Renting your first house

Whether you’re a first-year looking for private accommodation, or a second year that hasn’t sorted out accommodation. We know that renting your first home can be very overwhelming, so this guide will tell you all you need to know.

Search online

The most important thing when renting a house is to look at what’s available, and the details of the houses you like. Having a look online is the first step to finding your home, it will give you the initial information you’ll need by showing you images of the rooms, where the house is located, and the price of rent.

Letting agencies usually have a  contact us page on their website, so if you have a query about the house, want to book a viewing, or need some further information, it’s best to contact the letting agency or the landlord to find out the information as soon as possible.

Go on a viewing

Going on a viewing will allow you to get a real feel for the place or places you are interested in. You’ll have a chance to fully engage with the house as opposed to just looking at images online, which will help you make a well-rounded decision.

If you are viewing a house as a group, it’s best to have all the potential tenants viewing the house at the same time, that way everyone will get the see the rooms for themselves without any bias.

When looking for a home,  you don’t necessarily need to have a specific place in mind to book a viewing. Any letting agency will be happy to help you decipher a budget and narrow down the houses that fit your specification.

You can contact the letting agency directly and make an appointment, or go into their branch.

Getting your paperwork done

Completing any contract can seem a little daunting, especially when it comes to signing for a house. If you are starting out at university or even if you are in your second year, you may not have ever signed a tenancy agreement before, let alone find a guarantor. For most students, this is the trickiest part when taking on a tenancy.

A guarantor is someone who will guarantee your rent is paid, for example, if you, the tenant, are unable to make a payment, your guarantor will cover you. For many students, a guarantor will be a parent or a relative. Once contracts have been signed, paperwork will be sent to the chosen guarantor to be completed before the tenancy is approved. We understand that not everyone has a guarantor that meets landlord’s specifications, so if that’s the case, you just need to speak to us.

Once a house has been decided on, an admin fee will usually be taken. This fee covers the letting agency’s time to create your tenancy documents e.g. drawing up your tenancy agreement, contacting the landlord to discuss your application etc. It is a standard practice (certainly in Chester) and something most agencies will require. It all may seem confusing at first but we promise, the lettings process isn’t as scary as you might initially think. For more information on guarantors and the general lettings process, check out what it’s like living with us.

We pride ourselves on finding a let that students will love. If you are still in need of accommodation for the upcoming academic year, see what houses we have available for September 2016.

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