With Hull’s status as the 2017 UK City of Culture offering a thriving boost to the city’s rental market, and with a huge choice of rental opportunities appearing throughout the area, there’s never been a better time to find your new home here.
If this is set to be your first ever experience of renting a property, and you’re a little unsure of where to start, then take a look at our top tips on renting in Hull below!
- Get in touch with a letting agent: many can feel anxious about their first jump into the rental market. Talking through your plans with someone who knows the local market and has years of experience in helping people with this exact situation is a great way to get the ball rolling.
- Sorting your finances: the first thing to consider here is how much you could reasonably afford to pay in rent each month. When calculating this figure, you must consider other costs, including contents insurance, council tax, TV licence etc. Usually around six weeks’ worth of rent will be required as your deposit.
- Find your property: with the advice of an experienced letting agent and your finances clearly sorted, it’ll be time to find your new home. Searching letting listings in your local area, and adjusting different filters to suit your preferences, is the perfect place to start.
- Signing the Tenancy Agreement: your letting agent will draw up what’s called an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, the legal contract between you and your landlord. It’s signed by both of you, and as such you should both be fully aware, and agree with, its terms. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your letting agent before signing.
- Paying your deposit: all homes rented on a shorthold tenancy agreement require deposits to be paid, which are then secured by Government protection schemes. Here at Garness Jones, we use the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), which either us or your landlord will secure your deposit into. Your deposit will then be returned to you at the end of the tenancy agreement provided you meet the agreement’s terms, don’t damage the property and pay all rent and bills.
- Creating an inventory: Produced by your letting agent before being agreed upon by both tenant and landlord, this is essentially a comprehensive list of all details regarding the contents of the property; what furniture there is, what defects need to be repaired etc. This is in place before the start of the tenancy to ensure no disputes arising over repairs or maintenance.
- Paying the rent: always ensure that rent is paid in full and on time. This is the best way to avoid any complicated disputes or legal difficulties with your landlord. Usually, your rent will be paid via standing order to either your landlord or letting agent at an agreed frequency.
Being a tenant with Garness Jones means getting to know us personally, so our team can understand your preferences and adapt to the way you like things to be. We look after your interests, not just your landlord’s. Learn more about being a tenant with us here.
If you’d like to talk through the process of finding your new home, get in touch with our friendly team today, who’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.