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5 Things You Should Ask Your Letting Specialist


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18-05-2016 - By: Steve Mercieca

On the hunt for a new place to rent, but you don’t know where tobegin? Here are five questions you should ask your letting specialist to get you started.

5 Things You Should Ask Your Letting Specialist

Maybe you’ve just booked your first appointment with your letting specialist and you’re now asking yourself, ‘What should I ask my letting specialist, anyway?’ 

Quicklets is here to help. These are the top 5 questions you should ask to find out more about the property you’ll be renting. 

1. When and how do I pay rent?

If you’re going to be renting out a property for the first time, it’s important to get your lease details ironed out well before the first rent pay-day comes along. First-timers should especially find out if they need to pay their lease a month in advance. 

You might also want to find out how the rest of the monthly rent payments are going to happen. 

Some landowners prefer cash up front, some prefer bank transfers, and some like to get paid in cheques. They’re all viable modes of payment, but if you think one of these is more likely to make your life easier, we’re sure your letting expert can sort something out.

2. How ‘long’ is a long let? 

Long let apartments mean you can only sign your name on the dotted line if you agree to occupy the property for a specified, typically lengthy, period of time. 

If you’re planning on finding a place to call home or business venue, this makes as much sense for you as it does for the landowner. But, it’s always good to know exactly how long your lease is – or rather, what the minimum possible stay is. 

Life has a way of being unpredictable, so it’s good to keep in mind what the minimum length of the let is. That’s why you should ask your letting specialist to be clear on this front when they’re property hunting for you. 

3. How do I pay the water and electricity bills?

Landlords can decide to either forward the water and electricity bills to you once they receive them, or to include them with your monthly rent so to avoid hassle. It’s really up to them.

However, if you prefer one way over the other, you should let your letting specialist know so they can find exactly what you’re looking for. They’ll also be able to give more in depth knowledge of how paying the bills works, and to give you further advice on the matter. 

4. What facilities or appliances are already in place?

If you’re looking for a property to live in, you probably want to know what level of comfort to expect. Knowing if there’s a toaster in the kitchen, if the washing-machine leaks or if the lift in your apartment building is properly licensed and maintained can spare you some future worry. 

Alternatively, if you’re looking for somewhere to house your commercial business, you might want to check if the building has the toilets or kitchenette that you might be expecting.

Whatever you’re looking for, make sure to ask your letting specialist about the facilities and appliances you’re going to be renting. They’ll be happy to give you all the information you need.

5. What’s the surrounding area like?

When you’re going to rent a place, you’re also buying into the lifestyle that comes with the surrounding area of the place you’re renting.

Ask yourself, and then ask your letting specialist, some specific questions like ‘Does the commercial space come with the parking area I need?’, ‘Is it easily accessible?’, and ‘Does the flat have all the amenities I want within walking distance?’

Whatever your ideal lifestyle or work environment looks like, our letting experts at Quicklets are sure to find you your dream property.