Finding a Rental Property
- Generate the widest possible selection of properties that you could consider. www.xactlettings.co.uk is a good place to start.
- On the web set your search criteria to the lowest number of bedrooms you would need, the maximum price you could afford, select both furnished and unfurnished, set a reasonable drive time radius from where you want to live, and the latest date by which you need to move.
- Use “saved search” and “email/text alerts” facilities on the website to receive email or text alerts with details of properties matching your requirements – rental property is a fast moving market so you need daily property updates.
- Research local information e.g. transport links, schools. It’s important to get a ‘feel’ for an area before booking viewing appointments.
- Though it is possible to register on-line – it is advantageous to register in person. Agencies teach their staff to pay particular attention to “hot prospects” and to avoid timewasters. If you want to be kept informed of newly available properties even before they come to the market, then you want to be seen as a “hot prospect”.
- A potential tenant or hot prospect has a firm moving date, a reason why they need to move by that date, a realistic view of how much rent they will need to pay and the minimum number of bedrooms they require.
- For an agent to help you find the right property, you need to be honest and realistic about your budget and requirements. If you have “ruled out” a particular style of property or location then say this. If you have viewed properties through another agent then give this feedback to all of the agents you are using to help them refine their search. Agents like to hear that you are viewing properties as its evidence that you are serious tenant to be.
Please note – It is illegal for any letting agent to charge you a registration fee. You should only pay money to an agent when they have found a suitable property and you wish to apply for a tenancy.