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Renting For Tenants

With Sturstons Estate Agents, tenants can rest assured that their search for places to rent in and around Lewisham will be safe and secure. When it comes to finding a new home to rent, there are a range of issues that as a tenant you should not only consider but also be aware of.

 

Staying Safe

A key consideration is your arrangement when visiting a property. When renting in south east London, house shares and private properties alike should be viewed prior to agreements being signed. Always bear in mind that when a landlord or agent refuses to show you a property for viewing then this is a telltale sign of something being wrong.

When you do go to meet a landlord or agent, make sure you feel comfortable with the set up. From the viewing times, to who will be attending the viewing, it is important that you feel safe.

Here at Sturstons Estate Agents, we ensure our team are fully compliant as well as considerate to the needs and concerns of different types of tenants. Any questions before, during or after your viewing, you are welcome to let us know. 

Asking The Right Questions

When looking to enter a house share in Lewisham or indeed if you are seeking any other property arrangement in south east London, it is vital to ask either the landlord or agency the right questions. We encourage you to ask us all the questions you need so when you finally get your new keys on moving day, you are excited and happy with your choice!

We ensure all the important elements are known by our team before showing you around, such as the property age, bills and other cost essentials.

Is it also worth asking about the bills and how much they tend to be, as well as when you will need to pay them. The cost of bills can come as a surprise to those of us renting a property in Lewisham and so asking during a viewing or at least prior to signing any contracts makes sure that any unwelcome shocks are kept to a minimum.

Furthermore, another incredibly important question to ask when renting as a tenant is the council tax cost for the area in question. Due to the wide variation in rates, council tax can differ depending on where in Lewisham or south east London you want to rent a property or move into a houseshare.

Another key issue to ask as a tenant is to make sure local amenities include everything you need. Of course, ensuring that there are local stores in walking or at least driving distance is essential, whilst extras such as eateries, bars and gyms are also high on many tenants’ prospective amenities. Other tenants look for a park in the local area, especially important for those with small children or pets, whilst quality schools and leisure facilities are also key issues to consider for anybody seeking to rent in Lewisham and beyond. 

Other important questions to ask before moving into a property of any type is what the neighbours are like. Now, of course the landlord or agent will be reluctant to tell prospective tenants that the next door neighbours are noisy or troublesome, but simply getting an idea of their occupation, age and other factors can help to make an informed decision. Also, make sure to ask about the length of the contract being offered and whether the cost of monthly rent stays the same if the contract is extended or whether there is a clause stating that it will increase.

Costs tend to form the basis for most questions and the top ones to consider asking include how much the deposit will be and when it is due. Other important things to consider is when the rent is due as well as the preferred form of payment, be this online bank transfer or another method. Tenants seeking places to rent in Lewisham and other areas of London should also think about whether they want to ask about policies on pets, redecorating the property as a tenant and also energy efficiency ratings for the property. The day of bin collection is a little remembered question that could be a very important thing to know!

Your Deposit

One of the most difficult elements to consider when it comes to safety in renting for tenants is the deposit. According to law, all deposits need to be made into a government sponsored scheme. Sturstons Estate Agents are registered with MyDeposits, which is a regulated deposit protection service. You can find more information about them here. To stay safe when renting, make sure you consider whether or not the landlord or agency you are dealing with holds deposits in a secure manner. 

Importance Of References

For landlords and estate agents such as Sturstons, carrying out the correct and proper referencing is the most effective way to make sure that the prospective tenants is a suitable candidate for renting the property in question.

Renting or entering a house share in Lewisham means references are a key element to consider for landlords who want to minimise any problems with tenants. References can take many forms such as landlord referencing from previous properties, credit checks and tenant affordability.

Though landlords and estate agents can refuse a tenant due to poor references or credit checks, they are not able to make decisions based on a tenants’ age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or other personal traits.

Rent A Room Vs Flat Vs House Share

There are a range of offerings with Sturstons Estate Agents across south east London. Whether you are seeking a room for one, an entire flat or to enter into a house share, Lewisham and the surrounding area is packed with a huge variety of options in terms of property to move into.

Renting a room is great for single people who feel comfortable sharing a space with others and who do not need too much space for themselves. What’s more, renting a single room in a home is often cheaper than renting an entire flat.

For those with a family or for whom personal space is high on the list of desirables, a flat in Lewisham or south east London can be a great option. Though pricier than a room, Sturstons offer some great deals on whole flats to rent and these properties come in a range of sizes and to suit a wide variety of budgets.

A house share on the other hand is when two or more people enter a home together and agree to sign an agreement between them. This differs from renting a room in a flat because the entire flat will be the responsibility of all parties included in the house share agreement. This is often a great choice for couples or friends looking to spend some time living together under one roof.

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