Before You Sign



  • Check the contract, if there is something that you don’t understand get it checked before you sign. WHEN YOU HAVE SIGNED A CONTRACT IS LEGALLY BINDING.
  • Remember contracts can be changed ONLY before you sign.
  • If there is a promise of improvements before you move in, make sure you get them in writing from the landlord.
  • Check the length of the contact, as they can range from 10-12months. We recommend you don’t sign for longer than 12 months.
  • What type of contract are you signing, is it individual or joint?
  • Joint Contract- if one or more of the housemates move out the remaining tenants are still liable for all the rent.
  • Check your name, property address, room number, term and rent are on the contract before you sign.
  • Always get a copy of the contract.
  • When you pay rent or a deposit always get a receipt.
  • Always check what you are paying for, especially if the landlord is asking for money up front.
  • Make sure the property is safe and secure, check that sufficient locks are fitted and smoke alarms are provided and there is a current gas safety certificate.
  • Ensure you take an inventory with the landlord and discuss any missing/broken items, get in writing what will be done and when.
  • Are you paying a deposit which is refundable or a retainer/admin fee which is not?
  • When paying a deposit, check your landlord is registered in the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (this is a legal requirement).
  • Think about the costs, can you afford the rent?
  • Are bills and water rates included in the rent?
  • What are you responsible for in the property?