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Finding a rental property this spring

As the flowers bloom and the evenings brighten, it seems spring is just around the corner. Moving at this time of year allows you to be settled in by summer, and using a letting agent can carve out an easier route for you to discover your dream property.  

Early preparation is key when it comes to finding the right rental property, so here are some top tips to help you in your spring search. 

Check legislation in your location

The rental market is an ever-evolving landscape, and whether it’s your first time renting, or it’s been a while since your last tenancy, it could be a good idea to brush up on your rights as a tenant and any new laws regarding renting. This will give you a good idea of what to expect for your next home and how to navigate your next tenancy agreement.

Establish a budget 

When searching for the perfect rental property, you need to identify how much you can afford per month. Spring is known for being one of the hottest seasons in the property market, so it’s essential to plan and budget ahead of time so you can place your application in quickly.

Find a home that suits your needs 

Now that you have identified how much you can afford, it’s time to discover which homes suit you and your lifestyle. Price, location, and size are the three main criteria you need to keep in mind. Establishing all your ‘must-haves’ will allow you to narrow down your search and find your home faster, which can easily be achieved online using property search filters.  

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Should you rent through a letting agent? 

If you’re interested in a particular home, it’s important to find out who is managing the property. There are many advantages to finding a rental property managed by a letting agent, from regular maintenance to high-quality standards and sound legal compliance, a letting agent is essentially the middleman between the landlord and tenant, allowing a smooth and professional rental experience. 

Ask the right questions 

There are certain questions you need to ask your agent to ensure you are getting the most out of the property, such as: 

  • Are any bills included in the rent?  

  • How much is the deposit?  

  • Who will be managing the property? (Private landlord or letting agent)  

  • How long is the rental contract?  

  • What type of tenancy agreement will I be signing?  

  • Who’s responsible for the maintenance of the property?  

  • When can I move in? 

Settle in 

Finding your perfect rental property can be a rewarding process, but it’s no easy feat without a helping hand. By getting in touch with a letting agent and starting your search in spring, you can get settled into your new home just in time for summer.

Contact us 

Get in touch with your local Guild Member to discover how we can support you through your rental journey. 

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