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What are tenants looking for in a rental property?

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The rental market, both nationally and locally here in greater Manchester, and more specifically Rochdale is buoyant and competitive. It’s fast-moving and competitive with demand outstripping supply. But what exactly are tenants looking for in a rental property?

Type of property

Firstly, there will be tenants looking for a specific number of bedrooms, which will be top of their list of needs and wants. Locally there is a shortage of family-sized three or four bedroomed properties so the demand for these is high. Rochdale is predominantly a family area, with lots of excellent primary and secondary schools, a vibrant town centre and good range of leisure activities. Rochdale is also easily accessible, and therefore commutable to Manchester City Centre too which makes it ideal for professionals who may also want a larger family-sized property but could equally be wanting to rent a flat, apartment, cottage, terrace or semi-rural property. Ideally, tenants also want a neutrally decorated property that they can put their interior décor stamp on.

Aside from the specifics of the type of property, the location, size, amenities, and neighbours/neighbourhood, what tenants want above everything is to know that their home will be well managed.

Well managed property

Things can and do go wrong in properties. What tenants want and need to know is that they will be renting a well-managed property. They need to know the support is there if and when needed. Landlords are legally obliged to ensure their property is safe, with 5 yearly electrical checks needed, and annual gas checks as well as ensuring any rental property has an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a rating of E or above. We ensure our landlords are aware of their legal obligations to rent compliant properties and make sure we are up to date with all the proposed changes to the rental sector. At Ellen Kay we work with landlords who might be new to property letting, might be overseas and in need of a local agent and those with large portfolios of properties.


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