Renting in Birmingham

Renting can be a tough decision, and it is important to get right.  This article is intended to offer a few suggestions to help.  After reading, please post any comments.  And then why not let us know what you thought of properties that you’ve rented by adding a review.

 

Flats in Birmingham city centre tend to be the most popular, with the city centre considered by many (especially the younger generation) to be one of the most desirable places to live.   Living here, you have practically everything you need on the doorstep:

  • great shopping: shopping centres such as the Bullring, Mailbox, Pavillions
  • culture,such as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • fine dining, with plenty of good restaurants around

 

That said, there are some fine places outside the city centre.  Sutton Coldfield, Edgbaston, Solihull, Bournville and Harborne are all pretty nice areas.  Can you name others?  Or maybe areas to avoid?  Post comments below.

 

Finding a good place to rent in Birmingham can be a difficult - there are a few things that you need to consider:

 

- Research: Look on the internet to find out the best neighbourhoods in your price range. Remember to consider transport links, for example how many changes it takes to get to work.  Good transport links can make your life a lot easier, even if you own a car. Also check out the crime rates in the local area.

 

- Letting Agents: A good letting agent can make an enormous difference to your experience of renting a flat.  Find agents in your area and then why not check out the reviews on www.pasttenants.com.   When you find a good agent, get them to contact you with the latest properties fitting your requirements.  Good flats at a decent price can often get taken before they even make it onto the internet.  Make sure that your letting agent is clear about everything like letting conditions, fees, and other charges.  They vary widely and can be quite high - don’t be afraid to push for a reduction in the agent fees, sometimes it can be worthwhile, especially if the property has been on the market for a while.

 

- Viewing: Once you find a few properties that you like, arrange viewings with the agents. Good letting agents arrange a time with the existing tenants prior to agreeing a time with you – if they don’t, remember they will probably do the same to you when you are leaving!  When you are viewing the property, try to look beyond the current tenants items which could be disguising a property in poor condition – you could get a surprise when you move in and find it’s not quite how you remember.  Look at the age and quality of the key items such as dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, and central heating. Also check for any signs of damp or leaks.  Ensure that it has up to date safety certificates for gas and electrical appliances.    If the agent promises any work will be performed prior to you moving in, make sure that it is included in the contract.  Use the reviews of previous tenants on www.pasttenants.com to find out their experience of renting the property, both the good points and the bad points.  
 

- Money: Set yourself a budget up.  Don’t get drawn in by nice properties above your price range as you could regret it further down the line. Remember to factor in bills such as council tax, utility bills, internet, etc. when deciding your budget, these are usually the tenants responsibility.  Also remember there will be a deposit needed up front (usually a month-6 weeks rent).  Don’t be afraid to make a lower offer when you find somewhere that you like – there is no harm in it.  Make sure the letting agent is up-front about all fees – this may include admin fees, inventory fees on check-in or check-out amongst others.  Also compare the rent that previous tenants have paid to what you are being quoted on www.pasttenants.com

 

Which do you think are best and worse places to rent in Birmingham?  Let us know by adding a comment below.

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