Once you have successfully secured a rental property there are a number of points that you should consider both at the beginning and throughout the tenancy. Hopefully these tips will help make your tenancy more enjoyable.
This document will contain details such as the rental amount, frequency of payment, contents report, length of tenancy and other terms such as Landlord and Tenant obligations. It is a binding contract and you should always seek advice if you are unsure of any condition.
This report is one of the most important tenancy documents. It is designed to detail the condition of a rental property and the contents before a tenancy commences and when a tenancy ends.
A good document benefits both landlords and tenants and can prevent disputes from arising during and at the end of tenancy.
Set up a standing order and make sure you have sufficient funds each month to pay the rent on or before the due date. A separate account for rent and utility bills can be beneficial.
Report any defects immediately to the Landlord or Managing Agent. Maintenance is essential to keep the property in good condition. Early identification and repair of defects will save the Landlord money in the long run.
Your lease agreement may determine that the there are a set number of inspections each year, anywhere from three to four. With sufficient notice, access should granted. Always ensure the property is clean and tidy, as a well presented property will give the Landlord piece of mind.
Always ask for written authorisation from the Landlord if you wish to make changes such as hanging pictures. Never ever take on a pet such as a cat or dog mid lease and ask for permission afterwards. Many leases stipulate that pets are not allowed as they are not permitted under the terms of the apartment management company.
Residential Tenancies Board
The Landlord/Managing Agent is required to registered the tenancy within 30 days and you can check the following link to confirm if the tenancy has been registered.
Your Landlord will have their own building and contents insurance but your personal belongings are not covered. If you have items of any value such as jewelery, laptops etc be sure to take out your own insurance policy.
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