Originally Posted by Envelope436
For various ongoing reasons myself and my family need to rent a property in the very short term (3 months). We have finally found somewhere after many disappointments. We have never rented before. Should we expect that the property be satisfactorily cleaned before we move in? (it seems to me the landlords still hold most of the cards - eg high prices, no call backs, requests to refurbish while we live in a property, increasing rent as we only require a short term, very limited number of properties on the market)
I am trying to be very open minded about the whole process but frankly it has been so stressful. I just want a clean place, can I discuss this with the letting agent?
Yes the landlord does hold all the cards initially as the contract is written by them; so rather than any negotiations (like most business deals) about rent, deposit, fixtures, fittings etc, the landlord will dictate price and other details such as if you can smoke, have pets, which electricity/gas company you must be registered with etc.
But once you have your foot in the door, things start to even out as you gain your tenants rights.
In my experience, if you really like the place, just suck it up and clean it yourself. If the landlord gets a sniff of a possible demanding tenant (even if the demands are reasonable), they'll mark you down as a possible annoyance and won't offer you the place.
If you only want to rent for 3 months, your options are going to be severely limited. Most leases are 1 year.
So I'd perhaps look at airbnb too as you can pick your exact arrive and leave dates.