At T1property we have grown to become one of the leading names for room to rent Portsmouth has to offer. We work hard to deliver the best services for landlords and tenants alike, ensuring that all parties benefit. We are always happy to offer support and to share our advice. In fact, here are some tips for making renting a lower-stress option.
Understand the fees
In Scotland it is illegal for a letting agent or landlord to charge their tenants fees. Sadly there is no similar rule in the rest of the UK. This could leave you with charges for things like administration, handing over keys, inventories, and even holding fees. It is important to be clear on these from the beginning so you don’t have any surprises.
Check the small print
Not every tenancy agreement is the same. As a result some tenants will have rights and opportunities that others do not. Make sure you confirm whether you are signing an individual or joint tenancy. Check what rent covers and specific things such as whether you can end a tenancy early.
Ask about deposit protection
Security deposits are standard because they protect landlords. All deposits should be paid into a government-approved protection scheme to ensure the money is safe. Details of which scheme is being used should be provided.
Make sure inventories are accurate
An inventory is designed to determine the condition of the property itself and any contents provided. It offers a benchmark so that a comparison can be done at the end of a tenancy. This makes it easier to weigh up how much wear has been caused and highlights any damages. Professional inventories can protect you from deductions from your security deposit.
Plan for bills
The best way to avoid getting into financial difficulties is to plan ahead. Calculate your monthly outgoings for rent, utilities, and other essential bills so you can budget effectively. Keep in mind as well that tenants should be free to switch energy providers if they wish; generally they simply need to notify the landlord or manager.
If you are looking for room to rent Portsmouth has no better provider than T1property. We deliver the very highest standards whenever we manage a property, satisfying the needs of tenants and clients alike. You can browse for properties on our website or contact us for further information.