Herefordshire Council in collaboration with the West Midlands Homestamp Consortium has produced a mobile app -‘Check Before You Rent’ - the definitive guide to use when looking to rent property.
Renting a home in the private sector can present many hazards and pitfalls. Sometimes, making a few basic checks before moving into a property can prevent problems later on in a tenancy. Before tenants sign an agreement, they should make sure that the property is safe and secure, and the right one for them.
Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member economy & corporate services said “Across Herefordshire an increasing number of people are renting property from private landlords. We hope this app will help people looking to rent their home and enable them to ask all of the right questions before they sign any contracts. Questions within the app have been devised by private sector rented housing experts and cover all of the legal aspects and requirements that need to be considered when viewing a property. A huge amount of work has gone into producing this app and I would like to thank Homestamp for consulting with us during the development phase.”
The new app contains three checklists which ask all the important questions including those relating to a landlord’s legal duties that prospective tenants should be asking when they are considering a rental home.
Charles Yarnold, Herefordshire Council Principal Environmental Health Officer said, “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. This new app for mobile devices builds on information available on the council’s website and allows people to use the app as they go through the process of looking at rented property.”
The app records information for prospective tenants to review their findings and decide if they want to rent. If they feel that the property is of concern there is also an option to report it directly to the council.
When asked about how this would help landlords in Herefordshire, Don Robbie, National Landlord Association’s local representative said, “The Check Before You Rent app complements an award winning book produced by Homestamp called “Read This First” which covers in detail aspects landlords need to know before renting property. The app condenses the main points into an easy to use mobile package that will be a valuable resource for landlords, letting agents and other organisations letting property”.