Looking to rent a property? We’re here to help
Renting a property is an excellent option for some lifestyles as it doesn’t have the commitment of a mortgage. Whether you’re testing out a new area before you buy, on secondment, or just better suited to renting, we can help you find your dream property. Our guide to renting a property in West Midlands and the surrounding areas can help you get your move on.
Tenant's guide to renting
When you know the location and type of property you’d like to rent, it is a good idea to register with an agent. The rental market is highly competitive and fast-paced, but by registering, you can often access properties before they’re even advertised.
Short-term or long-term?
As well as deciding how many bedrooms and the desired location, you’ll also want to determine if you are looking for a short let or long-term let. A short let is often the choice of those waiting to move, renovate, work, or get to know the location. Sometimes bills are included, and the property will come fully furnished, but it is always best to check. A long-term let would usually be unfurnished, and the tenant would be responsible for paying all bills. A long-term let is anything from 6 months onwards.
View properties, make an offer
When you’ve found a property that interests you, you’ll contact your agent, who can book a viewing and show you around the home. If it’s suitable and you like what you see, you can make an offer, which the agent will take to the landlord. Once the offer is accepted, the agent will collect references, arrange a tenancy agreement, collect your deposit, check your ID, and conduct Right to Rent checks. Once everything is processed, you will have a date to move in.
Maintenance of your rental property
If your rental is fully managed, you can contact your dedicated property manager to share any concerns or maintenance issues. With a fully managed property, you are assured that the rental complies with safety regulations. If your landlord manages the property, you must contact them directly with maintenance issues.