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Herr Muller

1. Have a sheaf of glowing references, present copies of these to the letting agent.

2. A bank reference, stating you are good for the rent and that you are solvent may help.

3. View ten properties and make rental offers in writing on each at a figure you feel is fair. Suggest you will sign a tenancy agreement for two years ( but include an option to break clause every six months in your favour)

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are there any benefits to a prospective tenant of using an LA? For example, will lettings agents show you all the properties they have on their books? If you go direct, aren't you more likely to encounter cheapskate landlords?

Why not look at both & compare for yourself Gerd.

Don't forget LA's are much more picky when you leave as well. They need to impress the landlord to keep the place on their books & will charge you for all sorts of interesting things that a reasonable landlord won't be bothered with.

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Cough. You can get a credit check for 2 pounds.

The £2 fee only applies to your own credit record. They are required by law to provide the information for this price.

Landlords have to use a service such as Tenant verifier.

I recommend renting a property through the local paper.

I'd certainly avoid letting agents if at all possible.

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Why not look at both & compare for yourself Gerd.

Don't forget LA's are much more picky when you leave as well. They need to impress the landlord to keep the place on their books & will charge you for all sorts of interesting things that a reasonable landlord won't be bothered with.

I'd second that one...from experience. Also with LA places, its getting harder and harder to find long lets. a few years ago the suggestion that you'd be in the place for a couple of years was regarded as a great incentive for a rent reduction (we got an £800 down to £750 because of that), but now it almost seems to be a turn off, and they only ever want to do 6 month rents, so they don't get tied down, in case they want to sell I suppose...which is stupid because there is still a 2 month notice period in a longer let, and if the tenants don't go at the end of the contract you've still gotta go to court which would take a while, so there is no real benefit to the landlord on such short rents...but then these modern BTLs don't know the game!

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  • 442 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
      • down 2.5%
      • Even
      • up 2.5%
      • up 5%



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