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When it comes to renting, it may seem like a relatively simple process; pick the flat or house
you like and pay the rent on time. However, even though renting doesn’t come with the
same financial burden as buying a property, there are plenty of pitfalls that first-time
renters fall into time and time again. Here are our top ten mistakes, so you don’t have to
Not working out your finances
The most important thing with renting is, can you afford it? If you can’t pay the rent, along
with utility bills, taxes, and necessities like food, look for something cheaper! The last thing
you want is to be losing money each month when you may have been able to find a more
Not leaving it in a good state
When it comes to moving out and getting your deposit back, landlords will inspect the
property for any dirt or damage. Cleaning and maintenance fees will come out of your
deposit, so make sure you leave it as you found it.
Not taking pictures
Sometimes damage and dirt was there when you moved in. If you notice
anything off, take a picture to use as proof later to avoid a charge.
Not getting contents insurance
Just because you are only renting doesn’t mean you don’t need some good insurance to
back you up. If someone breaks in and steals all your valuables, you want to be able to be
safe in the knowledge that your insurance company will back you up and cover the losses.
The cardinal sin. Maybe you were under pressure to get the deal done quickly. Maybe you
thought the photos were a good enough representation. Always book a viewing before
putting your money down to ensure you are getting exactly what you wanted and expected.
Not every landlord will price their properties as competitively as others. Do your research
and compare nearby properties before putting your money down to ensure that you aren’t
Not reporting damage early
If something breaks through wear and tear, like a fridge or oven, it is down to the landlord
to get it fixed. Make sure that you report it as soon as possible for quick results.
Signing without reading
Always read the contract before you sign it. Most renting contracts will require you to sign
each and every page after you read it. It is always good to know what you are getting
yourself in for. What you are required to do, and what is required of your landlord.
Not checking the area
You pay your money. You move in. Then you realise there is no train station within 10 miles
and you can’t get to work. Do your research and ensure the neighbourhood has what you
Not setting up utilities
Always set up your gas, electric, water, phone, and broadband before moving in. You don’t
want to be left without the necessities.