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House Sharing Etiquette: 6 Unwritten Rules

At Prem-Lets we understand that moving into a professional house share can be daunting, but don’t worry, we have tons of ideas to help you with the process! Just remember the best thing about house sharing isn’t just the added point of it being cheaper, but it always provides you with the opportunity to meet new people in your area and in professional house shares, you even meet people with the same sort of lifestyle as yourself, which makes it a whole lot easier. Choose your housemates carefully This one is not really an unwritten rule of house sharing, but if you have the ability to choose your housemates, make sure you focus on things you may clash on. For example, do they smoke? Are their working hours vastly different from your own? Do they seem like organised people? Make sure you are honest about your current lifestyle, what you enjoying doing and your work schedule, as this could all come into account when choosing and looking for a housemate. Just remember, a lot of your potential housemates will be in the same situation as you and work a lot, so they may just want to relax when they get […]
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How To Rent With a Bad Credit Rating

Having a bad credit score can potentially affect a number of things, such as applying for a loan, credit card, getting a mortgage and renting a home. The majority of landlords will run a credit check on you to take a look at your credit history to see if you’re a potential financial risk. Renting with a bad credit rating isn’t impossible. You may have to jump through a few hoops before you can secure your dream home. We’ll outline a number of different ways to rent with a bad credit rating below. What is a credit report? To put it simply, a credit report, or your credit score is an indicator of your financial behaviour and how you manage your finances. It’s taken from the last six years of your credit history. It will include a summary on your finances and will include loans, credit cards, mortgages and even your utility bills. How can I get a credit report? There are a number of different ways you can check your credit rating online. Popular sites include: Equifax Experian TransUnion Top Tip: checking your credit rating with all three credit reference agencies is a good idea. They all hold information […]
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10 Important Questions To Ask Before You Rent a Property

10 Important Questions To Ask Before You Rent a Property Moving into your new home can be an incredibly exciting time in your life, so it’s easy to forget to ask the right questions. Below you can find our list of 10 important questions to ask a landlord or letting agent before you rent a property. What furniture is included with the property? Is it furnished or unfurnished?  You don’t want to move into your property on day one and find the place totally unfurnished if you weren’t expecting it to be. Trip to IKEA anyone? Equally, you don’t want to arrive at a property full of furniture you don’t like or weren’t expecting to be there!  Can you redecorate? Want to add your own personal touch? It’s always worth asking if this is something that is permitted within the tenancy agreement. People tend to think that re-decorating is only allowed in owned homes. However, landlords are becoming more and more open to changes. Thinking about a fresh lick of paint? It’s probably best if you stick with neutral colours! What is the property’s energy efficiency rating? Winters in the UK can be cold, especially if your property is poorly […]
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Five Benefits Of Renting

Whether you are not quite ready to buy your own home yet, (perhaps the home you desire to purchase is currently not in reach of your budget, or this is your first time moving out of the family home and living on your own!) or you are not quite sure where exactly you want to live, in terms of the area, the city or even the country! Renting can be the best solution in order to help you cement exactly what you are looking for, without having to fork out the money for a mortgage or a large house purchase before you know your facts for certain.    You might be thinking, apart from the obvious, mentioned above, what else are the benefits of renting a home, as opposed to buying one? Let’s take a look… Five Benefits Of Renting Rather Than Buying   Expense – Renting a home often means you will save a large proportion of money. It comes with extra flexibility and less responsibility, in terms of working with a Letting Agent or Landlord.  Owning a home comes with the cost of your mortgage, labour work such as roofers, electricians, plumbers and so on… whereas when you […]
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Landlords: Five Things To Consider When Renting Your Property

When it comes to putting your property on the Ready To Let market, the success of your viewings can all depend on the atmosphere that you create. You can be as polite, welcoming and friendly as possible, but there are certain factors of your build that could really sway a potential tenants decision.    Let’s take a look into what factors can have the heaviest influence on a tenants decision to choose your property, and what you can to ensure that you have the best rate of success with Prem-Lets!    What To Consider When Renting Your Property –   The Decor / Interiors –    One of the first things that a potential tenant will notice when they visit your property is the decor. Colours and features are very particular for each individual, so painting your walls with loud, bold colours and busy prints can easily steer someone away if that is not their personal preference.    Try your best to keep the property stripped back and neutral, white walls work great at creating a blank canvas. As do neutral fabrics and textures on the furniture. You will find that the blank canvas approach also gives your potential tenant […]
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A Student Guide to Gift Giving

Is it too early to mention the C-word yet?! If you’re looking for a more organised approach to the Christmas shopping this year then it is definitely never too early to get started! Here at Prem-Lets, we have compiled some great gift ideas that you can give to fellow students, family and friends on a student budget. So let the gift giving commence! Budget The first step to making sure you budget correctly for gift giving at Christmas time, is to write a list of everyone you need to buy a present for. This will not only make it easier to budget your outgoing spend but it will also ensure that you don’t forget anyone off the list – once you have made the list you can then write down how much you want to spend on each person (just as a guide).  Buy when you can!  Even though we are only in October, it is important to start buying little bits here and there if you find something a particular person would like. If you do this and store them in a super secret place then you will definitely thank us in the long run!  Find the best deals… […]
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How To Prepare Your Rented Home For Autumn

It’s that wonderful time of year! The dark morning’s have crept in, there’s a crisp chill in the air and seasonal favourites such as the famous Pumpkin Spice latte has returned to all major coffee shops – Autumn has officially begun!   We love to immerse ourselves into the swing of things here at Prem-Lets, and really take advantage of this beautiful season. With so much to look forward to, from Halloween, Bonfire Night and of course the big C word (CHRISTMAS!) – We thought what better way to get stuck right into all of the action, that prepare our homes for Autumn/Winter 2019?!    So in today’s blog, we are going to share with you some of our top tips for Preparing Your Rented Home For Autumn time, and how you can do it on a small budget! So let’s get into it, shall we?    How To Prepare Your Rented Home For Autumn – Our Top Tips:   There’s something extra special about Autumn – it’s the one season that provokes the need for a  ‘makeover’ for most people and their homes. Maybe it’s due to all those years when we have anticipated starting a brand new school […]
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Top Tips For Moving Out For The First Time

We know that moving out of your family home for the first time can be a big, daunting step for anyone at the best of times! Juggling all of the different financial strings, the up-keep of house work and so on. And if you are a Student, of course you have your University studies to consider and we understand that at the ripe young age just 18 can mean that this all may seem very overwhelming! But don’t let the ‘adult’ tasks frighten you from what should be some of the very best years of your life!    There are of course many benefits to living away from home – from being able to come home in the early hours of the morning without worrying about waking your parents up, slobbing out on a free afternoon watching Netflix with a takeaway – it’s all about learning the balance of give and take and being a responsible tenant. While this is a journey – we thought we would share some of our top tips with you for living away from your family home for the first time!    Our Top Tips For Moving Out For The First Time   Research, Research, […]
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Student Tenancies – What you should know as a Landlord

As we welcome in the new month of September we also welcome a new university term! If you’re a long-time student landlord, you will know this feeling very well! However, many landlords will be becoming student landlords for the first time this year and if that’s you then listen up! We have some top tips for our first-time student landlords…  Communication Is Key Being a landlord in general, you must be available and contactable to your tenants. If your tenants have a property related issue they will expect your help and assistance as soon as you can give it – therefore, communication is key! If you are a new landlord to a student property then be prepared to have a number of people within one household messaging you about one issue. A great way to combat this is to establish a lead tenant or some sort of spokesperson for the whole house – therefore you know you won’t have the whole house massaging you about the same thing! It is also important to set out clear guidelines for all student tenancies and make sure you establish concrete deadlines for signing contracts, paying deposits and first rent instalments. Establishing the boundaries […]
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Interior Tips For Creating More Space

Sometimes when you are renting, whether it be a Student Let or Professional Let – you can be stuck for space. Depending on your budget for how much you can afford to rent, sometimes you aren’t always able to rent the amount of space that you may desire, but with a little help from our team here at Prem-Lets, we can help to fix this! Carry on reading for our top tips on maximising the space you have and giving the illusion of a bigger bedroom…    Creating The Illusion Of More Space   Colour Palette   Now when you are renting, we always advise that you check with your landlord BEFORE you go making any major changes! Especially when it comes to paint or wallpaper. Some landlords can give you free reign over switching up the colour scheme, however some prefer if you didn’t. Most of the time, rented properties are kept to neutral tones, such as cream and white, which is great because it gives you a blank canvas to play with! And for more good news – light rooms are fantastic for giving the illusion of more space and large dimensions!    Top Tip: If an all […]
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