Writen by Elvinas Kukys – v2_lawblog
- Ask what deposit protection scheme your deposit will be held with. By law the landlord must protect your deposit with one of the approved schemes within 30days of receipt of the money. Within this 30 day time limit they must also inform the tenant of the “Prescribed Information” which is a document outlining the specific scheme being used, the deposit amount, the names of the landlord and the tenant, and all the details on how the scheme is operated in term of disputes.
- It is important to check that your potential landlord has the permission of their mortgage lender to let out the property. If not – you can very soon become homeless.
- Ask the landlord if the property is insured for tenants.
- Find out if they are accredited with the local council private sector housing department.
- If you are applying for a local authority bond instead of a deposit, check that this is acceptable to the landlord.
- Ask how the inventory check will be handled on the first day of your tenancy. Ideally the landlord will be able to hand over the keys in person, and then go through the inventory with you.
- Ask how the inventory check will be handled at the end of your tenancy.
- Ask the landlord if you will be allowed to clean the property yourself, because some will rather prefer only allowing a professional cleaner to do the job.
- Ask if you can have a “sample copy” of the tenancy agreement, so you could have enough time to read it before signing anything.
- Let the landlord if you have any pets and that this is permitted under the terms of any head lease before you pay money for the tenancy to proceed.
BONUS: Find out if the landlord will want to regularly (unexpectedly) come around and inspect the property. Ask to give you notice before dropping in. Legally they have to give you 24 hours’ notice, and if it is not convenient for you, you can refuse.
If you have asked all the questions which are relevant to you, and are happy to go along with the answers, then there is nothing stopping you from renting!
Source: Landlord and Tenant Act 1987
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