In this two-minute read, we look at five fantastic tips to help people looking to rent a property in Oxfordshire
One thing that seems almost Covid-19 proof is the desire for people in Oxfordshire to move home. The local rental property market has proven resilient this year, with people looking to rent new places to call home.
Below are five tips that’ll come in handy if you’re looking to rent.
1. Prepare Properly
Consider when you want to move and where you want to rent. Research the areas and the properties in your price range. Create a clear budget and include moving costs, council tax, and any utility bills. Make a list of letting agents to check out.
2. Points on Views
Unless you hit the jackpot immediately, and the first property you see is the one you want to rent, chances are you’ll look at a few different places. Carry a notebook and pen with you to scribble down the plus and minus points of each property. You can then review this at your leisure.
3. Act Quickly
When you have found a place you really want to rent, move fast. Good properties go quickly, so make your offer, and we’ll look after the negotiations.
4. Relevant References
If the landlord is happy with your offer and has accepted it, you will then go through to the referencing stage. To go ahead with the tenancy, we’ll need to carry out a few reference checks. Along with identification such as National Insurance number and photo ID, we’ll need bank statements covering the last three months, your last three payslips, and references from your employer and previous landlord (if any), and sometimes your employment contract.
5. Contract Agreed
Once your references have been successfully processed, you will be asked to read and sign your contract. It is there to protect both you and your landlord, so if you do not understand anything, please ask us. We want everyone to be happy. You will also be given suppliers’ details for your utilities and council tax. It is up to you to deal with them throughout your tenancy.
Then it’s time to confirm a moving day, pack up your stuff, get moved in, and start enjoying your new place.
At IMS, we help hundreds of tenants move successfully across Oxfordshire every year.
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