5 Questions to Ask the Estate Agent When Viewing Rental Properties in London Paddington

5 Questions to Ask the Estate Agent When Viewing Rental Properties in London Paddington

Rental property viewing is perhaps one of the most exciting yet daunting aspects of renting a property. Sure, you get to view a plethora of properties that have the potential to be your new home, but at the same time, if you miss something you could be setting yourself up for a tough time. 

In this article, we will be telling you five of the most essential questions you need to ask an estate agent when rental property viewing in London Paddington in order to ensure you make the right decision for you as well as to avoid renting an unworthy property.  

What Is the Surrounding Area Like & is it a Good Area? 

Paddington is a relatively large area, and there are huge discrepancies and differences between the different locations that reside in Paddington.  

Because of this, asking the real estate agent at a property viewing what the surrounding area is like as well as inquiring about some further knowledge it the area is essential.  

Even if you think you may be getting an amazing rental deal with a property in Paddington, one should never disregard the surrounding area and it’s essential that you are happy with the location. 

Check the Energy Performance Certificate  

Asking to view the energy performance certificate is a necessity when property viewing. If you do not opt to do this, you could potentially set yourself for failure by purchasing a property that will be way too expensive for you to maintain for however long your rental agreement may last.  

For such a simple and quick task to do, viewing the energy performance certificate may just save you years of toil and regret. 

Who is responsible for fixing any issues if they arise? 

When looking to rent a property in Paddington, it is essential that you ask the estate agent who it is who's liable for fixing any problems or issues that may happen to the property, as well as what, if any, damages you would be expected to pay for.

In the majority of cases, the answer to this question will be the landlord, in which case you should then ask for his contact information as well as to inquire what kind of person said the landlord is and whether or not you should expect any problems while dealing with him. 

Alternativity, if the answer to this question is not the landlord and perhaps it is instead some sort of company or business, then once again you should also ask for contact details as well as how you are supposed to get in touch with them if something goes wrong. 

All of this information is vital to know as it will make things much easier and less stressful if a problem does arise, and it can also make you more confidant going forward knowing you know exactly what to do in the event that any issues do occur.

How Long Has the Property Been on the Market? 

Perhaps one of the more commonly-known questions that people ask during a property viewing, is the question of exactly how long a property has been on the market.  

If a property has been on the market for an extended period of time without any good reason, then this could certainly be a cause of suspicion. There are a plethora of negative reasons that could be behind this such as the property being overpriced, serious issues with the property or the area surrounding the property could be undesirable.  

Why Did the Previous Tenants Leave? 

Asking, why the previous tenants left, may seem like a pretty redundant question at first, and in most cases, it is.  

However, there is always a chance that the reason as to why the previous occupants left may also steer you off of renting the property. Asking this question is essential, and foregoing it could have disastrous consequences.  

Conclusion 

If one takes heed to all the advice we gave throughout this article, things will be much easier when it comes to viewing rental properties in London Paddington and you will drastically increase the chances of you being happy with whichever property you choose. 

If you are looking to rent or buy a property in Paddington, or in London as a whole, feel free to contact TRPE- The Real Property Experts. We have properties up for grabs all over London, and our specialist team members can help ensure you get the perfect property for you. 

Good luck.  

 

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