At akt, we understand that viewing and signing for a new tenancy can be both exciting and nerve-racking. In this guide, we have included a few tips and important steps to think about in preparation for your new home.
things to do on your first day:
- Set up a standing order from your bank to pay your rent. You can pay rent by bank transfer monthly, but if you set up a standing order the money comes out of your bank automatically, meaning you can’t forget to make the payment.
- If you are paying your rent through Universal Credit, then you will need to report a change of circumstances to inform the DWP that you have moved home. You will also need and to tell them how much your rent will be. Universal Credit is paid into your account, and you will then be expected to pay the rent yourself.
- If you are worried about paying the rent yourself, you can ask your landlord to apply for Direct Payments through the DWP.
take meter readings:
- Locate your gas, electricity and water meters (these will likely be in different places and could be outside the property). Take pictures of the number on the meter and give them to the current supplier of the property as soon as possible to avoid estimated bills and being overcharged.