Step-By-Step Guide to Renting

Space Estate Agents are proud to offer some of Liverpool’s most attractive properties to rent in the heart of the city. Our agents will go above and beyond to find a property that is right for you; we will in to account your needs and requirements as a tenant and ensure that you receive a quality bespoke service. We can match you up with a property which most suits your situation; if you are a student you may want to live near to your campus or if you are a family with young children your ideal property may be near schools.  Liverpool is a great place to live; we offer properties in the hustle and bustle of the lively city, or you may want somewhere quieter, perhaps in the suburbs. The beauty of Liverpool is that each area has its own unique character, there is something for everyone. Start your search today!

We have come up with a step-by-step guide for tenants to outline the process of renting a property:

  1. Location, Location, Location

The first step is deciding on a location. Depending on your situation, your location criteria will vary. It’s important to research an area thoroughly; does it have schools nearby? Is it well-connected? Are there any train stations nearby so you can commute to work? These are the factors you should consider when searching for your ideal location.

  1. Find a property to rent

When you discover your perfect location, it’s time to look for a property to rent. You should consider the following: your budget, whether you want a furnished or unfurnished property, do you want a garden and/or a parking space outside the property? Finding a property which ticks off all your boxes can be difficult. However, here at Space Estate Agents we are committed to matching you with a property which falls in line with your criteria.

  1. Viewing a potential property to let

When you find a property which piques your interest, it’s time to arrange a viewing with the estate agents. It is worth devising a list of questions regarding rent, bills and notice period etc to get a better idea of the property and your responsibilities as a tenant.

  1. Documentation

Once you have chosen a property and have been accepted by the landlord, you will need to sign a legally binding contract called the assured shorthold tenancy (AST). The AST is an agreement between the landlord and tenant which states the responsibilities of the occupier and details about the contract e.g. deposit, rent etc.

  1. Your responsibilities as a tenant

When you sign a contract with your landlord, you are agreeing to a set of terms and conditions. If your property is furnished, it is important to look after the furniture and make sure you don’t cause any damages; you will be liable to pay any expenses. When you sign the contract, it is also imperative to keep the property clean and be mindful of the surrounding community. In other words, no rowdy parties or engaging in anti-social behaviour. You could face eviction from the property.

  1. Extend or end tenancy

When you come to the end of your agreed tenancy, you have three options:

    1. End the tenancy and vacate the property

When your contract comes to an end and it’s time to move out you need to make sure that the property is clean, personal belongings have been removed and if there are any damages to the furniture, have them fixed professionally.

    1. Extend your tenancy by renewing your fixed term contract

When the contract ends, it can be formally extended by written agreement and a further period and terms are agreed.

Usually, the fixed term will be identical to the original tenancy agreement you signed. For example, if your original agreement was for 12 months, the renewed contract would repeat those 12 months.

    1. Switch to a rolling tenancy

When you enter a rolling tenancy, if your tenancy is paid monthly it will roll from month to month. Though useful in certain circumstances, a rolling tenancy can be terminated by either the landlord or the tenant at any time if the required notice period is given.