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Tips for Market Harborough tenants through the rental process

Renting is becoming ever more necessary in the property market. Higher house prices and a low number of properties available means that people both young and old are turning to rental as a long-term option.

At some point in their lives, almost everyone will have rented a property. It gives a greater flexibility to move from place to place, there is less upkeep and finding a rental property is usually a faster process.

Nevertheless, there is plenty to consider for tenants to make the rental process easier. If you’re considering renting in Market Harborough, here is some advice for each stage of the process:

Finding a property to rent

Do you have a car? Do you need some outdoor space? Would you prefer unfurnished or furnished? Think about your needs and filter your search accordingly. Consider if any of your necessities are in fact flexible. The more flexible you are in your search, the more potential properties will be available to you.

Speak to a local lettings expert and they’ll be able to keep you up to date should a suitable property come up. Once a few suitable options come up, shortlist and arrange some viewings. Rental properties in Market Harborough don’t stay on the market for long so it’s important to remain active else you may miss an ideal property.

Once you have sifted through the properties to rent in Market Harborough and found your dream rental home, it’s time to complete your application. If you have all of your finances in order, fill in the application form as quickly as possible to show your commitment.

If the initial checks by the letting agent or landlord are all in order, pay your holding deposit and application fees when requested, so that the property is reserved for you. It is likely that you will need to pay one month’s rent in advance, too.

  –   Speak to a local estate agent

  –   Make sure you are in a stable financial position to rent

  –   Tell you referees that you’ve used them

  –   Pay your deposit as soon as possible

  –   Avoid delays by completing the application form accurately

Responsibilities through renting

This should go without saying, but as a renter, your main responsibility through the rental process is to pay your full rent on time. Keep positive relations with your landlord by keeping the property clean and well maintained and they may be more lenient to you in other areas of your tenancy agreement.

It is the landlord’s responsibility to deal with water, electricity and gas supply problems and maintain appliances and furniture they have supplied. Should any problems arise, contact the landlord or agent as soon as possible so they can rectify it. Failure to report minor issues that turn into larger problem could risk you losing part of your deposit.

Moving out

When you come to end the tenancy, it is a legal requirement to give your landlord or agent notice. The length of notice varies but it is generally around one or two months.

To get your full deposit back, ensure the property is in the same condition as you got it in. Cleaning costs and unpaid rent are the top reasons for deposit money to be withheld when a tenant moves out. If you do not agree with proposed deductions from your deposit, get in touch with the relevant deposit protection scheme.

  –   Check the property condition against the inventory

  –   Inspect for any damages

  –   Take photographs when you leave

  –   Redirect mail and inform any suppliers that you’ve moved

Houses and flats to rent in Market Harborough

At Naylors Estate Agents, our role is to ensure that tenants have a good experience in our rental accommodation. We are the number one rental company for many landlords in the Market Harborough area.

If you are a prospective tenant looking for housing in Harborough or are a landlord looking to fill an empty property, contact Naylors Estate Agency today on 01858 450 020.