This article will give you advice and information on what you should be looking for in a house when you’re house hunting in Portsmouth.
Think carefully before committing yourself to a tenancy – the house may be in a great location, but that’s not to say that your time there will be as good. Look around carefully for any outstanding repairs and if possible speak to the current tenants and get their opinion of the house and landlord.
Houses advertised on Portsmouth StudentPad are fully furnished, with ‘study’ bedrooms (i.e. bed, wardrobe, shelving, noticeboard desk and chair included) and have white goods in the kitchen – they also contain a microwave and most have a washing machine. Some might have a dishwasher and tumble dryer included too. You should also have curtains/blinds in rooms, acceptable flooring throughout the property and enough ‘easy chairs’ in the lounge for the number of tenants in the property.
Houses offered by letting agents will clearly state if they are furnished, part-furnished or unfurnished – most houses offered as ‘student lets’ will have some form of basic furnishing. All furniture in the properties should be clean and undamaged and fit for its purpose, and soft furnishing items, such as sofas/chairs/divans/mattresses, must have a manufacturer’s fire safety label attached (which is a legal requirement).
House hunting checklist
Keep track of the houses you have looked at by filling in the details of them as you view them and then use this information to help you choose your best option. Don’t panic! Don’t accept the first house you see – try and view several houses before you make a final decision because once you’ve signed a contract for a house it’s difficult to break it. Here is a list of questions you should be asking when looking around houses:
Check things carefully before committing yourself to a property. If there is anything you are unhappy with or anything wrong with the property, inform the landlord in writing and keep a copy for yourself.
Or you can download this handy checklist from here, print it off and take it to viewings.
Property in a bad condition
A property in a poor state of repair may be an indication of the landlord’s management. If any work is necessary, make sure you request that this is completed before you move in, notifying the landlord in writing and keeping a copy of the letter for yourself. Ask the landlord to write back to you and confirm that the work will be completed by the start of your tenancy. The condition of the property may give you an indication of the response to any repair requests.
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