Viewing a property checklist

At each rental property viewing, take your time to check the property to make sure there are no problems.

  • check the exterior of the property - are the gutters or any pipes leaking?

  • check inside - do the lights work? Do taps produce water?

  • security - do windows and doors open easily and close securely. Are there adequate locks on the doors? Do you have keys for the window locks?

  • are there enough electric sockets?

  • are smoke alarms fitted? And are they connected to the mains, or will you have to replace the batteries?

  • ask to view a copy of the property certificates. These include the energy performance certificate (EPC) and gas and electrical safety certificates. The better rating the EPC gives the property, the lower your utility bills are likely to be. This could save you hundreds of pounds a year.  See energy performance certificate information from Which? >>

  • if you're moving into shared accommodation, check whether the property should have a 'house in multiple occupation' (HMO) licence. This usually applies to a property that is three or more storeys and occupied by five or more people who are not in the same family. If it is a licensed HMO, the property should have more safeguards for the tenants, such as fire doors