Once you’ve found your new home, there are still a few things you may need to do to ensure your tenancy runs smoothly.
First, check what your landlord plans to do with your deposit. By law, they must put it in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme within 30 days of receiving it. This ensures that your deposit is protected if you and your landlord disagree about how much of it should be returned when you move out. You’ll also have access to a free dispute resolution service.
You may also want to look into insurance which starts on the day you move in. The landlord should take care of buildings cover, so it’s just contents insurance that may be useful. It may be tempting to try and save money by going without, but if the worst happens, could you afford to shell out for a new laptop, iPod or DVD collection?
Different insurers offer different policies. For example, some will not insure shared properties and only your own contents will be insured in a furnished property, so it’s worth shopping around and looking into various different policies.
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If you are sharing a rented property, you need to have a chat with your housemates about how you are going to split and pay for bills. Will you each take responsibility for several bills or is it worth opening a joint bank account and each contributing a set amount each month?
Whichever method you choose, remember, it’s a good idea to put everyone’s name on the bills so you are all equally responsible for paying them.