Guide to renting

There are many advantages to renting your home over buying. Renting offers more flexibility than owning a property, meaning you can easily move somewhere else without too much hassle. It’s also easier than being a homeowner as property maintenance will generally be taken care of for you. At Jack Harrison we understand why an increasing number of people are choosing to rent and want to help ensure that the quality of rented accommodation in the area continues to be better than ever.

Dealing directly with landlords can cause undue stress and even potentially issues further down the line but we aim to take some of that worry and pressure off your shoulders. Being able to reassure you that everything is taken care of is all part of our professional service. With this in mind we’ve pulled together a guide to some important steps you might need to consider when renting your new home.

We hope you find this guide useful but please do bear in mind that it is not a substitute for legal advice that has been tailored to your circumstances. For more in depth help and advice please get in touch.

Find your new rental property

When you start your property search you’ll need to make sure you know what you do (and don’t) want in a new home. Getting in touch with an estate agent before you’ve found your new property means that we’ll be able to help you in your search. You can pop in to our High Heaton office, give us a call or contact us via email.
Consider signing up to receive our property alert updates on properties that match your preferences too, so that we can email you when a new property we think you’ll like becomes available.

Make the most of your viewing

When it comes to viewing a rental property you’ll look at slightly different things to when you’re viewing to buy. You’ll want to check how well the property has been maintained, that there will be enough storage for your requirements, which furnishings if any will remain in the property and how secure the property is. You’ll also want to use this time to ask any questions you have about either the property or the surrounding area. The team at Jack Harrison Estates have lived and worked in the local area for many years and are well positioned to answer any queries you may have.

 

Your responsibilities as a tenant

When you move into your new property there will be contracts drawn up to ensure your rights as a tenant are respected but you will also have certain responsibilities when you rent your new property. Your tenancy agree will typically be 4-5 pages long, detailing areas such as paying your rent on time, looking after the property and agreeing to report any issues as soon as you discover them to avoid any long term damage. Make sure you read this document carefully and please feel free to ask us any questions you may have prior to signing.

 

Moving in

At Jack Harrison Estates we know that moving day can be stressful and we’d like to help where we can to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible for you. If you’re using a removal firm please do check for reviews online before booking, and pack up your items in plenty of time beforehand so there’s less to do on the day. Make sure you’ve measured and know that any furniture you’re taking will fit in the new property. Don’t forget to take out content insurance to protect your own possessions, redirect your post in advance and make sure your payments for rent and bills are successfully set up.

 

Moving out

We would hope that renting a property off Jack Harrison Estates has been a pleasant experience but should you need to move out of a rental property we’ll be happy to help with this, and to guide you in swiftly and easily finding your next home, to better suit your changing needs.

Tenancy Fees

If you’d like more information on our tenancy and landlord fees, you can read about these here.

 

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions at all.