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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Viewing

Once your property is up to standard and you've decided on a fair rent to charge you should advertise it as available to let. There are a number of ways you can do this.

Viewings are really important so you'll want to ensure they run smoothly. Make sure the property seems inviting, but take care not to mislead the viewers and to give them plenty of time to make their minds up.

As a landlord, you are free to let your property to anyone you wish. However, there are laws which prevent you from discriminating against potential tenants because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability. You must make sure that you treat all applicants in the same manner.

Once you've found somewhere you'd like to live and have agreed the terms with your landlord or agent you can start making plans to move in.

When you start looking for a property, you should be sure about what you want and what you can afford. 

It is essential that you view any property before you decide to rent it. Once you've signed a tenancy agreement, you are bound by its terms and it can be very difficult to get out of the agreement. Don't let yourself be won over by nice decoration and agent patter.

It's important to be aware of your responsibilities to your landlord. While many of these responsibilities will be explained in your tenancy agreement, there are also certain responsibilities which are outlined in law.

All landlords in Northern Ireland must be registered. When you view a property ask for the landlord's registration number or check the online register to make sure that there is a registered landlord for this property.

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