What you NEED to know about private renting

Moving to London was definitely one the best decisions of my life but housing well that’s whole another story. After living one year in the university's halls of residence my friends and I decided it was time to get our very own house well rent to be more precise. So after spending hours and hours on the internet and going from an estate agent to the other we finally found our dream house in our dream area Camden. Picture it a group of 20 year olds living in Camden, it was truly a dream come true, it was a bit pricey but hey we got to live in Camden. Before we sign in the papers we got to meet our landlord a very nice gentleman but for some reason he was convinced that I am studying animal psychology and kept asking me questions if cats can develop anxiety disorders and phobias yeah right. But apart from that he was pretty nice, he gave as a big fat contract to read and I remembered read it the first page and sign it, that was our big first mistake. Even though it was our first time being tenants we were aware of our responsibilities but not our rights.




Few weeks after moving my flatmate complained that there was something in her bed and after having a better look we discovered she had bed bugs. In a “supposedly” new property with new furniture. We immediately called the landlord and he said he will come and have a look when he has time. Three days have passed and we still haven't heard nothing from him if we were three days paying the rent late I bet he would be outside our door. After almost two weeks he decided to come and replace the bed, my flatmate’s body was full of bites by then. After a while we heard weird noises coming from the ceiling, even though we were joking around about the house being haunted, we knew that it must be something wrong up there. It turns out that there was a small hole and pigeons were getting inside the ceiling. When the electrician came to check it out he was shocked and disgusted when he witnessed many pigeons’ dead inside the ceiling. Even though I haven’t seen them, only the visual and they way he described it made me sick to my stomach. We again called the landlord and he said he will take care of it soon. He is definition of soon though meant a month really. Apparently , pigeons carry over 60 diseases and we were living with dead pigeons on top of our heads. At this point we have also discovered mould. So within few months we had bed bugs, dead pigeons and mould our dream house turned into a nightmare. We decided we wanted to move out but since we signed a 12 months contract we stuck there and with one landlord who could not care less. After approximately 9 months we decided to leave the house but we were still paying rent. That greedy *ss man played on our naivety and took advantage of us.

 If you are looking to rent check out these tips so you know what you are getting into:

  • READ the contact twice until you fully understand it. 
  • Check the house thoroughly, look for any mould, look at the walls, the bathroom. 
  • Check the appliances while you there, make sure the washing machine is working properly and also the oven. They might look new and clean but it doesn't mean they are. 
  • Observe the details if there is anything that looks weird 
  • Ask for the landlord to put your deposit money in the deposit scheme
  • You landlord is obligated to fix any damages in the house 
  • KNOW your rights

    I cannot stress enough how important is to know your rights, me and my flatmates didn't we ended up losing lots of money and living in a hostile environment. Also make sure that your landlord is the legal owner of the property. My friend and her boyfriend were renting a council house without even knowing about it. Which was illegal and the landlord could be charged for criminal offence. Something you should definitely consider is tenant's insurance so you would be pretty cover from the hassles.
    HomeLet has put together an info-graphic following their latest Rental Index Stats. Make sure you have a look especially if you are looking to rent privately.


    Anna

    Let's Connect: @AnN3e


    *This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

16 comments

  1. We have a rently property and we always encourage our tenants to get renters insurance too. Very informative post:)

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  2. These are some awesome tips with a lot of great information! Knowing your rights is incredibly important. :]

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  3. What a horrible experience and those are risking some serious health issues. I am not surprised you guys moved out, how awful.

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  4. I wish I'd have known some of these tips before moving into and renting a property that we also had an awful experience with!

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  5. Oh my god that is even worse than my experience, at least it was just bed bugs and not dead pigeons and mold as well. That is so awful. It is very important to read all of your contract.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear this, glad you moved out. I have been renting privately so I can understand.

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  7. I private rent and have to say we have an amazing landlord if anything has gone wrong over the past 5 years he has fixed it without question - we do have our own home contents insurance

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  8. I'm thinking of renting out a place for extra cash...thanks for the tips

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  9. These are such great tips .. thank-you! I can't believe the bed bug story .. oh my gosh .. that's crazy

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  10. Great tips and in-depth info for someone who considers renting. Knowing what are you getting into and educating yourself is really important :)

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  11. Nasty experience you had there. You should always read every detail of your contract. There are so many dodgy landlords out there.

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  12. OMG! What an awful experience you had! I agree it is necessary to read the contract carefully and observe the details if there is something wrong or looks weird.

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  13. Knowing your rights is so important. I've been so lucky that I've had a wonderful landlord.

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  14. omg!! sounds like a nightmare!! There is a lot to look at when you rent place! Thanks for sharing

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  15. It's definitely important to watch out for these. Moving to a new home means moving to a space that you'll be at peace and comfortable in. So these are a must check!

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  16. Great post! I totally agree that knowing renters rights is very important as there're lots of people in this business who can make you fool!

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