HOMESTAMP CONSORTIUM RELEASE MOBILE APP ‘CHECK BEFORE YOU RENT’
Renting a home in the private sector can have many hazards and pitfalls. Sometimes, making a few basic checks before you move into a property can save you from problems later on in a tenancy. Before you sign an agreement, you should be making sure that the home you are looking at is safe, secure and the right one for you.
The Homestamp Consortium has produced a mobile App -Check Before You Rent – the definitive guide to use when looking to rent property. The app contains three checklists which ask all the important questions including legal requirements, that prospective tenants should be asking landlords when they are considering a rental home.
Check Before You Rent has three sections:
- What you need to know before viewing the property – all the questions to ask before viewing a prospective property
- What to look out for when viewing the property – you can use the app when viewing a potential home to look for hazards or questions you need to ask.
- What you should check before you sign any contracts for the property – a checklist of all the areas you need to consider before you sign any contract.
The App records information for prospective tenants to review findings and decide if they want to rent. If they feel that the property is of concern there is an option to report it to the Local Authority.
Check Before You Rent has been produced in association with WMBUS – a public housing partnership group made up of local authorities and housing providers developing the best use of housing stock across the West Midlands.
The App is available as a free download for both Apple and Android devices.
Check Before You Rent complements the Homestamp publication Read This First – an award winning book which covers in detail all the aspects anyone needs to know when renting property.
Lesley Williams, Chair of the Homestamp Consortium said, “More people than ever are renting property from private landlords. A huge amount of work has gone into producing this App, which we hope will help those people looking to rent property and make sure they ask all the right questions. This is also a valuable resource for landlords, letting agents and other organisations who may find it a useful tool when letting property.
“Questions have been devised by private sector renting housing experts and cover all the legal aspects and requirements that need to be considered when viewing a property”.
“We’d like to thank WMBUS for their support in producing this important App”.
Gary Wright, Sandwell MBC said, “This new App for mobile devices builds on all the information in the Homestamp publication ‘Read This First’ – and allows for people to use the app as they go through the process of looking at renting a property.
“It is really important that people understand all the legal requirements placed on landlords, and all the vital questions that should be asked prior to renting property.”
The App has been launched at the West Midlands Private Landlords and Letting Agents Conference taking place at Banks’s Stadium, Walsall on 2 October 2015.