Essential Questions for Prospective Tenants

Matthew Coffill
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  • 12/06/24
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  • Lettings
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Key Questions to Ask Before a Property Viewing

The rental market is highly competitive, with properties often being snatched up within a week. To increase your chances of securing a rental, it's crucial to have a conversation with the agent beforehand and understand what the landlord is looking for. This will help ensure that your situation aligns with the landlord's expectations and requirements. Here are some essential questions to ask before attending a property viewing:

1. Is the Property Furnished?

Understanding the furnishing status of the property is vital. Sometimes, listing photos can be misleading, showing furniture that may not actually be included. There are three main categories of furnished properties:

  - Unfurnished: The property will be empty, except for built-in storage and typically white goods (like a fridge, washing machine, and dishwasher).
  - Part-Furnished: This category includes the essentials found in an unfurnished property, along with additional items like a table, bed frames, or storage units. Be sure to ask specifically what is included.
  - Fully Furnished: These properties come equipped with all necessary furniture, including a bed, table, chairs, and storage. They are ideal for those moving out for the first time. Always confirm with the agent to avoid surprises on moving day.

2. Can I Bring a Pet?

- Pet policies vary by property and landlord. Some properties may not accommodate pets if they are deemed unsuitable. To avoid wasting time, inquire about pet policies before scheduling a viewing.

3. Can I Share the Property?

- Transparency is key regarding who will be living in the property. If you plan to share the space with a partner or friend, inform the agent upfront. This helps avoid issues or rejections later on if additional occupants are not allowed.

4. What is Included in the Rent?

- While rental listings often mention whether bills or Wi-Fi are included in the rent, it's worth confirming this detail during your property search. Understanding what is covered helps you budget more accurately and avoid unexpected costs.

5. Who Manages the Property?

- Knowing who manages the property can significantly impact your renting experience. You might deal directly with the landlord or go through a property management agency. Ask this question before or during the viewing to set your expectations for communication and maintenance requests.

By asking these key questions, you'll be better prepared for your property viewing. Being well-informed not only saves time but also positions you as a serious and considerate prospective tenant in a competitive market. Good luck with your property search! 🏠🔑

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