When a letting agency offers a guaranteed rent to the landlords with which they deal it means two things – the first is that the landlords are getting the best possible deal and the second is that it’s in the agencies interests to find the very best properties. After all, they’re going to be handing over a rent anyway, so it makes sense to only source rooms and properties which they’re certain will be easy to rent out. The better the quality of service provided by the agency, the more certain a guaranteed rental stream becomes. If you’re looking for rooms to let in London then working with such an agency is by far the best move to make. You may be visiting friends, exploiting a business opportunity or staying in the city to study but what you need is accommodation which is secure and pleasant, as well as being more affordable than a stay in one of the capital’s hotels.
When you’re looking for rooms to let in London, the sheer number of options available can sometimes seem overwhelming. That’s why looking via an agency can remove much of the stress from the process. They’ve already done the hard work of surveying and checking out the individual rooms and they’ll only offer on those which meet certain basic criteria in terms of both accommodation and facilities. Even when placing yourself in the hands of a large and experienced agency, however, it pays to have a firm grasp of a few basic principles when it comes to finding just the right accommodation. As with most other areas, knowledge is power and the more you can bring to the rental process, the more likely you are to get the best possible deal. The following are just a few simple tips to bear in mind when searching for a temporary rental in London:
Research: Before moving into a property it’s wise to do as much research as possible. Clearly a good letting agency will want to provide you with a wealth of information, but doing some background checking of your own can’t do any harm. A simple Google search of a postcode can unearth a plethora of useful information, from the nearest tube or train station to what your local pub is going to be. Using Street map on Google you could even get a look at the property before you get to pay a visit. When you do visit, try to chat with existing tenants, as they’ll give you the fairest and most honest appraisal of the property that it’s possible to get.
Safety: Ensure that the property has up to date gas safety checks and is fitted with items such as smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Again, the letting agency should provide all of this without being asked, but having a list of requirements in your head before viewing the property means that you’re far less likely to forget anything important.
Contact: Make sure that it’s simple to get in touch with your landlord and/or letting agency at any time of the day and night. By definition, emergencies tend to take place outside normal office hours, so it’s vitally important that you are supplied with round the clock contact details.
Records: Keep your own records of the condition of the property when you move in and again when you leave. This means compiling a photographic portfolio of the property to share with your letting agency. This will firmly establish exactly what kind of condition the property and its contents were in when you moved in, thus helping to stop arguments about the responsibility for repairs before they even start.
Tenancy Agreement: Always make sure you check your tenancy agreement carefully before signing it. A reputable agent will insist that you do so, and anyone trying to rush you into signing quickly has probably got something to hide. A tenancy agreement should include the following information:
- How much the rent is
- How often it will be due
- The size of any deposit required
- The length of the tenancy
- A breakdown of the responsibility for any repairs or decoration
- A list of any furniture or equipment provided (check this list carefully against what is actually there).
As stated previously, when working with an agency such as Sterling De Vere, precautions of this kind may seem superfluous. The better the agency, however, the more time and trouble they would want you to take, since this means that you are far more likely to be a ‘good’ tenant in the eyes of the owner of the property or room. If both sides of a rental arrangement feel they have a degree of control and information, then things are far more likely to progress smoothly.