When you make the decision to move into a rental property, you’re taking on the responsibility of someone else’s’ property, as well as building your own home. Which is why it’s worthwhile to take care of your home, and your landlord’s investment.
Our expert Thetford Letting Agents have put together some great tips to take care of your rental home, for the benefit of both you and your landlord.
Be aware of your responsibilities: when taking on a rental property, your responsibilities include:
- Choosing your internet provider: Your landlord isn’t required to install your internet, or determine who your internet provider will be. Both actions are solely up to the tenant, you
- Determine your energy provider: Again, whilst previous tenants will have already had sufficient energy providers, you have every opportunity to either stick, or change suppliers. Again, this is not up to your Landlord.
- Locked out: Should you accidently lock yourself out of your home, you can’t pick up the phone and call your landlord. Your keys and lock are your responsibility, which also means if you need to call the locksmith, the cost is yours to handle.
- Look after your pipes: All too often, blocked drains occur because products are flushed down the toilet and/or sink that shouldn’t. Items such as baby wipes, nappies, sanitary products, fat and food build-up.
- Garden maintenance: If your rental property includes a garden, then said garden is yours to manage the upkeep. Mow the grass, and keep your garden tidy, and when it comes to handing back the keys, your deposit will be grateful.
- Clean your home: Keeping your home clean is, of course, your responsibility, so do it regularly. Keep your bathroom well ventilated to prevent the build-up of mould and mildew. Many landlords have been known to call in the professional cleaners should things go array, at the cost to yourself.
- Stay on-top of maintenance issues: If you suffer with a leak, experience a build-up of mold, or an electrical item provided by your landlord (such as a washing machine) experience an issue, contact your property management/landlord ASAP.
- Dispose of rubbish accordingly: Be sure to enquire when refuse and recycling collections are, so that you are well prepared to correctly dispose of yours.
- Have a TV licence: If you watch the BBC through your TV or via your device, make sure you have your TV licence in place.
- Ensure you insure: While your landlord will have your building insurance covered, you will need to insure your contents.
Enjoy your rental property. However long you’re in your new home, enjoy it, and renting your home stress-free through your letting agency and/or landlord.