentals. If not, then London might be for you.
Contracts are generally long, boring, and daunting reads that can even make the Game of Thrones books look appealing. It’s important to sift through the whole contract and carefully read the small print. The contract should use simple language that does not complicate or cause confusion. Getting it right and understanding your contract before you sign can save a lot of problems for you in the future.