The costs of renting a property

When you rent a property, there are a number of costs to consider, which may vary depending on the area and the type of let you are looking at.

These costs will include stand alone and ongoing items:

  • Rent – one month’s advance rent when you move in and on-going monthly rent throughout the tenancy, unless a different frequency has been agreed.
  • Security deposit – for assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) this will be equal to five weeks' rent if the rent is under £50,000 per annum or equal to six weeks' rent if the rent is over £50,000 per annum. For non-Housing Act tenancies, deposits are generally equal to six weeks’ rent.
  • Agent fees – reference checks, inventory check in and tenancy agreement fee are applicable for non-Housing Act tenancies only. There is no charge to the tenant if the tenancy is to be an AST.
  • Moving costs – removal company or vehicle hire, storage costs
  • Household bills – electricity, gas, water, council tax, telephone and internet, TV licence, insurance for personal belongings
  • Rent increases if this has been agreed and included within the tenancy agreement

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