When you are viewing a house and likely to be one your very first, these are some good questions to ask to help you get some useful information and will hopefully help you get all the info you need!
- How long do your repairs generally take?
- What is included within the rent? (What Bills, TV License & Insurance etc) & is there a cap on the bills?
- Which deposit scheme are you with and how quickly are they returned if nothing is wrong with the property?
- How often are inspections and is there an inventory list? Does the inventory contain pictures and descriptions?
- What are the average bills for this area? (If bills aren’t included) This will help you figure out how much it will cost you
- Is there a lot of crime in the area / Is this a safe place to live?
- Is the property or you (meaning the agent) licensed with the local council or another body?
- How do we pay rent? Termly, monthly or weekly and is it by bank transfer or standing order
- What are the cancellation terms if I have to drop out?
- Can I stay for more than one year if I like the accommodation?
These aren’t in order of importance and there are more questions, I have tried to steer away from all the obvious ones you will think of. You might not ask them exactly how they are written as it might seem a bit cringey, however, these cover the topics you need to ask!
As you ask these questions don’t be afraid to take notes on your phone, pad of paper or anything else so that you can remember all the information and compare it to the other houses you are going to view.
These questions are designed to help students assess a letting agent, landlord or student accommodations’ service and basic processes. However, please make sure you take answers with a pinch of salt. For example, question 6, they aren’t going to say no. That would put anyone off, but you can get a feel for the area and make sure that there are good locks on the external and bedroom doors.
The agents job is to sell you the room, house, studio or accommodation, you need to decipher who is a good provider with a quality house and who is charging a premium for an average service and quality.
You will only know this by viewing more than one house and knowing what the standard and price is for your city.