What to expect when you are renting.

At the start of your tenancy:

• A clean property in good condition, on an agreed date, meeting the standards of the accreditation scheme in force at the time (if applicable).

• One set of keys should be provided by the landlord for each tenant.

• An original signed copy of your tenancy agreement stating clearly your financial and behavioural responsibilities including rent amounts due and when payable, deposits held (interest payable?), the length of your tenancy etc.

• A signed and dated copy of the agreed inventory for the property including details of the condition of the property and items within.

• Your landlord’s or managing agent’s name, address and telephone numbers including the appropriate method of contacting them.

• Copies of the Gas Safety Certificate and the Energy Performance Certificate for the property.

During your tenancy:

• Quiet enjoyment of the property without undue interruption by the landlord, with the landlord calling by appointment for any inspection/ repairs (with the exception of emergencies where access may be required).

• Prompt action by the landlord when repairs are necessary, with appropriate times for repairs discussed and agreed between you and the landlord.

• A receipt from the landlord for any money received. At the end of your tenancy:

• Prompt inspection of the property and refund by the landlord for any deposit held (with interest), and written explanation of any charges to be withheld from the deposit, including invoices for any work undertaken or statement of costs.

Checklist

• Rent …………………………………. £ ________ per year

• Agent/Landlord Fee (if any)…….. £ ________ typically up to 2 weeks’ rent + VAT

• Deposit (returned with interest?) .. £ ________ typically up to one month’s rent

• Council Tax (included in rent?) …. £ ________ per year typically none for all-student households

• Water rates (included in rent?) …. £ ________ per year typically around £50 – £100 per person per year

• Gas supply ………………………… £ ________ per year typically up to £350 per person per year

• Electricity supply ……………….. £ ________ per year typically up to £500 per person per year, less if property has gas water and central heating

• Telephone ………………………… £ ________ per year

• Internet/Broadband……………. £ ________ per year

• Digital/Satellite TV……………… £ ________ per year

• TV licence………………………….. £ ________ per year £145.50 per year, a licence is needed for the property and/or for any bedroom with a lock

Has the property been insulated where possible?

• In the loft?………………………………………………………………. Y / N

• Draught proofing around doors & windows?……………….. Y / N

• Double or secondary glazing? ………………………………….. Y / N

• Hot water pipe insulation? ……………………………………….. Y / N

Other Question

• Is your landlord part of an official accreditation scheme? Y / N

• Have you seen the Energy Performance Certificate?…. Y / N

• Have you seen the HMO Licence (if applicable)?…. Y / N

• Have you seen the Gas Safety Certificate?…. Y / N

• Which Deposit Protection Scheme is being used?…. ________________

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