House viewing checklist

Potential housemates

An idea of where you want to live

We've put together this checklist of what to look out for when you’re

comparing houses...

Ask your landlord or letting agent...

Who manages it? Landlord (L)

or agency (A)?

Is it a joint (J) or individual (I)


Rent per person, per month?

Cost of bills estimate?

How much is the summer retainer?

How much is the deposit?

Which deposit protection scheme is


Do you need a UK guarantor?

When can you move in?

Any renovations?

Is this agreed in the contract?

Can you leave your stuff over the


Check out the local area...

How long does it take to get

to Uni?

Transport links?

Are there shops/services nearby?

Does it feel safe day and night?

The house...

Are the rooms a good size?

Are the windows doubleglazed?

Is there enough

shared space?

Is there enough

study/storage space?

How many


Enough kitchen


Does it come furnished?

Are the furniture and

carpets in good condition?

Is there any damage or


Signs of mould or damp?

Ask the current tenants...

Are repairs completed in

a reasonable time?

Does the heating work?

Are there any issues with

the house?

How is the local area?

Safety and security...

Working smoke detectors?

A working burglar alarm?

Car/bike storage?

Secure doors/windows?

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