Renting Property Guide - Tenant Property Checklist

publication date: Jul 6, 2010
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

Renting Property Guide - Tenant Property Checklist

It’s easy to fall in love with a property and then just do whatever you need to rent it! However, be careful, take your time – however much pressure you are being put under – to check the property is the right one for you and follow our renting a property guide 'Tenant Property Checklist' below.

More importantly check it is being let legally and that the landlord is not cutting any corners!

Use the following checklist to help you to choose the right property:-

  • Where do you want to rent – can you get home safely at night time as well as during the day? 
  • Do you need a property to yourself or would you mind renting a room instead? 
  • How many rooms do you need?  Don’t necessarily allow for visitors – you can have a sofa bed or send them to a local B & B!
  • Don’t pay for things you don’t need, like luxurious bathrooms and kitchens, unless that’s what you really want.
  • How long do you want to rent for?  If its two years, make sure the property will be available for that length of time. 
  • Make sure the property has the required Gas and Electrical Safety certificates and a history of checks made previously.  
  • Ensure that items such as boilers, gas or electrical fires, dishwashers or cookers must be tested every year by a qualified professional such as an electrician or a CORGI-registered or NICEIC.
  • Any furniture has to pass current Fire Safety regulations.
  • The property must be fitted with working smoke alarms, preferably connected to the mains.
  • Check how quickly repairs for example, to appliances will be made.

For more information and help on renting property, also take a look at the following tips and articles:-

The Importance of an Inventory

Top Tips for Tenants

Watch out for Letting Agents Running off with your Cash!

10 Ways to be the Best Tenant!

Top Five Tenant Responsibilities to Your Landlord

Are you a first time renter or need help with your tenancy agreement or inventory? Then contact us at or tel 0845 838 1763 for independent answers.




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