How can I make sure that my move in is stress-free, while ensuring that I receive everything I need from my landlord/agent?
Moving can be a stressful time, but if you have a clear idea of what you need to do and what you should receive from the landlord/agent, the process can go very smoothly.
Referencing is a process that all tenants will have experienced, but if it’s your first time renting or you need a reminder of what to expect from referencing, you will be expected to provide photo ID and proof of address, amongst other things.
There are many documents you should expect to receive from the landlord or agent of your new property, including the Gas Safety Certificate and the Deposit Protection Certificate with Prescribed Information.
Once you have moved in there are a few things you need to do before you can start the all-important settling in process, including setting up a standing order for your rent, organising utility bills at the new property and cancelling your old accounts, applying for any parking permits and registering to vote.
After doing all of the above, you can relax and enjoy your new property, with the knowledge that you have done everything required of you.
What to expect from Referencing?
Many agents will outsource their referencing requirements to third party specialist companies who will conduct the referencing on behalf of the agent in question. The agent should tell you who will be conducting their referencing, however you will be expected to undertake/provide the following as part of the referencing process:
A credit check – this will normally be conducted by the agent or third party referencing company
Copy of Photo ID (Passport or Driving Licence) – this will be required as per the Immigration Act 2014 ( you will be required to provide the original in person to the agent at some point prior to move in too)
Proof of Address – Utility Bill or Bank Statement
Details of employer or prospective employer
Details of current landlord
What documents should I receive from the Agent/Landlord?
There are various pieces of information that you should receive from the landlord or agent when you are taking up occupation of a new rented property and these are the following:
Energy Performance Certificate
Gas Safety Certificate (conducted by a Gas Safe registered Engineer)
Copy of tenancy agreement (it is useful to receive this before the day of move in so that you can read through and take advice if necessary)
Check In/Inventory Report (evidencing the condition of the property on the day you took possession)
Deposit Certificate with Prescribed information (this should be sent to you within 30 days of the tenancy commencing)
How to Rent Guide
What do I need to do once I have moved in?
You will receive a copy of the check in inventory from the agent/landlord – check this against the property as you move in and make note of any questions concerns – report these back to your agent/landlord (preferably with photos immediately – within first few days)
Register yourself on the Electoral Roll
Set up a standing Order with your bank for your rent (ideally this should be 2-3 days before your rent is due)
Apply for any parking permits required
Set up utilities (Electric, Water, Gas) and close down your accounts for your previous property
Transfer Cable/Broadband providers to your new property
Register yourself with the Local Authority for payment of Council Tax and close down your account for your previous property
Register to Vote
Transfer your TV licence from your previous property/buy a TV licence
Obtain Tenants Contents Insurance and provide a copy to your agent
Organise Postal Redirection
Update your Bank, Dentist, Doctor, Employer, friends and family with your new address
11th August 2017
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