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Renting guide

Ready to pick up your keys?

Whether you want to find out what's ahead of you, or need a refresher if you've already started renting, we've got some helpful tips ahead that could answer some questions you might have.

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    No surprise costs

    So there are no unexpected costs to cover when you move, here are some you’ll need to take into consideration before you start renting:

    • Monthly rent
    • Council tax
    • Utility bills 
    • Broadband and line rental

    Set yourself a budget

    Our budget calculator is here to help you understand your finances. Take a look at what’s coming and and what’s going out.
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    Other fees you might come across

    Letting agents or landlords in Scotland, England and Wales aren’t allowed to charge you for:

    Admin 

    References 

    Credit checks

    Renewing your contract

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    The Tenant Fees Act 2019

    The act only applies to landlords, agents and tenants in England. For more information and a breakdown of payments a tenant must pay, check out the guide on gov.uk.
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    Your rights are important

    You'll have a number of rights when you move into your new place. Here are some to be aware of as a new tenant:

    Your rented property should be safe to live in

    Your landlord should not enter the property without your consent - only in an emergency

    Your deposit should be sent back to you when your tenancy ends, unless there’s a good reason for the landlord to keep some of it (e.g. damages or unpaid rent)

    To not be treated unfairly because of your disability, gender, pregnancy, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation

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    Useful tips for your viewings

    When you first go to view what could be your future home, it’s good to be armed with the right questions to ask.

    Here's a useful checklist from Zoopla

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    What to ask your landlord

    Don't worry about being a nuisance and ask your landlord or letting agent as many questions as possible before moving in. We have some good examples to get you started:

    Is the property safe and secure? 

    Who do I contact for maintenance issues?

    What's included in the rent?

    What utilities are included in the property?

Feel secure with your finances

Our financial health check could look at your money and let you know if you're in good shape. If you need or want more help, we can point you in the right direction.

Content insurance for renters

A lighter level of contents cover that’s been especially created for tenants and students living in halls of residence. Get a quote in less than 5 minutes and pay monthly at no additional cost.

Quotes are valid for 90 days. Underwriting criteria apply. Royal Bank of Scotland Home insurance policies are underwritten by U K Insurance Limited.

Renters insurance

Get a free Bluetooth speaker or outdoor home security camera
  • Old contents replaced with new, regardless of wear and tear (excludes mobile phones)
  • Tenants liability up to £5,000
  • Tailor the policy with optional cover extensions like accidental damage

If you take out a new home insurance policy with us online by the 19th November, we'll give you a free gift.  

Find out more here.

T&Cs and exclusions apply.

Banking made easy with the app

Do your banking from the comfort of your couch with our Royal Bank app. When you're ready to move on we've got some next steps for you to start thinking about.

App available to personal and business banking customers aged 11+ using compatible iOS and Android devices and a UK or international mobile number in specific countries.

Saving up for a deposit

Get insights into your day-to-day spending and create a budget. Setting spending limits can determine how much you have spare to save each month.

Available to customers aged 16+. Only available for Personal and Premier Current accounts.

Stay motivated with a savings goal

Start setting a goal, whether it’s towards a deposit or a comfy new sofa. On average, customers save twice as much when they save towards a goal.

Available to customers aged 16+. Only available for Personal and Premier Current accounts.

View your credit score for free

Most lenders, landlords or letting agents will check your credit score before deciding to lend or rent to you.

Credit score available once opted in through the app, to customers aged 18+, with a UK address and is provided by TransUnion.

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Becoming a home owner

If you're currently renting and looking to take your first step onto the property ladder, we could help you lay those future foundations. Get the ball rolling with our first time buyer guide. Your road to home ownership starts here!

Frequently asked questions

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