Guide to Renting

1. Let us know what you are looking for:

We at Coldwell Banker Carlton Estates have a vast array of properties on offer in the rental market to suit all budgets and requirements. Our negotiators will be available to show you any properties in which you have potential interest at a time which suits you. You can view our rental properties on our website, on or on at your own discretion. Once you find a property which you may have potential interest in, call us on 021-4278500 or 021-4274323 to arrange a viewing.

Once you decide on a property which you would like to reside in, let us know and we will move onto the next step with you.

2. Ensure you have your references:

In order for a property to be taken off the rental listings and for you to become a tenant, you must provide letters of reference. The purpose of the letter of reference is to acknowledge how you have treated past properties and payment situations, as well as acknowledgement of whether you can afford the property. Usually two letters of references are required from the following;

  • Current or previous landlord
  • Employer
  • Financial Institution

3. Ensure you have your deposit ready:

Along with your references, in order for the property to be taken off the listings, we would require a holding deposit for the property. This is usually the price of one month’s rent. This deposit will be held for the term of tenancy. The deposit will then be returned at the end of tenancy provided the property is left in the same condition as when obtained. Any deductions will be in line with the cost of fixing or replacing damaged property.

4. Know what you are signing:

Prior to moving into the property, read the contract fully and understand your terms and conditions. Most contracts are for a fixed term of 12 months, with some being for a 6 month term. Ensure you will be able to pay the rent for the fixed term. If you are unable to pay the rent for the full fixed term or wish to move property during this term, you will lose your deposit plus are responsible for the payment of all of the rent for until the contract expires.

Read the lease carefully and ensure you understand and acknowledge every detail. The lease is a legal contract which you must comply with once signed. If you do not understand anything, get clarification prior to signing. If you do not agree with something on the lease, mention it prior to signing and we will attempt to come to an agreement between you and the landlord.

5. Check the appliances, furniture and property issues:

It is best to check the appliances and furniture conditions when viewing the property and prior to signing the contract.

  • Ensure all appliances advertised are present, and any with issues are replaced prior to rental.
  • Check the hot water and the showers (remember to ask how the shower is heated).
  • Make sure the doors and windows are properly secure, not broken and do not leave a draft into the property.
  • Enquire about current telephone, television and broadband lines. Find out what lines are available in the area.
  • Check that the furniture, beds and mattresses are in good condition. If not, come to an arrangement by which unsatisfactory furniture are replaced.
  • Ask about alarm systems and make sure it is in working order.

Address any existing damage which you may notice during your property viewing. Arrange for the damages to be fixed prior to a move-in date. The landlord should also agree to carry out repairs which may arise at any time during residency.

 6. Know your rights as a tenant:

Under law, there are minimum standards which rental property must comply with.

  • It must be maintained in a proper state of structural repair without dampness or mould.
  • All rooms, particularly bedrooms, must have adequate ventilation.
  • All habitable rooms must have natural lighting.
  • There must be screening on any bathroom windows.
  • There must be adequate refuse storage facilities.
  • The installations for supply of gas and electricity must be in adequate condition and allow for the safe removal of fumes.
  • Each property must have a fire blanket and a fire alarm.
  • Multi-unit buildings must have a mains-wired smoke alarm, a fire blanket and an emergency evacuation plan.
  • In all accommodations, including studio apartments, a private toilet facility must be present.
  • Each property must have private kitchen areas and heating facilities.

In rental property, you also have a number of other rights including:

  • The right to have the property and appliances repaired if necessary. Landlords will need to be made aware of any required repairs.
  • The right to the return of your deposit on the conclusion of tenancy. This is on the provision that no rent is over-due and no damage is beyond normal wear and tear.
  • The right to have contact details to your landlord and property management company if there is one provided.

7. Know your duties as a tenant:

Along with the landlord having legal obligations to the tenant and rental property, the tenant themselves have a number of duties which they must abide by during tenancy. These are outlined in all leases.

  • Pay the rent in time and in full.
  • Refrain from causing damage to the rental property.
  • Refrain from allowing the property to fall into disrepair.
  • You must allow the landlord to inspect the property at reasonable intervals.
  • You must allow the landlord to carry out repairs.
  • You must respect the current residents in the local area, as well as their right to peace and quiet.
  • You cannot sub-let any property.
  • All residents’ information must be given to the landlord.
  • You must allow for any alterations to the property which the landlord may wish to complete for property improvements.
  • You cannot carry out a business from the property without permission.
  • Your personal items are not covered by the landlords’ property insurance.

8. Arrange a move-in date and schedule utility changeover:

Arrange a date to move into your property and take the meter readings with the landlord or property manager. Once this is done, call the utility suppliers (i.e. gas and electricity) and arrange a changeover of bills. Once this is complete, enjoy your new property!

9. Moving out:

When your lease is coming to an end and you do not wish to continue with your tenancy, remember to give your landlord or management company a month advance notice to quit. You will need to be moved out by the end date of your lease. After this, a property inspection will be carried out and any damage or unsatisfactory conditions (more than general wear and tear) will be noted and deducted from your deposit prior to return. Remember to hand back all keys and take note of utility meter readings in order for you to cancel your bills in that accommodation. 



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