Tips for first time renters!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Rewind back two years and I was moving into my first student house, I was nervous to move out of home but the excitement took over. I felt like a real adult, my mum wasn't going tell me to clean up anymore or to turn my music down. I would be in control and I could do whatever I wanted. Living in a student house is fun, but it's also nowhere near as difficult as moving into a place on your own or with my ex in my case. So rewind back again but this time to July 2016, I had moved into a new house, a bigger house and it was all mine. By this point I was ready to never live with another person again, moving is hard and getting settled with anxiety is even harder. However I am still in that property and I am super lucky as my landlord is lovely. So I am here to share my top tips for first time renters in collaboration with Homelet. Let me know in the comments your tips for first time renters. 




Look around until you're sure: 
Renting a property in my opinion is never going to be your perfect house, as you are not allowed in most cases to make the changes you want to make, however it's worth finding a place you at least want to live, if you're completely picking apart the place it probably isn't the one for you. Although it doesn't have to be a place you love for years at least make sure it is somewhere you enjoy being.

Make sure you can afford it: 
I remember when I was going flat viewing any of the ones I liked were out of my price range slightly, and even though it was only slightly that would leave me short every month. Even though the flat was nice and somewhere I could imagine myself living, the idea of worrying about money just made it not worth it. Half of the battle is finding somewhere nice within budget, but it's possible. I'd advising get all of the apps you can think of letting agencies and check them multiple times a day, something is eventually going to come up. 

Work out your bills beforehand: 
So you can afford the rent on the property, but how much are the bills. There are so many bills I didn't even think to consider when I moved in, but dependant on where you live and the factors of your living conditions these will vary for each person. But it's definitely worth working out council tax along with a rough estimate based on your previous home how much gas and electric you will use. Just to see if you can afford it. For example, heating a house is expensive and the bigger the house the more heat you'll need, it's things like that. It's worth checking how much your council tax will be prior also. Living on your own and being a student gets you 25% discount I believe. Which can be quite handy, make sure you advise the council of this and they will take it into account. OH and Tv license is another which nearly caught me out, I completely forgot they existed due to just watching Netflix in my student house, it's worth setting up a monthly direct debit for this so it's small chunks rather than all at once. 

Listen to advice: When I moved out and people tried to give me advice I felt like they were trying to take over my experience of moving out, however now I realise they were just trying to help. If someone tells you pieces of advice most of the time it's worth listening to. You think you know everything but really you often don't. It's great to hear other peoples experiences of moving out and their struggles so you can learn from them!


What tips do you have for anyone looking to rent for the first time? Share them on Twitter with #RentingRules!

*Collaborative post 





21 comments

  1. These are some great tips - thanks so much for sharing!!

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  2. I would (and have) talk to your local police department and ask them about the neighborhood. Ask them about the crime rate and any other problems. Also,ask the landlord how many times has the place been rented out in the past 3 years. High turnover indicate a landlord doesn't do a proper background check and in a apartment setting,that could mean trouble.

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  3. Great advice! I definitely agree about looking around when it comes to finding somewhere to rent! I've checked out some awful places in the past, and have later found some gorgeous places that have been actually been a bit cheaper! :) xx

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  4. This is great advice. Up until 3 years ago I was renting and I think I could have used this advice prior to doing so back in my 20s

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  5. Some of these tips can apply to buying a house, either for the first time or not. Especially the looking around AND figuring out the bills, because sometimes you think money can stretch a lot further than it usually does or can.

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  6. Working out the finances prior to committing is key, I have seen many who end up in hot water because they do not do this or are unrealistic about costs :) x

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  7. Working out the finances beforehand is so important! Especially if, like us, you want to save for a mortgage deposit at the same time.

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  8. Checking your bills is one of the biggest things, I think finding out about moving out situations are important as you don't want to be caught out if you do decide to move x

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  9. What a great post, i first rented over 20 years ago and went in without thinking. My son is going to uni next year and will have to rent so I will show him this post so he thinks things through clearly x

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  10. One of the things I'd say is take pictures of everything (and an inventory) to help you get your deposit back and to highlight what (if anything needs doing). Also check when the last time they had their gas checked and that you have a carbon monoxide detector (as well as functioning smoke alarms). I'd also make sure you get any promises of things to be fixed/dealt with written down (email is ideal) for accountability.
    Lastly, visit the area at night (does it have decent streelighting etc) as you need to be safe.

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  11. Checking out the bills beforehand is a great tip - they can really add up.

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  12. I remember looking for a student house to rent last year and it felt like a nightmare. Many students will just choose the first one if it's the right size but after going straight into student housing in my first year and not having a choice of where I lived I made sure to have a proper good look around!

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  13. This is absolutely very helpful! I wish I had the opportunity to see a helpful detail like this back in the day when I was still renting. Thank you! Will share to my friends.

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  14. Great tips. A lot of police forces now have crime alerts you can subscribe too as well which tell you about the crime rate in a new area.

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  15. Great advice! Too often people think that the person giving advice is poking their nose it, however they are usually giving you the benefit of their wisdom, so it is always wise to listen to it!

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  16. Great tips. You're so right, you need to make sure you can afford everything and be realistic about what you can afford too.

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  17. I completely agree with have a good look around to see what is available. We were so lucky when I was a student to find a detached house that was on the market and the landlord wanted it to be occupied while it was being sold. We lived in luxury for a full year at a cheap price before it was sold.

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  18. When it is time to move in, take lots of photos of the place before you furnish it so you know what state it was in. It helps get your deposit back

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  19. Calculating your bills before hand is defo something I'd too recommend to anyone!! Rent Cana be quite steep and although it could seem manageable it can be quite hard if you haven't factored in your excess of bills!!

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  20. Finances are so important to me! I really enjoy saving and making sure I don't loos money!

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  21. I've been renting for years now and it can be a total nightmare! Between flatmates and dodgy landlords, there always seems to be something!

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