Tips for securing your dream rental property

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Finding a dream rental property can be all the difference between a long and happy home life, and a short stay. Renting a property comes with many pros, from having a little bit more freedom and being able to find a dream property without a mortgage.

Rental properties in Scotland can go fast, especially when they’re in top locations and at the best prices, so when you spot your dream property you should act fast.

Thankfully we’ve got some top tips to help you secure that dream home.

Start with s1homes

s1homes is Scotland’s biggest property site, with all the best properties for sale and rent in Scotland. So, when it comes to finding your dream home, your first stop should be Search thousands of properties to rent and sign up to receive property alerts when new ones are added to the site so you can be quick off the mark.

As soon as you see a property that piques your interest, contact the agent or private landlord straight away registering your interest. At the moment, with current guidelines in place, the agent will advise you of the viewing process at this time.

Viewing a rental property

Moving home is allowed under the current guidelines but your move must be carried out as safely as possible. Speak to the agent advertising the property to see if they are offering virtual viewings first of all, or even have a video tour of the property.

Where possible, travel to a viewing only if essential and if you can, travel alone. We understand that you may be moving with a partner or friend but reducing the amount of travel and people in attendance of property viewings is advised. You can take plenty of pictures and videos to show them.

Also, remember little things matter. When viewing a property, be sure to present yourself as perfect tenant material. Dress appropriately for viewings, turn up on time and be prepared with questions. On arrival, wait for the agent to arrive and let you into the property, don’t go ringing doorbells or trying doors.

For more guidance on tips for viewing a property, check out our full guide at

Get your readies ready

Moving into a new rental requires a financial outlay upfront, like deposits and first months rent, moving costs and other things like furniture. It’s best to do all of these calculations before you start looking so that you are ready to pounce when your dream property becomes available. You don’t want to be let down or ill-prepared. Consider all your upfront costs and if you’re currently renting, consider if there are any outstanding payments to be made.

If you’re already renting, you should get a deposit back from the property you’re leaving, but don’t rely on this. There’s often a delay while the inventory is checked so it may not be paid until several weeks after vacating.

Bring your references

You may be asked to show references from previous landlords so have these ready to hand over at the first request to ensure you’re ahead of the pack.

If you’re a first-time renter, you won’t have any landlord references, but they may ask for a reference from an employer or teacher.

Also, be prepared if a new landlord asks for a guarantor: that’s someone who can stump up the rent if you’re caught short. As time is of the essence, it’s a good idea to have asked someone already – mum, dad or a close friend – and have their details handy.

Give notice with your current property

If you’re currently renting and looking to move to a new property, you will want to check how much notice you need to give your current landlord first of all. This will give you a rough timeline of when you need to vacate and most importantly when you need to secure your new home. You may find that your landlord allows you to rent on a month-to-month basis, if finding a new home is taking longer than expected.

Make the right moves

Once you have secured your dream rental home and if needed, you’ve made all the arrangements to vacate your existing rental, then it’s time to start packing and making plans to move. There’s a lot involved with changing address, suppliers and simply packing up your belongings so doing all of this in advance and making a plan will make your move go extra smooth.

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