Searching for properties
The more you know about what you want, the easier your search will be. Checking out the surroundings can give you a real time feel for the neighbourhood, as well as actual distances to transport links and other local amenities. For a head start, have a look at our London area guides. Once you know what it is you are looking for, you can register your details with a letting agent, either by contacting your local branch, or you may choose to conduct your search via letting agent websites.
Some of the benefits of searching online or via apps include:
- Comprehensive property details, available on the go
- Multiple photographs
- Up to date information
- Notifications (in-app, email or SMS)
- Shortlist and comparison tools
- Virtual tour
- Easy to share details
KFH’s property search tool will help you find properties to rent in your chosen area, allowing you to select the property type, number of bedrooms, type of let and whether the property is fully furnished or part furnished.
Talk to your letting agent to arrange viewings. Make sure your finances and credit, employment or previous landlord references are in order when you reach the viewing stage, so you do not miss out if you find the right property.
The letting agent will accompany you to viewings; and be able to provide advice and answer any questions you may have. If you are moving in with other people, attending the first viewings together will speed the process up and ensure that you are all committed.
Questions to ask before a viewing:
- What is the local area like?
- When is the property available?
- How much is the rent? What is included in the rent?
- Is the property furnished, unfurnished or part furnished
- How much is the deposit?
- Are there fees to pay, and if so how much, including VAT?
- Is smoking permitted? What about pets?
- What are the parking arrangements
Things to consider during a viewing:
- Is there enough storage space?
- If unfurnished, is there enough access and space to fit your furniture and white goods?
- If part or fully furnished, what is the landlord leaving?
- Are smoke and heat alarms fitted, checked and working?
- Are there enough telephone sockets
- Is there good signal for telephone and internet connection – this can also be checked with service providers
- Check the taps, bath and shower, and flush the toilet
- Is the property secure? Are access points clear, secure and well-lit? Are there window and door locks
- Are there any other security features, such as a burglar alarm, or an on or offsite security company?
- Is there outside space, and if so is it private or shared? Who is responsible for its maintenance?
- Who is responsible for their upkeep?
Questions to ask before making an offer:
- Who manages the property? (either the landlord or the letting agent)
- Who should I contact in case of emergency?
- What type of maintenance tasks is the landlord responsible for? What will I be responsible for?
- What will I need to insure?
- How long is the tenancy for?
- How much notice to quit is required?