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By Griffin Lettings on 01/01/19 | Lettings Advice

Renting your first home can be a very liberating and exciting experience. It can also be a stressful and daunting one. However, with a little planning and research and a great agent behind you, there is no reason why you can’t have a hassle-free and happy moving day. In this article, we’ll take a look at the things you need to know and prepare for before you are handed the keys to your new home.

What Do First-time Renters Need to Know Before Moving Day?

Do your homework

Remember when your teachers would say doing your homework was important? Well, they were right, and that advice still applies outside the school gates. Thanks to the technology we have available today, there is no excuse or reason not to do some thorough fact-finding before renting your first property. From checking out the local area to finding the perfect property, all of these tasks can be carried out online.

Don’t stretch yourself

When renting a property, it is always important that you choose a property that you can afford. Living beyond your means could land you in hot water further down the line. Unpaid rent or late payment could mean you are evicted or that you find it hard to get a favourable reference from your landlord. In addition to your monthly rental costs, also be aware of any hidden costs, such as utility bills.

Be aware of deposits

Most rented accommodation requires a security deposit to be put down before you can move in. This down payment is usually kept by the landlord to pay for potential damage that is caused to the property while you are living there. If you decide to move to another property, a final inspection will be carried out by the landlord and your deposit paid back to you if everything is in order. Details of deposits together with their terms should be included in your tenancy agreement.

Get everything in writing

Before you agree to move into a property or part with any money, it is important to have everything drawn up in writing. This will ensure you know exactly where you stand as a tenant. A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document that details the rights, rules and regulations that you and your landlord need to agree on. It is essential that you understand the document before signing on the dotted line. If there are any areas you are not sure of, be sure to take them up with your agent or the landlord directly.

These are just some of the things you should be aware of a first-time renter. If you have any questions about finding the right property or your rights as a tenant, our team would be delighted to help.

By Griffin Lettings on 30/11/18 | Lettings Advice

As the cold weather and dark nights continue to draw in and you find yourself spending more time indoors, you might be feeling a little claustrophobic and in need of more space. Or perhaps your family is growing in size and you need more bedrooms and more living space in general. Whatever the reasons, knowing the right time to upsize and find a bigger rented property could make all the difference to your quality of life and enjoying the time you spend at home. In this article, we’ll look at the most common reasons for upsizing and how to find a property with more space.

When is the Right Time to Upsize and Find a Bigger Rented Property?

The great escape - for you and your friends and family

One of the most common reasons for upsizing is the need for more space to escape to and for friends and family to come and stay. If you’re fed up with pulling out the sofa bed, bumping into your mother-in-law on the way to the one bathroom in the house or you simply want to invite friends to stay more often, finding a bigger property will solve all of these problems and more.

A growing family

When it is just the two of you in a one-bedroom flat, space might not be an issue. It is only when the prospect of another person, albeit a little one, becomes a reality that you need to consider expanding your living space. While you might not need another bedroom in the first few months, it will become a necessity as your baby grows into a toddler.

Building a forever home

With long-term leases come long-term dreams. If you are considering a bigger property to turn into your forever home, you are not alone. More and more tenants are looking for properties they can call home for the foreseeable future. Perhaps you are looking for a property with a garden or a few extra bedrooms to turn into a study, playroom or TV room.

Flexible working arrangements

For many, the dream of working from home is becoming a reality as more and more employers allow their staff to ditch the commute and adopt this more flexible and convenient way of working. If space is an issue, you might want to consider upsizing to a property that has enough room for a home office, or at the very least a large desk and space for a printer.

When is the right time to upsize?

Whatever your reasons for moving to a bigger rented property, there is never a wrong or right time to start looking. Properties come and go throughout the year and so it’s a good idea to tell your agent what you are looking for early so that you don’t miss out. Have a list of must-haves so that your agent knows exactly what you are looking for and what you absolutely won’t or can’t compromise on.

If you would like to find out more about renting a property, get in touch with the team here at Griffin Lettings. We would be delighted to assist.

By Griffin Lettings on 12/11/18 | Lettings Advice

The property rental market is booming and it shows no signs of stopping. More and more landlords are investing in property and thanks to high prices in the sales market, more people are choosing to rent instead of buying outright. Whether you are looking for your first property rental or you are a seasoned tenant, here are a few tips to help you find the perfect property to rent.

5 Tips On Finding The Perfect Property To Rent

1. Review Your Finances

One of the first things a landlord will need to know is that you can afford the rent on their property and that you can make payments comfortably going forward. Before you go and view a property, get a good idea of what you can afford each month taking into account other expenses, such as energy bills, car costs, contents insurance, broadband and other living expenses. You will also need to have a deposit available to secure the property.

2. Finding A Property To Rent

Thanks to technology and the sheer amount of properties available in most regions, you should have no problem making a shortlist of properties to view. Take a day out of your schedule to visit local estate agents and view online property rental portals to get a good idea of what is out there. Just keep in mind that the rental property moves fast and property in high-demand areas will go fast. When you see a property you like, move as fast as you can.

3. Ask The Right Questions

Before you sign any tenancy agreement it is important to know as many facts as possible about a property. For example, if there is a garden, find out who is responsible for maintaining it. If you are thinking of owning a pet in the near future, make sure this is permitted in your tenancy agreement. Also, try to get a breakdown of any charges that are included in your rental agreement so that you know what you are paying for, when and why.

4. Check The Inventory

The inventory is a list of all items contained within the property right down to the last knife and fork or minor defect. Make sure you carefully review the inventory and make the landlord aware of any missing or damaged items the moment you move in, or before if you can. For example, if there is a mark on the carpet that is not mentioned on the inventory or anywhere in the tenancy agreement, make the landlord aware so that you are not held responsible. Not doing so may mean you don’t get your full deposit back.

5. Paying The Rent

Your rent will usually be paid by standing order directly from your bank account. Non-payment is a serious breach of your tenancy agreement and you should always go into any property rental with the confidence that you can afford your rent each month. If you do run into any difficulties, always be upfront and try to resolve any payment issues as quickly as possible in order to avoid court action or marks being made against you on future references.

If you would like to find out more about renting a property, get in touch with the team here at Griffin Lettings. We would be delighted to assist.

By Griffin Lettings on 10/07/18 | Lettings Advice

At Griffin Lettings we make the letting process simple, easy and affordable

spring advice for landlords tenants

With the Spring season underway and our feet firmly stepped within the month of April, perhaps this third of 2018 has got you considering your future living and renting arrangements as a Tenant. If you’re a Landlord, putting your property on the letting market may be the perfect time to strike a chord.

Whether you currently rent a property on the lookout for a new home, rented a property in the past or part of the new contingent of those looking to get on the letting ladder, it can take a long time to find the right property that you desire - this can be very frustrating, to say the least!

If you are serious about making 2018 a year for change and independence then it’s not too late! Here are a few pieces of advice which may help:

  • Tenant’s Time to Plan - decide on where your desired location area should be, what type of property you would like, and what budget you have available.
  • As a Tenant, you never know when the perfect property will become available - you need to be poised and ready to go. This also applies to Landlords too, remember the early bird catches the worm when it comes to attracting someone to occupy your property.
  • A property or a Tenant may not tick all of your boxes, but each approach may still be worth considering. After all, we have all been out shopping for a particular item and returned home with something completely different!
  • TALK TO GRIFFIN LETTINGS – The internet is a wonderful tool but you will be surprised how beneficial a quick chat with Griffin Lettings will be. We know the properties we currently have on the letting market, we also know our tenant’s requirements. We can highlight the benefits for both Landlord and Tenant for a perfect working relationship.
By Griffin Lettings on 01/07/18 | Lettings Advice

A new Landlord’s worst nightmare can often be the predicament of finding a Tenant and realising they’re a complete nightmare to deal with, from broken property to unpaid rent - So, what can you do to make sure the next occupant is a good, lasting one for you?

overcoming the tenants from hell
  • Make sure everything is above board and is water tight, there is nothing worse than a bad Tenant who knows his/her way round the loop holes. Once someone is living in the property they could stop paying rent and it will take time to propose your eviction notice.
  • Tenants can live rent free for up to ten months, it is sensible to have Legal protection insurance to cover you in the event of eviction etc. You should also get bank statements and a copy of their passport, driving licence, previous addresses, employers references and parents addresses - using a Letting agent to find Tenants for you, can take the stress away.
  • The next trepidation for a Landlord is to have an empty room or empty house. After all, people living in a room makes your much needed slice of income. But suddenly leaping into a rental agreement straight away is not always the way forward, having yet another wrong Tenant could come at a far higher cost - than the vacant room or property you have on the market. Ultimately, making the same mistake again and finding yourself back at Square One.
  • As much as it is nice to have a long lasting Tenant in the property, having a turnover of tenants can make good business - there’s often less that goes wrong in terms of problem tenants - and multiple housemates tend to keep tabs on each other and let you, the Landlord, know who is and isn’t playing by the book.
  • What you want is to get tenants who’ll stay for months rather than weeks, this will work better if you’ve got the right mix of people - Don’t put an elderly Gent with three student girls, but that comes under your target tenant as previously stated.
  • There should also be an element of trust between a Tenant and Landlord, despite any bad past experiences. For instance, if you’re round there three times a week checking up on them or popping in with your key - this could unsettle a Tenant and cause friction.
  • If you can be flexible with a Tenant then that will be a bonus, if your property is a family home you will obviously be an attractive proposition for a family with young children and possibly pets. More often than not, they will be in the property for the long haul and treat it like a family home if these are granted - If you look after them, they should look after your property.
  • At Griffin Lettings we specialise in helping our clients to find the right tenant at a very affordable price. For just £19.95 we will list your property with the UK’s leading rental portals, ensuring your property receives maximum exposure.
  • Renting a property can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our letting experts will give you all the support you need to find the perfect tenant and to get the best returns from your property investment. We don’t believe in high listing costs or hidden charges, which is why we only ever charge a fixed price of £19.95 for each property listing. Affordable, transparent and professional. That’s the Griffin Lettings difference.

For all enquiries at Griffin Lettings, please complete our online form on the website - we aim to respond within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can call us on 0345 561 0050.

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