How to Rent a Property in Birmingham

This informative guide guidance from  gives an outline of things to consider before you rent a property. Your landlord or agent must also supply you with pre-scribed information on how to rent information booklet or a link to it.

Choosing Your Housemates

It might be easy to think of loads of university friends to share a house with, but you don’t really know people until you live with them! Take a bit of time to think about the following as you have to live with each other for a whole year and once you have signed a contract it isn’t easy to walk away:

  • Do they have a similar idea of where they want to live and the same expectations such as how much to spend on rent?
  • Are they organised with money?
  • Are they a night owl or an early bird?
  • Are their course study hours drastically different to your own?
  • Are they super tidy or super messy and does this fit with you?
There will always be the odd argument when living with others. When you first move in have a chat and agree some ground rules. This way everyone gets their say and knows what’s expected, especially regarding cleaning the house and how the utility bills are paid.

Starting Your Search

If it's the first time you have thought about renting private accommodation, it might be quite daunting to know where to start! The chart below outlines the typical renting process up to agreeing a moving in date with the landlord. If you need help with at any stage please contact us or pop into the office.