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Where could you get information on accommodation in your area?

Some suggestions:

  • Internet
  • Council or Housing Associations
  • University/college accommodation offices (if you are a student)
  • Estate Agents / Letting Agents
  • Friends and family
  • Adverts in shop windows, supermarkets
  • Word of mouth
  • Local newspapers

Important things to check out if you go to see a house or flat that you like:

  • Do the doors and windows look secure?
  • Do they open properly?
  • Do the locks work?
  • Does the property smell damp?
  • Are there black spots or other signs of mould on the walls?
  • What impression does the landlord / agent give: are they friendly, pushy, rude?

Important questions to ask if you go to see a house or flat that you like:

  • What furniture comes with the flat/house?
  • Will I be allowed to decorate?
  • Is the landlord planning on doing any decorating?
  • Is there central heating?
  • What fuel is used?
  • Does the hot water work?
  • How warm will it be in winter?
  • Has it got smoke alarms?
  • Does it have a carbon monoxide detector/alarm?
  • Where are the fire escape routes?
  • All gas appliances must be inspected annually by a CORGI registered inspector. Does the landlord have the latest annual safety certificate?
  • What type of contract will I be offered?
  • How long will the tenancy last?
  • What will happen if I want to leave?
  • Who do I contact if repairs need to be done?
  • Is there a phone line in the house?
  • Are the gas, electricity and water connected?
  • Are any bills included in the rent?
  • Is a deposit needed, how much is it?
  • How much is the rent?
  • Who will I pay the rent to?
  • How much rent in advance has to be paid?
  • When and how is the rent to be paid?
  • Does the landlord accept Housing Benefit?
  • How much is Housing Benefit likely to pay?
  • How much is the Council Tax on the property?
  • How much are the bills likely to be?
  • How near is the property to shops, friends and family etc?
  • Is the accommodation on a public transport route?

For more advice and support, click here to visit the relevant Shelter Cymru Advice online page.

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