If you are looking for a property to rent in St Albans, you will need to book a property viewing with the letting agent or landlord. Daniels will always accompany these viewings. This is your chance to ask questions about the property and decide whether it is the right one for you. There are a number of important questions to ask when viewing a rental property in St Albans, so we’ve put together a helpful list below.
How much is the deposit?
This will be the largest sum you will have to pay during the process, so it’s important to consider your budget and whether you are able to afford the property. For properties with a rental value of less than £50,000 a year, deposits are limited at five times the weekly rent. You should also enquire about the type of deposit protection scheme they will use. All reputable letting agents like Daniels, must use a scheme such as the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.
Are bills payable separately to the rent?
Some landlords include a combination of electricity, gas and council tax bills within the required rent payments. Ask this upfront so you can weigh up costs on your side. Also be sure to ask about any potential service charges if you are moving into a flat/apartment block in St Albans.
Who will be managing the property during the tenancy?
All properties via Daniels are managed by us but in many cases with other agents you will deal with the landlord directly. It is important to know who to contact when it comes to maintenance and repairs for plumbing issues and unexpected emergencies.
What heating system is in place?
Find out how old the boiler is and whether it’s electric or gas operated. If the property is not a new build, ask how much the bills are likely to be each month/quarter or check the EPC rating for advice.
Is broadband and Wi-Fi available in the property?
Enquiring about this will let you know what you need to plan on your side if you move in. If telephone lines aren’t active you may have to set-up an Openreach installation (BT, Sky, TalkTalk). Also ask what 4G reception is like in the area.
What storage options are available?
Everyone needs good storage and it can sometimes be the decisive factor when it comes to choosing the right property. See what cupboard space is available in the kitchen, bedroom, hallway, rear of the property and potentially even in the attic.
What is included in the inventory?
Before any tenant moves in, an inventory will be taken to make record of the condition of certain items before and after the tenancy, which could impact on how much of the deposit is returned. Find out what is included in the property and what you are expected to take care of during the tenancy.
Are the windows and doors secure?
Check the locks on the windows and doors – especially if the property is on the ground floor. This will have a direct impact on any contents insurance you take out if you move in. If the locks need updating, when will they be doing it?
Are there any local amenities nearby?
If you are new to St Albans it’s important to know about any local shops, schools, gyms and parks that are nearby. Where is the nearest supermarket and what is the crime rate like in the region?
If you are thinking of renting property in St Albans, get in touch with our friendly letting agent team who will be happy to help.