Tenants Advice

There are many different types of landlords and letting agents looking to get you into one of their properties. Here is some advice on what you should look out for to ensure you get the property your looking for with the suitable support.


  1. Do they charge for Lease renewals?
  2. Do they charge a registration fee?
  3. Do they charge a fee for the signing of the Lease?
  4. Can rent be easily paid by standing order and not a rent book?
  5. Are there any hidden extras?
  6. Is there office located somewhere convenient to the property?
  7. Do they charge a viewing charge?
  8. Is the tenant liable for factors common charges?
  9. Is the landlord easily contactable by the agent?
  10. What comprises fully furnished? this can be suprisingly little.
  11. Do they arrange viewings that are flexible and convenient to you?
  12. Does their point of contact have adequate building knowledge?

These points are just some of the questions you should ask your agent to ensure you are not caught out. Most letting agents offer the landlord a flat fee whether the property is occupied or not, this leaves them having to regain income through additional fees from the tenant. So hopefully by asking the right questions or by coming to McMaster Holdings you will get the property you require.



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Budget: Your budget is one of the most important factors in renting a property. Ensure you know your budget and don’t forget to consider all other costs associated with renting as well as your usual monthly bills. Knowing your price range before you even begin to look will make your search for a suitable property faster and more focused.


Apartment Size: Another important factor you need to consider is the size of the property that you and your family will need. Will you be happy in a one bedroom flat or do you require two or three bedrooms, what about storage and extra rooms for entertaining etc? Usually, the larger the apartment the higher the chargeable rent.


Location: It is important that the neighbourhood you choose to live in is well suited to you and your family. There are many factors to consider including where you are situated in relation to your work place and/or schools. Will you be able to travel around easily? Either by your own transport or on public transport. Is the property close to amenities that you will need in your day-to-day life.


Requirements: all prospective tenants must supply identification and information as part of the vetting process. In addition a refundable deposit is required at the beginning of a new tenancy, this will typically be one months rent and all rents are payable in advance and should be paid via bank transfer.