Renter's Checklist for Property Viewing in London

Renter's Checklist for Property Viewing in London

When looking to rent a property in London the number of things you have to look out for can oftentimes become overwhelming.  

It's certainly true that there are quite a few factors you need to look out for when property viewing, but it doesn’t have to be a troublesome venture. Instead, property viewing can be an exciting experience once you have got all of the bases covered.  

In this article, we will be telling you everything you need to look out for when viewing a property in London in the hopes of helping you get the right property for you and helping you avoid making critical mistakes.  


Make Sure You Know Exactly What You are Getting into When Renting a Property in London 

There are so many variables that should be mentioned, that to go in-depth about each individual task would take a lot more than just one article. Luckily, even though there is a lot of factors you need to look out for when property viewing in London, quite a few of them are relatively simple and straightforward.  

Because of this, we will discuss a few of the most essential things you must check in more detail, but we will also have a bullet point list at the bottom of this section stating all the variables you need to look out for.  

Before even going to view a property, it's vital to find out what the landlord's rules are about said property. For example, some landlords may have strict rules about pets which could be a huge no-no if you happen to own one of man's best friends for yourself.  

In addition, an extremely common rule that will stand for most, if not all of the available properties for rent, are strict rules against smoking, drugs, and even alcohol.  

Another vital point we will mention is the overall infrastructure and safety of the house. Even small things like the door and window fittings will cause you a huge headache if you move into the said property, knowing you will have to pay for repair if you happen to break something, even if it was on its last legs.  

Here is a full checklist of everything you need to check up on;  

Who pays the bills outside of the rent? You or the Landlord? 
Smoke and fire alarms  
Smoking, drug, and alcohol rules 
Animal rules  
Safety of the property 
Fitness for human habitation 
Deposit protection  
Length of tenancy 


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Find Out Who the Landlord Is or you May Face Repercussions  

Something that often goes overlooked by the majority of people is finding out who the landlord of their future property is. In some cases, knowing the landlord could potentially affect your decision about if you buy said property, or even be barred from partaking by law. 

This is due to the fact that there is a possibility that the landlord may not actually be a landlord at all, but instead a tenant or close family member to the actual landowner. 

If either of the aforementioned points is the case, it may become illegal for you to even partake in renting the property, and this has the potential to cause you a world of headaches in the future.  

Although, in the majority of cases, this will not be a problem. But it's always better to be safe than sorry.  



Property viewing in London can certainly become a stressful experience when you are constantly trying to keep track of an endless list of requirements.

Although, by just taking your time and doing the things we mentioned throughout the article you can make your venture an enjoyable and memorable experience.  

If you are looking to rent a property in London, feel free to take a browse through our website. We have all of the latest property listings in London, all of which are available to view.  

Furthermore, we can help you check off some of the things from your checklist while viewing a property and in general, make the whole ordeal much less stressful and pleasant.  

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