Arrange a Viewing
Contact the landlord or the agent advertising the property and ask for a viewing. Try and arrange a time so that all potential house mates are able to attend.
Once the viewing is arranged it is important to consider the following points prior to your viewing.
- Always take someone with you or if that’s not possible, tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back.
- Try and imagine what the area will be like at night time. Is it well lit and will there be many people around?
- It is very important not to let your instincts be clouded by your social behaviour – do not give out unnecessary personal details to anyone whom you may have contact with when arranging to view a property.
- If possible, arrange for someone to accompany you or to come and collect you from the property at a pre-arranged time.
- Try to arrange the viewing during daylight.
- Most importantly, trust your instincts. If you have a funny feeling about something, leave straight away
Download a Property Check-list and take it with you when viewing a property.
Outside the Property
- Does it look in a good state or repair on the outside?
- Does the property have a burglar alarm?
- Is the guttering intact
- Are there any missing slates on the roof?
- How about the windows, do they look in a good state of repair?
- Do the doors lock secure with good locks?
- Is there a garden? Who is responsible for maintaining it?
- Is the property licensed? – From the 30th June 2006 the Housing Act 2004 placed a duty on local authorities in Wales to license houses in multiple occupation. The local authority is responsible for checking standards in private rented accommodation.
Inside the Property
- Are there any disrepair issues e.g. damp, mould, leaks, bare wires etc?
- Is the property in good decorative order?
- Is it centrally heated?
- Are there adequate heaters?
- Are smoke detectors fitted and working in the house?
- Are there any other fire safety devices?
- Does the furniture comply with the furniture and fire safety regulations? Check to see if it has a label.
- Is the property licensed? Any 2 or 3 storey property that is occupied by 4 or more persons must be licensed with the local authority. Have you seen the licence?
- Do the gas/electric fires work?
- Is the Landlord a member of Landlord Accreditation Wales
What is Landlord Accreditation Wales?
The Landlord Accreditation Wales (LAW) Scheme is a national scheme. It recognises good landlords and helps them differentiate themselves from less reputable landlords who give the rental market a bad name. It also allows tenants to seek out professional landlords who offer good, well managed
If you and your fellow house mates are happy with the property it might be time to move to the next step and discuss Contracts