Help and Advice Find information and tip on how to find the Rightroom or rent out your room quickly in days.
The Rightroom is an online listing website for rooms and properties rather than a letting agency. We provide the platform for landlords, property owners, agents to list their properties and connect with potential flatmates. While we do our best to ensure that adverts are genuine and allow users to also report suspicious adverts, we have also provide information on how you can further protect yourself.
How to protect yourself
When searching for a room, the first thing you must do is to check every detail in the advert and if anything seems suspicious or looks too good to be true, then you should be careful. You should normally check:
- That there is a picture and ensure it doesn’t look suspicion in any way.
- The price is not too cheap or too expensive for the area.
- If the advertiser is asking for any money in advance before they show you the property.
- If the advertiser is asking to pay any money through wire transfer.
- If the response from the advertiser does not tally with what was advertised.
If you are suspicious of the advert in any way report the advert.
Viewing the Property
More importantly, always ensure that you view the property before making any payment to the landlord or agent. Before you make any payment make sure that you are comfortable with the property and ask as many question as possible. You can ask about the terms of the contract and other certain rules regarding the property.
If you are viewing a property especially for women try not to go alone and inform people where you are going including the address and the person. Do not accept to meet anywhere else except the property. When you get to the address look around properly to see if the area is secure enough to live in.
Before you start searching for a place, have in mind that you will be living there for a long time except for short stay, so it is important that you consider thinking about what you are looking for – the type of property, your budget, the location, transport system and security.
The property & budget
Make sure you know the type of property you are looking inline with your budget. There are various types of properties on the Rightroom from single room to ensuite, flat, self-contained, houseshare, flatshare or a whole property. Their prices mainly depend on the type of property and the amenities available in the property.
Location & Transportation
You may want to check how easy or far the place will be from your school if you are a student or work if you are a professional or any other place. What type of transport system you require and if you are driving you may want to rent a place with parking space. You may also want to consider shops and convenience store around the place for easy shopping
You want to rent a place that you will be comfortable walking around even at night alone. It is important that you also consider the safety of the property and the surroundings. Write the list of the things you would expect and look for property that meet most of them.
Here we explains different type of property available:
Rooms to let
These are place available within a property either in a flat or house. The landlord or the agent will usually have a separate aggreement with all the people living in the property. You may be living with a group of people or alone and this will affect the type of contract you will have with them and the rules.
Flat or house share
There is much distinction between house and flat share. With Flatshare you will have your own bedroom in a flat and share other facilities with other people living in the flat. In house share you will also have your own bedroom and also share facilities with other people living in the House. The only difference here is that one is a flat and the other is a house.
Ensuite are properties the bathroom or bedroom are directly connected to each other. This means that you will have your own bedroom but you may or not share other amenities. I some cases you will most certainly have a kitchen also to yourself. In any case this information should be provided on the advert.
When looking for a new place, rent and expenses such as electricity can be the highest monthly expenses you will take on. You will have to plan your budget properly and consider the most essential things;
Rent and bills
The rent will be no doubt the biggest expenses when moving to a new room, flat, house or property. Work out how much you can afford monthly including bills and other expenses and make sure that you are not spending more than what you can.
In some cases, you may be asked to provide a security deposit. The security deposit will vary depending on the property, which normally covers the cost of potential damages. The security deposit will, however, be paid back if everything remains perfect at the end of the tenancy.
If you are renting your room through an agent, it is almost expected that they will ask you to pay some charges, which is usually paid upfront and not refundable.
Your right depends if you are living with a live in landlord or live out. If you are living with a live in landlord you are not legally a tenant but a lodger or an excluded occupier, so you don’t have a tenancy but a license. This is the main distinction that may have implication on your right.
If you are renting with a live in landlord, then the house will be the landlord main place of residence, so any contract will mostly be in their favour. If they want you to leave the house, they will normally provide a 28days notice or less. It is recommended that a contract is signed between you and the landlord as well as agreeing a set of rules before moving into the house.
Live-out Landlord and Agents
If you are renting from a live-out landlord or agent, you should expect to have a contract as a tenant. The right you have will depend on the terms of agreement in the contract you signed with the landlord or agent. You will be expected to see out the length of contract signed so as the landlord. Any alteration will be by mutual agreement, giving you a better security to a lodger.
Unlike a lodger, you have the total right to your space for the period of the contract. If the landlord needs to enter your room, they will inform you usually 24 hours in advance (except in cases of emergency) when they will need access to your room.
Note: if there is any damage in the house always inform your landlord or agent as you could make things worse and may be held responsible or any expenses. Although basic things such as changing of bulbs or clearing the sink is expected.
Tenancy agreement is a contract between you and the landlord. The agreement gives you the legal right to live in the property as long as you pay the rent and follow the terms of contract. The term can be oral but is usually written down and sign by both the tenant and the landlord.
The tenancy agreement can either be fixed term (for a period of time) or Periodic (month-by-month).
Sharing with other people or living in a whole property yourself comes with some risk such as break-in, fire and so on. Having a content insurance will help to protect you from this kind of risk. There are various insurance companies you can choose from to help protect your property against unforeseen circumstances.
When you move to your new property, you may want to consider the bills of the property. While living with other people is exciting, you don’t want to be running after your flat or house mate for bills. Ensure that you agree with other when bills will be paid and how.
Also when you move in a new place, the previous tenants may have some pending bills unpaid such as electricity. This is not your fault and your responsibility, get in touch with the company and let them know you just moved in so they can update their record.
If you are sharing a flat or house, it is very good to know and bond with your flat or house mates. One thing you want to avoid is arguments, as this can be bring disharmony. Get to know everyone and have a good relationship with them. This way you be able to understand each other. More importantly, when you are living with people, ensure that you clean up after yourself and not leave any mess behind, as this may set you off on the wrong foot.
Sometimes you may get a place and then find out it is not the right one for you.
If this happens you may be able to negotiate with your landlord or agent on a mutual agreement if you are on good terms with them. You can have the discussion with them, as any agreement may also suite them, you never know. Nevertheless, When you sign up a contract it is advisable that you comply with the terms of the contract, so you don’t find yourself in any trouble.
Ending your contract
Even if at the end of the contract you will be living the property, it is also advisable to notify the landlord stating the date you will be moving out, which should normally be at least a month in advance. This will give the landlord time to make arrangement, for example, your deposit if you have one with them.