A Guide to Renting Property in Central London

  • Only rent through an agent that is a member of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) – for the financial security of your deposit, and peace of mind that they are up-to-date knowledge on safety and other tenant-related legislation
  • View at least four properties before making a decision, but do not delay in making a decision, as properties are snapped up.
  • Ask who will be managing the property during your occupation
  • Expect to put down a non-refundable holding deposit to reserve the property, while references are taken – expect to pay a modest amount for these
  • Check whether this deposit – or any of it – is non-refundable if the tenancy does not proceed
  • Established whether the property is furnished, and which contents seen at the viewing might be removed or belong to the out-going tenant
  • Expect to pay a security deposit of above six weeks rent – to cover the contents and condition of the property. Ask where and by whom the deposit will be held
  • Expect to pay for energy supplies, council tax, water rates (and telephone) in addition to your rent, and take out insurance to cover your own possessions. The landlord pays buildings and his own contents insurance, ground rent and service charges, and for repairs and maintenance
  • Insist on there being prepared a detailed inventory of the contents and condition of the property, as you will be responsible for breakages, loss and damages – other than anything due to ‘fair wear and tear’.
  • Expect to receive a gas safety certificate for the boiler and appliances prior to moving in.
  • We will provide you with more information on lettings in our ‘Notes to Tenants’, when we show you around some available properties. We been in the business of caring for tenants for the last 30 years, so you will be in safe hands if you rent through us!

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