You might feel constrained to just accept the first rental property you see if you’re on a time sensitive mission, but doing a bit of research can save you the time and money. It is better to be well informed and armed with questions for the landlord than regretting your decision of accepting the offer because of issues you haven’t addressed when you’re just viewing the property.

Here we have compiled a quick list of things you should be checking in rental properties.

Look for mould and pests
Check for signs of infestation and browse every corner, fridge, oven and cabinet. Look for any signs of mould especially in the kitchen or bathroom. If you’re flexible with these kinds of problem and you want to pursue the deal for the property, it is important to make an agreement with the landlord to settle these issues before you’re set to move.

Check for security and fire safety
Test the windows and doors and see if they can be securely shut and have proper locks. Make sure that the establishment is in compliance with fire safety regulations. Check for smoke alarms and CO2 detectors. Note that properties must have at least one smoke alarm fitted on every storey.

Inspect the appliances
If white goods are included in the rental property, check if they are in good working condition. Don’t hesitate to ask the landlord if a faulty dishwasher or fridge will be replaced once a tenant moves in. It is important that agreements regarding white goods are placed in writing so everyone is in the same page, especially when the appliances break down.

Discuss pets early (if you have any)
You don’t want to be prematurely evicted together with your pet if the landlord realised you’re in breach of a tenancy agreement, so it is better to discuss negotiations involving your furry friend.

Ask for certifications
The landlord should be able to produce the property’s gas and electrical safety certificates and energy performance certificate (EPC). Ask for these before you agree to start the tenancy. If the EPC gave the property a good rating, you’re more likely to spend less on utility bills.

If you have seen issues with the property, it is important to communicate these with the landlord and include in the contract that these should be fixed. Alternatively, reconsider your thoughts of renting the property and browse around the local area for the right pick.