These days, an increasing number of people are renting and the quality and range of rented accommodation is better than ever. Home Fullstop team will guide you through the whole process of renting a flat.
Renting is usually cheaper than owning and bills are more predictable too, which is great news for those who prefer stable finances and for people looking to stay in one place for an year or two. And with fewer outgoings, you can save more.
Renting offers more flexibility than owning – you can move somewhere else relatively quickly – useful if you plan to move for a new job or are going away to study. Also, it’s less hassle than being an owner as you won’t need to pay for property maintenance – most of that will be done for you.
What type of property should I look for?
First of all, think carefully about the type of property you’d like to rent and which best suits your lifestyle.
For example, if you are only there during the week, a small place might do just fine. If security is important, then a ground floor flat may be out. If you have a car, then a parking space is a must.
Do you want furnished or unfurnished accommodation or would something that’s just part-furnished be okay? Often it doesn’t make much difference to the rent.
Other key questions to ask yourself:
- Is a purpose built shower essential or can you make do with a shower attachment in the bath?
- What facilities are there for washing and drying clothes?
- Does the property have all the appliances you need?
- Do you need a garden?
- Are you prepared to share with someone else – if so, could you share with a live-in landlord?
Dealing directly with private landlords to find a property can be worrying…
You’ll have to meet a total stranger at a property and, of course, landlords are unregulated and don’t need to be part of a professional trade body or trade association. Lettings agents offer greater peace of mind and security.