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A Guide to Viewing Properties Safely

Here's a guide on how to view properties effectively, making informed decisions that suit your needs. Always Arrange In-Person Viewings: To avoid rental scams and potential disappointment, always arrange to view properties in person. Physical inspections provide a firsthand look at the property's condition and help you make informed decisions.

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Here's a guide on how to view properties effectively, making informed decisions that suit your needs.

Always Arrange In-Person Viewings:

  • To avoid rental scams and potential disappointment, always arrange to view properties in person. Physical inspections provide a firsthand look at the property's condition and help you make informed decisions.

Virtual Tours? Ask for a Live One:

  • If a physical visit isn't possible and you are opting for a virtual tour, request a live one. This ensures you can see all areas of the property, ask questions, and get a real-time feel for the space.

Use a Viewing Checklist:

Verify Landlord/Agent ID:

  • Protect yourself by asking to see the landlord or agent's identification. Genuine professionals will readily provide this information, contributing to a transparent and secure rental process.

Group Bookings - Go Together:

  • If you're booking as a group with friends, attend viewings together. Ensure everyone is happy with the property to avoid complications later on.

Survey the Local Area:

  • Look beyond the property itself. Evaluate the local area—check for facilities, amenities, noise levels, and lighting. A thorough understanding of the surroundings is essential for a comfortable living experience.

View Several Properties:

  • Whenever possible, view multiple properties to compare and contrast. This helps you make a well-informed decision based on your preferences and priorities.

Visit at Different Times:

  • Get a comprehensive feel for the local area by visiting at different times of the day. This ensures you're aware of any variations in noise, traffic, and general atmosphere.

For International Students:

  • If you're an international student and not in the UK, consider arriving early and booking a hotel. This allows you to view properties in person, ensuring a secure and satisfactory choice.

Remember Tenancy Agreements:

  • Keep in mind that tenancy agreements are legally binding and difficult to get out of, so make sure you are completely happy before you book and check the cancellation policy first. Advice in the Students' Union offers a tenancy contract checking service. If you view a property you like, ask the landlord for a sample contract (tenancy agreement) which an Adviser can then check for you. Email a copy of contract to advice@aston.ac.uk

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