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There are many websites and blogs out there which provide some fantastic advice to the millions of property tenants within the UK. With information ranging from eviction to tenancy deposit disputes, there is so much to cover off that the list is never ending.

Here at Challah Boards we want to cover some of the more ‘obscure’ and possibly ‘stranger’ topics that as a tenant you might come across but struggle to find the answers.

We will regularly publish articles within our blog that hopefully provides insightful advice for some of these more challenging questions.

If you’ve got any questions yourself then just drop us a line and we will do our best to help you!



Both myself and my brother have been in the property industry now for over 15 years and have been both a tenant and a landlord.

Between us we’ve seen pretty much everything that can be dealt to you within this industry, so we have decided to put this blog together to help out with some of those more obscure topics. We hope you enjoy are articles!

Latest Property Advices

Tips For The First Time Renter

Mar 22, 2016 | No Comments

If you are new to renting a home, you may be looking for some top tips to help you avoid common pitfalls and problems. This article is designed to help you through the confusion so that you can find a property that perfectly meets your needs.

1. Establish A Budget

pay-rentIt can be easy for costs to spiral out of control when you’re renting a home for the first time, so don’t forget to take into account all of your essential outgoings when setting your rental budget. While you may already have factored in expenses such as a deposit and your first month’s rent, there are other costs which you may not have considered. These may include such costs as a tenancy set up fee to be paid to the letting agent, an additional person fee or a guarantor fee. You may also need to buy furniture if you are moving to an unfurnished property.

2. Finding A Property That Meets Your Needs

find-a-propertyBefore you start your property search, you need to establish your requirements. Do you need a child-friendly home? Will you be keeping pets? Are you a smoker? Do you receive housing benefit? Some landlords will only let their properties to tenants who meet certain criteria, so be sure that you are searching for suitable homes from the outset. Letting your estate agents know your precise requirements is a good way of ensuring that you will only be viewing properties that meet your criteria without wasting anybody’s time.

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

ask-a-questionWhile you may feel that you are the one being judged by potential landlords, it is also important for you to be reassured that the landlord is a good fit with you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the property to avoid any unpleasant shocks later. Find out exactly how much the monthly rent will be and what is included, how much deposit will be required and how it will be protected, any fees that must be paid up front and at renewal of the tenancy, the minimum length of the contract and the notice period you will need to give when you wish to leave the property.

4. Ensure Your Wellbeing

first-time-renterYou should always find out who must be contacted in an emergency or in the event of repairs being necessary, and that the property is adequately insured and protected with a gas safety certificate. Also be sure to check the inventory before moving in to ensure that it is accurate as otherwise you may find that you will have to replace items at the end of your tenancy that were never there in the first place.

5. Choosing An Agent

Making sure you choose a good estate agent is vital when looking to rent a property. Many landlords will use an estate or letting agent to handle their affairs and the choice is vast. With so many agents around you need to make sure that you go with a reputable regulated company rather than an unregulated outfit.

Choose an agent that’s in the local vicinity to the rental property. At the end of the day if something goes wrong inside the property, you can easily get the agent round as quick as possible to resolve the problem.

Make sure that the agent carries out all the appropriate checks on yourself such as an identity, credit checks and employment references. You should receive a signed tenancy agreement from the agent along with an EPC certificate and any applicable gas safety certificates. In addition make sure that the agent uses a regulated Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TPS). This means that the money you hand over for the deposit is not held by the agent but by a government approved service provider. Ask for proof of your deposit with the TPS.

Follow these simple tips and you are sure to be able to find a suitable rental property to meet your individual requirements.

Baby-Proofing A Rental Property

Mar 22, 2016 | No Comments

With a baby in the house, everything suddenly becomes a lot more challenging. Suddenly the stairs are a hazard, corners look too sharp and cupboard doors could trap little fingers. For new parents, baby-proofing their home is a necessity, however this could pose a few problems if you are a tenant. Drilling or hammering nails into any of your walls will require the permission of your landlord and it is important to go about things the right way if you don’t want to have problems at the end of your tenancy.

mother-in-houseYou may have already discussed the possibility of having children with your existing landlord and this will have prepared them for the inevitable questions about baby-proofing. On the other hand, if you are renting a new property, you should broach the subject of installing baby-safe features such as a stairgate at your initial meeting with the letting agent or landlord. You may also want to view new properties with a small child in mind and look for any potential hazards that will either require modifications or that cannot be resolved. If there are obvious safety issues with a property that you are viewing it would be wise to look elsewhere. If you speak to your estate agent or letting agent about your requirements they may be able to point you in the direction of a property which has already been modified for child safety.

Stairgates may be the biggest problem as some landlords are reluctant to allow tenants to screw into woodwork, drywall or plaster. Although pressure mounted gates are an option that requires no screws, they are not safe for use at the top of a staircase as a child may be able to apply enough pressure to enable them open the gate. You may be able to persuade your landlord to allow you to fit a wall-mounted gate if you put in writing how you will rectify any damage before leaving the property at the end of your tenancy. Most landlords will be prepared to come to some sort of compromise when it comes to child security and any other property safety considerations.

secured-kitchenAnother element of your home which may require some modification is the protection of the contents of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets from little hands. In the first instance, you should move anything which may cause a hazard, such as very heavy items or poisonous cleaning materials or medications out of lower shelves, drawers and cabinets and put them out of reach in high cupboards. You should also consider installing a lock on any accessible floor-level cupboards and your fridge to avoid small children from accessing them. You should not require any permissions from your landlord to do this as these fittings require no screws and will cause no damage to any of your property’s surfaces as they simply use adhesive or magnetic strips.

Blind cords may also represent a hazard for small children who may become entangled in them and choke. If your landlord will not allow you to pin these up out of reach because of potential damage to the walls, you could tie them into a knot so that they do not hang within easy reach and therefore pose no risk.

The majority of landlords will be happy to allow tenants to make reasonable simple modifications in order to ensure their infant’s safety, although you may need to demonstrate your willingness to repair any holes that you make in the property’s walls and to ensure that the home is in the same state as which you found it when you finally leave the tenancy.