With more people choosing to rent rather than buy more than ever before, we thought we'd give you some quick and easy tips on how to get the best out of your rental property and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.
The first thing you should do when you move into a rental property is photograph any damage that wasn't previously discussed or included in the contract. Even if the issues are minor and you don't feel the need to ask your landlord to repair them, having photographs will help you to prove that you weren't responsible for the damage. If you're renting a furnished flat, you should also check that everything that is listed at being included is there.
One of the main problems with renting a property is that there are often restrictions on the interior décor changes you can make, and those that you are permitted to do will be lost to you once you choose to move on to another property. But there are plenty of quick and easy things you can do to make a property your own; Apartment Therapy suggests hanging art on the walls to add personality to your home, or even painting them a new colour if your landlord will allow it.
What many people don't realise is that while landlords are responsible for insuring the building and the space itself, tenants' belongings are not covered. This means that if you were burgled and you hadn't insured your possessions, you wouldn't be covered for replacements. You can read more about getting contents insurance here on InsureMe-on-Line.