Struggling to find a two-bed house for us

Struggling to find a two-bed house for us

Struggling to find a two-bed house for us

First published in Readers' Letters

WE were given notice on the house we rent as the landlord wants to move back in and we are now struggling to find somewhere to live.

Some agents ae advertising properties which are no longer to rent just to get you on their books! I saw what I thought was a nice house, through what was stated on the advertising page, and it turned out to be a two-bedroom flat.

We are a working couple looking to rent a two-bedroom bungalow or house in the Bitterne Park, Bitterne or Chartwell Green areas for up to £750 a month.

I did not think I would be in this position as my landlord said the house I rent was going to be long-term, which it never turned out to be.

The council cannot help as we are both in work so it has to be the private sector. They said if possible, do not use agents!

Wish that was possible as their fees and contracts are silly amounts. Each agent seems to charge anything they want and some are charging by the property now.

How can getting references and credit checks cost over £220 per person plus VAT and other fees?

If there is anyone who can offer us, a mature working couple, a two-bedroom bungalow or house in the SO18 area, please get in contact.

I am supposed to be moving out by April 1, but I am struggling. Call 07596 430417.

HELEN ODONOGHUE, Townhill Park, Southampton.

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9:17am Sun 16 Mar 14

BorislawGeorgiew says...

1. Are you still in the fixed term of the contract?
2. What notice have you been given?
1. Are you still in the fixed term of the contract? 2. What notice have you been given? BorislawGeorgiew
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10:55pm Sun 16 Mar 14

metalmunki81 says...

Here's some advise I can give you:

1. You, unfortunately, need to look beyond Bitterne Park. It's a fairly premium area for Southampton, and as a working couple surely you can manage a bus pass/petrol money? You can ill-afford inflexibility in such a competitive rental market. Have you considered Sholing for instance? You can walk to Bitterne at that distance.

2. Don't use Hampshire Homes if you can avoid them. From experience, they are slippery as eels. They charge a whopping £90 for admin fees for renewing a lease, and I caught them out at one point trying to increase my rent without the landlord's knowledge. If you use an Estate Agent, try your best to get to know the landlord personally any way, as it's in both your interest if you can reach an accord (if you contact a landlord directly about an issue with the house, sometimes they know contractors personally that can fix the problem, and will be grateful they didn't have to pay the estate agent a fee just for being a go-between).

3. When leaving a property, make sure everything is as it was when you entered the home (checking the supplied itinerary). Take pictures as well if you wish in case you have to prove anything in court. The exception to this, is if you make arguable improvements to a home (eg. a lock on a bathroom door where their previously wasn't one), in which case make sure you notify the landlord and/or estate agency when you leave - it's harder to wriggle out of a deposit repayment if you've actually added to the value of the property in some way. Things to look out for that can affect your deposit with indeterminate deductions: dirty carpets, and an unclean oven/kitchen, overgrown garden.

Good luck!
Here's some advise I can give you: 1. You, unfortunately, need to look beyond Bitterne Park. It's a fairly premium area for Southampton, and as a working couple surely you can manage a bus pass/petrol money? You can ill-afford inflexibility in such a competitive rental market. Have you considered Sholing for instance? You can walk to Bitterne at that distance. 2. Don't use Hampshire Homes if you can avoid them. From experience, they are slippery as eels. They charge a whopping £90 for admin fees for renewing a lease, and I caught them out at one point trying to increase my rent without the landlord's knowledge. If you use an Estate Agent, try your best to get to know the landlord personally any way, as it's in both your interest if you can reach an accord (if you contact a landlord directly about an issue with the house, sometimes they know contractors personally that can fix the problem, and will be grateful they didn't have to pay the estate agent a fee just for being a go-between). 3. When leaving a property, make sure everything is as it was when you entered the home (checking the supplied itinerary). Take pictures as well if you wish in case you have to prove anything in court. The exception to this, is if you make arguable improvements to a home (eg. a lock on a bathroom door where their previously wasn't one), in which case make sure you notify the landlord and/or estate agency when you leave - it's harder to wriggle out of a deposit repayment if you've actually added to the value of the property in some way. Things to look out for that can affect your deposit with indeterminate deductions: dirty carpets, and an unclean oven/kitchen, overgrown garden. Good luck! metalmunki81
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