“The Tenant’s Survival Guide” is the definitive guide to renting accommodation, containing clear and concise information unobtainable from any other single source. It includes: what to look for during viewings; how to protect your deposit; inventories – the practical essentials; what happens if you decide to leave or the landlord gives you notice to quit; checklist of essentials; useful standard letters; and, how to live within the legally defined terms of the contract. With rental payments consuming on average over one third of your disposable income – or closer to half for students – it’s important to ensure your interests are safeguarded. If you are about to be a tenant, or are one already, you do need this book.
Contents: 1. Basic things to understand before you start renting; 2. Viewings; 3. Deposits – the old system and the new; 4. Inventories; 5. How to manage your landlord/agent relationships; 6. Living as a tenant;7. Leases; 8. Understanding your lease and rent increase procedures; 9. Common tenancy arrangements and responsibilities; 10. When you decide to leave; 11. When your landlord tells you to leave or seeks ‘possession’; 12. How your landlord’s mortgage can affect you; 13. Harassment and illegal eviction; 14. Houses in multiple occupation.