Planning to move into a rented property can be confusing, especially if you’ve not had to do it before. There will be even more to think about if you are leaving one rented property and moving into to another. There are utilities to change and the check-out process to go through, not to mention ensuring the property is left clean and tidy, and that’s all before you’ve even got to the new place! From knowing what your responsibilities are as a tenant to ensuring you are fully organised for the move, it can appear fraught with challenges! Having a helpful agent who can guide you through the process – in terms that make sense – can be worth their weight in gold.
At Northwood we are proud to be both members of The Property Ombudsman, but also a founding member of SAFEagent;
SAFEagent – Safe Agent Fully Endorsed – denotes firms that protect landlords and tenants money through Client Money Protection (CMP) schemes. It is recognised by the Government and is supported by organisations as wide & varied as the charity Shelter, the NUS, Trading Standards Institute, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Residential Landlords Association, The Property Ombudsman Scheme and the British Property Federation.
In our experience we know that an informed tenant makes a happy tenant. This forms the basis for a great tenancy between the landlord, agent and the tenant; ensuring each party clear on what is expected of them and what their individual responsibilities are.
For tenants looking for a property we have put together an easy to follow on our Northwood website called the step by step guide to renting. This walks through the process right from the beginning when you need to determine what your budget and finding the perfect property, right through to moving out and getting your deposit back.
What’s more we have also created a tenancy guide for what to expect during a tenancy and after the tenancy – making it clear in simple terms what to do in different circumstances. Scenarios such as what is considered an emergency, who is responsible & who to contact are an example of the type of assistance provided. Click here for the England & Wales tenancy guide and click here for the Scotland tenancy guide.
This guide takes away the uncertainty of knowing what is expected of you as a tenant, but if you have any queries, don’t hesitate to give your local office a call, we are always happy to help!
Northwood is one of the largest and most recognised estate agents in the U.K. and the leading supplier of Guaranteed Rent to give landlords complete peace of mind.
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