Tips on Finding a Room to Rent
A room to rent can be very affordable for a lot of people. However, there are several things that you will need to take into consideration when looking for one. I've been renting rooms since forever so I guess I'm more than able to write about this topic haha. Here are several safety tips on finding a room to rent to help you out.
For starters, if you decide to search for a room to rent online, it would generally be advisable to only look through websites that have screening processes that will weed out spammers and scams from their websites beforehand. This advice goes to people who are looking for a condominium unit, too.
Either way, if you decide to rent a room inside a shared house, where various private tenants are renting a room each, then there are several legal requirements that the landlord will need to have. If several separate tenants have to share a kitchen or a bathroom, for example, the landlord usually has to follow the authority requirements in terms of amenity standards and fire safety. Sometimes, properties might need to have an HMO license, as well, to ensure that the safety guidelines and codes are met to a tee. So, make sure you check out a room's status when viewing it to see if it actually follows the necessary guidelines first.
Naturally, it goes without saying that you should view the room yourself before renting it to make sure that it is exactly what you expect it to be. It wouldn't be advisable to pay for a deposit or to sign a rental agreement before actually seeing the room - remember that.
If you want, you can bring someone along when viewing a potential apartment, as well. Not only will this help you stay safe, but it will also ensure that somebody else knows what you've seen and agreed upon.
Regardless of what kind of room you decide to rent, you should never pay any cash upfront or advance any money when it comes down to it, either. A landlord might ask for a deposit for the room, but you aren't in any way obligated to pay cash upfront without signing an agreement first. You should also get a receipt to hold the room before you actually move in.
Of course, it would also be vital to get a copy of any agreement that you are asked to sign before signing it. This way, you will be able to review it in the comfort and silence of your own home. Most landlords should have basic agreements ready that will protect them from you damaging the room or leaving early without paying for rent.
When it comes to finding a room to rent, personal safety should never be taken lightly. As sad as it may be, the fact of the matter is that there are dishonest people in today's day and age who will not hesitate to prey on the unwary. So, the more that you know on safety issues, potential scams and tenant safety tips, the more protection you will have against these people. In fact, if you do enough research and are diligent enough, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a suitable form of accommodation in the future.
- K :)