Before you start unpacking, you should be provided with an inventory. This will highlight the condition of the property and any furniture or fittings included. Pay close attention to this document, read through it thoroughly and notify your agent/landlord if there are any discrepancies. Sign it and keep until you leave.
The smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will have been tested prior to your arrival. This is a legal requirement. Check that there are working yourself too, you will be responsible for the ongoing testing, if they are faulty, report in to your landlord straight away. Make sure you know the location of any fire exits and are familiar with any safety points.
The tenancy agreement will contain your landlord’s contact details. It is their duty to keep the property in a habitable condition, for example, if the oven or boiler stop working or the toilet leaks. However, if a lightbulb goes, that’s on you. Similarly, if you cause any damage during the tenancy, you will have to sort it out at your expense.
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