Tips for tenants: how to rent a house in London

Want to rent an apartment or house in London? We will help you in this difficult matter. Take advantage of our advice and learn about the features of the rental.

1. A security deposit needs to be protected. Having received a deposit from the tenants, the landlord must take measures to protect it. This must be done within 30 days in accordance with the State Tenancy Deposit Scheme. Otherwise, tenants have the right to file a lawsuit against the landlord and receive compensation, which is three times the amount of the deposit.

2. Rent payment can improve your credit rating. Do you pay on time for rent? If it is so, then you have another program available, aimed at increasing your credit rating. The lessee needs to enter your details into the Rental Exchange program, indicating your rental payments. Then this information is sent to the Experian bureau of credit histories.

3. Rent an apartment at the elderly or people with disabilities. Share and Care - a company that unites homeowners (usually the elderly and people with disabilities). They will gladly provide you with accommodation for a small fee and help around the house.

4. Do not delay property insurance. If you are renting a house, it is better to immediately insure all household property. Otherwise, you will not be able to receive a refund if an accident occurs. But the insurance of the building itself is the responsibility of the lessor.

5. Ask the landlord questions about housing conditions. Where is the valve on the pipeline? Where is the electrical shield? Where to find the gas and electricity meter? On what day do they take out the garbage? Can a landlord provide instructions for electrical appliances? Who delivers gas and electricity? Where is the thermostat? What is the phone number of the landlord or his representative? Where is the TV antenna?

6. Do not forget to redirect your mail and update all addresses. Having moved, do not forget to redirect your mail so that all accounts come to your new address. This can be done through the Royal Mail website.

7. You can install a water meter. Some residents in England and Wales can save hundreds of pounds by installing a water meter.

8. If you have a dispute, get free legal advice. If you have any problems with the landlord, you can apply for help to one of the Housing Charity Shelter offices in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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