First time renters should take care: NLA

After tenants have found the desired property, they should ask about any additional fees which they could incur and be aware of the scale of the financial commitment before sign a contract.

The guidance is part of a series of tips for people who are becoming tenants for the first time as students first become tenants at university.

Carolyn Uphill, chairman of the National Landlords Association and also a student landlord, said: “Entering the letting market can be daunting, particularly for those renting for the first time” . She added: “To ensure things go smoothly, it is essential that tenants are up-to date with their rights and responsibilities.”

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It is also crucial to get an idea of how much the heating is likely to cost by reading the property’s Energy Performance Certificate.

When tenants hand over their deposit, ask which tenancy deposit protection provider the landlord will be using as landlords must protect all deposits within a government-licenced tenancy deposit protection scheme.

Also once settled into the property, tenants should report any accidents or damage to the landlord as soon as possible and when they leave the property, they must ensure it is in the same condition as when they first move in.