Estate Agents in Portadown, Northern Ireland

Renting Advice

We offer advice on renting a property


How Can I Find a Suitable Property and What Should I Look For?

First of all you will need to find a suitable property for yourself. Make sure you are going to be able to afford the rent for the property and that it suits your requirements, especially if it is long-term. Ensure the property is in a safe condition and meets all the relative standards and regulations. Here's a list of things to look out for: Is the property properly heated and how does the system work?

  • Do the taps and toilet flush work?
  • Is the wiring safe? When was it last changed/checked/serviced?
  • Where are the smoke alarms and fire exits?
  • Is the furniture in good condition? NB: Always test the bed for lumpy mattresses!
  • Can I put up pictures or redecorate? NB: If the answer is yes make sure you get this confirmed in writing to avoid disputes at the end of the contract.
  • Who are the neighbours? Are they noisy?
  • Where are the local transport facilities and shops?
  • Do the windows and doors of the property lock securely?
  • Is there a garage or provision to securely park my car? If anything in the property is not to your satisfaction ask whether it can be remedied. If this is something like upgrading the heating system for example though, it could adversely affect the rent for the property.
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What Should I Do Before I Move In?

When you decide on a suitable rental property your letting agent or landlord will need address details and references from any previous landlords, bank, employer or accountants if you are self employed, as well as a character reference from someone who has known you for a significant period of time. If this proves satisfactory a tenancy agreement will be set up. This offers protection to both landlord and tenant and lays down exactly what is required from both sides as well as stating the terms of the tenancy (the amount of rent, length of tenancy etc.).

You should read the tenancy agreement thoroughly before you sign it. The landlord must give you 2 clear months' notice to end any tenancy agreement.

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What Are My Rights and Responsibilities?

Keeping a good relationship with your landlord is a wise move. It increases your stature as a valued tenant, and it means your needs, concerns and legitimate complaints will be met with all due attention and action.

It's best to look after the property as if it were your own. This will improve your chances of extending your tenancy and ensure you get a good reference from your landlord when you are ready to move on.

If your landlord approves of improvements then you could try to get some financial support for it. This could be of benefit to both parties and can be advantageous in long-term rentals especially.

Remember that you have rights to privacy, not to be evicted and health, hygiene and safety during your tenancy. Also keep in mind that the landlord is responsible for:

  • Providing you with a copy of the most recent gas certificate for health and safety purposes (if appropriate).
  • Maintaining the structure and exterior of the property.
  • Maintaining the baths, sinks, basins and other sanitary installations.
  • Maintaining the heating and hot water installations.
  • Maintaining the common parts of the building and installations as detailed in the terms of the lease.
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