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hi I’m about to sign a letting contract for 6 months , my letting agent wants me to pay the first months rent before i even see the contract,also he say’s he would have to do a property inspection every month . Is that the normal practice .

please let me know if this is the norm ,I pay my first months rent on Thursday and he says i sign the contract on friday

thanks in advance


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Hi Joan

I would strongly advise against paying the rent until you have seen the contract- that is a basic right of yours. By signing the contract, you are obliged to meet the terms (by paying rent etc) and the agent still has control as the contract is not a binding agreement until it has been countersigned by Landlord/Agent. They also dont have to release keys until you have signed and paid all applicable funds.

Monthly inspections is way above and beyond what is normal. Stanard practise would be once every three months- our agency does these at the end of the 1st, 5th & 9th month of each 12 month tenancy.

Regardless of what the contract states about inspections, you are well within your rights to deny access foer these once you have occupied the property- however, I do recommend being reasonable about insections. These are important in ensuring the property is well maintained and larger issues are potentially picked up early before escalating (e.g. a minor leak befire it becomes a major one)

Hope that helps

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