Things to consider when renting

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6. Suitability - location and space

You should think about how you will get your children to school, how you will get to work and to appointments you may have. You should check local bus routes and other public transport options and costs or consider changing schools or doctors to be nearer to your home.

If you have your own transport, you should consider your fuel costs and whether there is a place you can park your car.

You should look at the area you are moving to in terms of what shops, GP surgeries, dentists etc. are in the area, and whether those amenities will meet your specific needs. You may wish to contact local schools to see if there are spaces in advance of moving to a new area.

Is the property a suitable size for your household? Larger properties are more expensive to rent and the bills are also likely to be higher, but you must also consider if it reasonable for you to live in a smaller property in the long term. You should also note, choosing to take a property that is smaller than you need may affect an application to Devon Home Choice should you make one.

If you will be claiming Housing Benefit, you can use the online assessment to check your bedroom entitlement rates.