Tips for Tenants Guide for first-time renters

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Plan your budget

You will have a few significant outgoings when you first set up a new tenancy:

Other initial outgoings might include:

  1. The Agency Fees (commission)
  2. Transportation of personal wares and furniture if the property is not furnished.
  3. Furnishings, if your chosen property is unfurnished.

Once you have moved in, you will have ongoing costs

Make sure you take all of these costs into account when you’re thinking of renting a property.

Write down a projection of all your monthly expenses (not forgetting money to spend on food, clothes, utilities, etc) so you can see how much money you have left for rent.

Search for a property

When do you want to move? We recommend beginning your search around 6-8 weeks before your ideal move date.

Start looking for a house to rent. Property portals like allow you to register for daily updates of new properties and this is a great way to stay ahead of the competition from others searching for property.

Depending on what you can afford and your circumstances, you may decide to rent somewhere on your own, with a friend, or find a room in a shared house.

If you’re a smoker, have children or pets, etc your pool of properties may be limited as not every landlord will accept these kinds of tenants.