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A simple, handy guide to renting in Bradford.
This guide includes:
You’re planning to rent in Bradford. Ask yourself a few questions first to make your search easier.
What are the essentials any property must have? Think about location, transport links, the convenience of local shops and entertainment if you don’t have a vehicle of your own, or the availability of parking if you do.
Try to stay flexible. A clear idea of what you want makes a search quicker. Too strict a list can make finding the right place harder, more expensive or both.
There’s a simple, standard check that landlords and agents make to assess affordability. But it’s just as important to satisfy yourself that you can afford the rent. Make a list of all your monthly outgoings – and be completely honest with yourself. Remember to include things like:
What remains is (roughly) the amount you can afford to spend on rent.
Your new landlord or their letting agent will want to see evidence of your identity, your right to reside in the UK (eg a UK passport), your credit history, employment details and references. It’s worth making sure you have all this information readily available. You don’t want to delay the start of your rent because, for example, your passport’s out of date.
We’ll carry out a credit check on behalf of the landlord. If you know you have a bad credit rating, please tell us before we do the search.
If you are a student, or you’ve been in full time employment for less than a year you will need a guarantor (who will guarantee to pay the rent if you don’t).
The guarantor will be required to sign your contract (in person) when you move in.
With your priorities set, start your search for a Bradford property. You can do that at the bottom of the screen.
When you find something that grabs your attention, ask us to arrange a viewing.
You’ve found the ideal Bradford property. But before you sign on the dotted line, ask a few questions…
It could be a fixed tenancy (ie for a set period) or a shorthold tenancy which could last anything between 6 months and 7 years.
Many Bradford rental properties are on prepay meters, so you can stay on top of your finances and your landlord never gets left with an unpaid bill.
Where there is no prepay meter, or for other bills like council tax, make sure you know who will be paying what.
By law, tenant deposits should be held in a government backed scheme which guarantees you get your money back, minus any deductions for damage or unpaid rent. You can find out more about the deposit scheme that Locate is a part of here.
They should be, and they should be in working condition. The same applies to carbon monoxide detectors where gas heating is installed.
Is it communal, or do you have your own allocated space?
Looking at the existing condition of the property will give you a pretty good idea of how active your landlord (or their agent) will be in maintaining the property. If work clearly needs doing, mention it before you move in and make a note of your agreement.
Who’s responsible for maintenance of hallways, grounds and gardens? Who can use the space(s) and when? Are they secure?
Your Bradford property will probably be let subject to certain rules. Often these surround pets, smoking etc. It’s important that you understand what the rules are – and if you’re going to find it difficult to stick to the rules, rent somewhere else.
Breaching the rules of a tenancy can lead to your eviction – so make sure you rent a home that’s suitable for you.
Your landlord (or their letting agent) should:
Renting your Bradford property brings with it certain responsibilities. Here are some of the essentials:
If you’re struggling to pay your rent, make sure the landlord or their agent knows about the problem as soon as you do. They will usually try to reach some short term agreement. Unpaid rent is the single biggest reason that tenants lose their rental home.
The rental agreement will contain details of the changes you can and can’t make to your Bradford property – for example, whether you can redecorate, fix units to walls etc. If it doesn’t contain such information, always call your landlord or agent before carrying out any work.
Tell your landlord or their agent about any issues (leaky gutters, sticky locks, broken shower screens etc) as soon as possible. You don’t want to let small issues develop into larger problems that could affect your deposit.
The landlord is responsible for insuring the building and the contents they have provided. Anything you bring in needs insuring on your own contents policy. If you need help finding an insurer, just ask us.
You can’t lease your Bradford property to someone else. This includes taking in a lodger.
Don’t breach any of the terms of your tenancy agreement – it could be grounds for eviction.