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Receiving your offer of a tenancy

When you receive your offer of a tenancy, there are various issues that you should consider before you sign your tenancy agreement.  We have set out some of them below.

Can you afford the rent and any charges?

As well as the rent, there may be service charges for the property.  You will have to pay council tax and fuel bills.  You may also have transport costs if you have to travel to work or hospital or to visit someone regularly.  We can help you work out what the total costs may be and tell you about any benefits you may be entitled to.

If you intend to have a joint tenancy, have you discussed what you will do if you decide to separate in the future?

The decision of whose name goes on the tenancy agreement can have implications for you in the future.  Our Customer Services team can give you advice on what those implications are likely to be so you can make the best decision when you sign the tenancy agreement.

If you are moving to a new area, have you considered all of the changes this will mean to your lifestyle?  

Whether you are moving into the next street, village, county or city, there will be some changes to your daily life.  For many people, these changes will be small, such as having to put their bins out on a different day. And some people may benefit (for example, being nearer a bus stop).  However, some changes could cause problems, so you should consider carefully what any changes will mean for you.  Some things to consider would be the following.

Where is the nearest hospital?

Where are the nearest shops?

What services and facilities are there in the area?

Are there any groups or clubs for you to join?

How big is the garden and can you manage it?

Does the house have a type of heating system that you can live with?

Are there any shared areas that you think will upset you if they were not kept exactly as you would like?

How long will it take to visit friends and relatives, and for them to visit you?

Do you feel you can live in a block of flats if you previously lived in quite an isolated property, or do you feel you could live in a very rural village if you are used to the city?

If you do not drive, is there a good public transport system?

You should consider where you need to go, how often you need to be there, how long it would take and how much it would cost.  In many areas, especially more rural areas, there may be limited public transport.  You should check timetables and work out if you can get to where you need to be at the times that suit you.

Are there schools, shops, entertainment, doctors, dentists and so on close by, if that is what you need?

Consider what services and entertainment you would need to have access to, and find out if this is available within travelling distance of your new home.

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