Finding a property
Once you have a good idea of the type of property you require and the location that suits you, you can start looking for properties. There are a number of ways to find property available for rent.
There are a many websites advertising property available to rent. As well as dedicated property websites, such as PropertyPal and PropertyNews; websites like Gumtree often contain details of private rental homes. Checking what properties are available on the internet can give you a better idea of what you should expect to pay for a particular type of home in specific areas.
Register with an agent
You can contact agents who operate in the area that you wish to live in to check if they have any suitable properties. Often properties are let very quickly, before the agent has an opportunity to advertise it. If you contact an agent to let them know the type of property you are looking for they may inform you when a suitable home becomes available. Never pay an agent to find you somewhere to live. Some agents may try to charge you a fee for adding you to a “client list” but these fees are illegal. The property advertisement should contain information on any other fees that the agent will charge you if you decide to move into the property.
Look around the neighbourhood
If you have decided what neighbourhood you’d like to live in you may wish to spend time walking or driving around the area taking note of any available properties that you would like to find out more about. Most properties that are available to rent will display a “To Let” sign or a notice in the window. Check local newspapers or store notice boards for properties advertised to let.