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I am going to view some flats for rent soon for my daughter, it's the first time I have ever done this and would be interested to know what questions I should be asking the agent? For example; should I ask, 'who is the owner of the property'? 'Who are the Managing agents and what are they responsible for'? and can I barter?

Asked on Jan 17 2010, Renting in Bournemouth | Report content

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  • Yes to all your suggestions, plus, ask who will deal with problems if any should arise. Such as broken boilers etc! If it is the Landlord/lady ask how local they live, you don't want to be waiting for the agent to track down an overseas landlord/lady before any repairs can be done. Yes you can barter, often taking twelve months can get you a decent amount off the monthly rent! Read the lease carefully, make sure you point out any problems or damage in the property when you are doing the move in with the agent, so you are not blamed. Anything you have on your mind, ask the agent, no question is a stupid one! Good luck.

    Answered on Jan 17 2010, Report content
  • Yes, there are many questions you should ask. Firstly if there are any bills included. Also ask why the previous tenants left. It may be that there were noisey neighbours. You need to check what furnishings there will be in the property. Check to also see if there is a gas safety and Energy Performance Certificate, both of which are legal requirements. You probably wont be told who the owner is, especially if the agents are managing the block. however when the time comes to move in, make sure you are aware of who to go to if you have a maintenance issue. Lastly yes you can barter on the price. Many Landlords ask for more knowing that they will have to take a hit.

    Answered on Mar 11 2010, Report content
  • You should firstly ask what its going to cost you to move in. Holding deposit? Security depoisit? Reference fees? Admin fees? Definately try an offer although its unlikely to get a Landlord to accept less than 10% of what's being asked unless you're offering to pay 6 months rent or more in advance. Ask the agent whether they will be the contact for maintenance issues or whether it will be the Landlord direct. Letting agents offer different packages for landlords and I would personally avoid renting from a private landlord for a number of reasons. Lastly but most importantly, ask which sceme your security deposit will be held in! There's a Landlords advice bureau in Poole if you need to know anymore. There number is 01202 930930. Good luck! Landlords Investors Club, Bournemouth.

    Answered on Oct 30 2011, Report content
  • Ask the agent if they are wearing sock braces, if yes run a mile you can't trust him.

    Answered on Apr 7 2015, Report content

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