You should ensure you take a checklist with you to each viewing and view the accommodation a couple of times and at different times of the day, e.g. morning and evening. We recommend you take a friend or relative with you to view the property.

 

Things to make a note of when viewing accommodation:

Security

 

House 1

 

 

House 2

 

House 3

Are there locks on the bedroom doors?

o

o

o

Do all external doors have a 5 bar mortice lock?

      If not, will the landlord fit one?

o

o

o

o

o

o

Is it going to be safe to return to after dark?  (e.g. Is the street well lit?  Is it near a bus stop?)

o

 

o

 

o

 

Is it near local amenities?  (e.g. shop/cash point)

o

o

o

Is there space to park a car at the property if you need to?

o

o

o

 

 

 

 

Sanitation and hygiene

 

 

 

Is there hot water?

o

o

o

Do the shower and all the taps work?

o

o

o

Do the sink and shower drain?

o

o

o

Does the toilet drain properly?

o

o

o

Are there any signs of pests?

o

o

o

Is there evidence of damp, mould, dry rot?

o

o

o

 

 

 

 

Outside the property

 

 

 

Are all the drains clear?

o

o

o

Does the guttering look firmly attached?

o

o

o

Does the roof look sound?

o

o

o

If there is a garden, do the tenants have to look after it and is the landlord providing tools?

o

o

 

o

o

 

o

o

 

Gas and Electricity

 

 

 

Does the cooker work?

o

o

o

Does the thermostat work?

o

o

o

Does the heating work?

o

o

o

Is there a current gas safety certificate?

o

 

o

 

o

 

Decoration

 

 

 

Does any decorating need doing?

     If so will it be done before you move in?

o

o

o

o

o

o

Does it come furnished?

o

o

o

 

 

 

 

Contracts and money

 

 

 

Do you understand the entire contract?

o

o

o

Will your deposit be secured in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme?

o

o

o

Can you sign the contract as soon as you pay the deposit?

o

o

o

Is there an admin fee?

o

o

o

Have you calculated the weekly rent and can you afford it?

o

o

o

 

 

 

 

 

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