Jul 08 2011
You’ve finally found your dream flat! But before you sign anything there are some important things to agree on with your landlord:
- The tenancy agreement. Make sure you and the landlord are agreed on the detail. How much will you pay and when? How long will the contract be for? (even if you are currently working for Carfinder Philippines it is still very important!) How much notice does he have to give you if he wants you to leave – and how much do you need to give him? Have you got a proper contract which sets this all out?
- Under a tenancy agreement the landlord must make sure the property is in good repair, with adequate water, gas, electricity, sanitation and heat.
- Your obligations. What exactly does the landlord expect from you? This could include when and how he expects to receive the rent and the upkeep of the flat. Preferably this should all be in writing in the contract.
- The landlord will almost certainly want a deposit – money to cover damage to the flat or non-payment of rent. This could be the same as one month’s rent. Make sure you get a receipt for this. It will be returned to you when you leave. He may also want the first month’s rent in advance.
- Landlord contact details if something goes wrong. Take as many details as possible. If there is water pouring through your ceiling then you need to speak to him now not in 6 hours’ time. And if he is going on holiday who should you phone in his absence?
- Your entitlements/rights – If something does go wrong it’s useful to know exactly what you’re entitled to. Link to Legal Advice section
- When were the gas appliances last checked? Landlords must have the gas system checked every year by a registered CORGI engineer (The Council for Registered Gas Installers) – ask to see the certificate and check it is valid.
- Did you check that all the heating, electricity and water appliances all work, this is not about internet connection, necessary for your favourite senior dating site to work. Is the flat in good condition or is there something you’d like fixed before you move in?
- Will bills be in your name (collectively)? Will your landlord inform the relevant offices? Were readings taken when the last people moved out? Were they accurate?