What Every First-Time Tenant Should Learn Before Moving

Moving into a rental property can entail many future lessons, especially since you will be spending your time in a new place and going through experiences that you haven’t had before. However, the learning doesn’t have to wait until after you settle in. There should be a couple of things you should know about before you even move into the rental.

As a tenant, you have a set of rights and responsibilities that you should be aware of. There are also several tasks that you should undertake to ensure a smooth moving process into the flat that you’re letting. It can all be a little overwhelming the first time around, so read this overview to brief yourself about these elements. 

A Tenant’s Rights

Before setting foot into a rental property, ensure that you have a tenancy agreement with the landlord. Although it may seem like the terms will benefit your landlord more so than yourself, you get to have a general understanding of your own rights in that contract.

For example, first-time tenants have the right to see a rental’s Energy Performance Certificate. You would be entitled to have information about how costly it would be to live on the property. You should also be given the right to safety and transparency with rental increases if applicable.

A Tenant’s Responsibilities

On that very same tenancy agreement, certain responsibilities should be laid out as well. Each rental property may vary more on what they expect their tenants to take care of, so be sure to let an apartment where you fully agree with all the responsibilities assigned to you.

The general responsibilities that you can expect are that you pay your rent on time and that you avoid damage to the property. If there are any repairs that need to be done to the specific flat that a tenant is renting out, they will likely be responsible for shouldering the fees.

A Tenant’s Tasks Before Moving In

Once you’re fully informed about the rights and responsibilities that you have as a tenant in a specific rental property, it’s time to prepare for moving in. Here are several steps that you should consider taking before heading to the new apartment:

  • Get a Moving Service. Getting your stuff from one location to another can be a pretty long process, especially if you’re staying for the long term and you have plenty of things. Call up a moving service or a group of friends who can help you with moving. 
  • Organise an Inventory. Having a complete checklist of everything that you own and bring to a rental property can give you a clearer picture of what you carry. That inventory will be handy if there are any disputes with the movers or the landlord.
  • Update Your Information. With a change in your address, it’s time to update all your relevant documents and banking information. Renewing the address for your driving licences and TV licences is also a must. 
  • Sort Out the Arrangements. Try to sort out and inform yourself of any arrangements before you move in. If there are any rules, curfew or security protocols that you need to be aware of, it’s good to contact the landlord and brush up on what to be mindful of.


Learning these things are all part of tenancy. Although being knowledgeable and involved in your preparation to move in can take a lot of time and effort, it can truly help to simplify every other step for first-time tenants. 

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