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List of questions to ask landlord or letting agent when viewing a property How much is the rent, and how much of a deposit is needed? When is rent due? Is it due on a weekly basis or per calendar month? What are the estimated running costs of the property? Are any utilities included in the rent? Any signs of damp, any major structural work/damage? Has the property ever been burgled or damaged? Is there a Landlord’s Gas Safety Record available to view? Does the landlord have a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)? If not, what is the rating?

Things to check when viewing a property Are the locks of good quality and secure? Do repairs need to be carried out? Are there any broken items of furniture? Check the bathroom(s) and make sure taps are not leaking. Does the shower work properly? Are there carbon monoxide detectors present? Are there enough smoke alarms? Do they work? Is there an easy means of escape in the event of a fire? Is there any visible damp in the property? If so, what measures will the landlord take to rectify this? (Examples of measures would include damp-proofing, and providing a dehumidifier.)

If you are looking at a shared property, is there a landline with Wi-Fi?

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Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  
Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.

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