There’s plenty of reasons to move to Harringay, if you’re a lover of music and its culture, then Finsbury park is a great place to visit. It’s played host to musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan and is still being used today by modern musicians. There’s something for the shop-o-holics too, Green Lane is the town’s high street and features many established shopping centres and eating establishments.

If that’s got you interested, but you lack the cash for a new mortgage, renting may be the way to go. Here are my recommendations on how to be recognised as a respectable tenant, and the general advantages of a rental property.

Becoming a tenant rather than a home owner has its advantages outside of the generally lower costs. For example, you don’t have to worry about house prices as much, because the amount you pay to the landlord is a flat rate dictated by the contract you’ve signed. It can’t just change on a whim. That, along with the fact you don’t have to worry about depreciation, makes renting a financially secure prospect. You’re also less tied town to a property. Once the short term tenancy agreement is over, you’re free to find a new place to stay. This life isn’t for everyone, but it’s an option regardless.

There are two very important qualities that a landlord looks for when seeking a tenant, the first one being; trust. This sounds like a general point, and I’m sure who’s reading this is a trustworthy person, but you have to prove it. A simple way to do this is through references. Your tenant will most likely ask for them when you show interest in the property. You can treat this like applying for a job, heck, a job reference is a good place to start if you’ve never rented before.

The logic behind asking for these references is simple; if you’re a good, trustworthy person at your job and to any past landlords, chances are you’ll be agreeable in this venture too. Remember, you will most likely be staying in the same building as the landlord so you can understand why they want as little disruption as possible.

The second important quality? Well, it’s money. It’s simple, the landlord wants his rent on time, every time. Bear in mind that this is a business venture to the landlord, and by missing a payment that’s less money they’re entitled to out of their pocket. You can prove that you’re going to stay on time in two ways. One, by having a good reference, like above. And two, by simply having a good credit rating. Don’t be in debt, don’t have tons of outstanding loans, and show that you have a stable job.

So, now that you know how to get on your tenants side, you just have to stay on it. After moving in, you just have to be an all around agreeable person. Even build up a friendship, if your landlord is the sociable type. If not, just stick to your life and they will be free to stick to theirs. And most important, stick to the house rules. I know that Finsbury Park is a rocking musical stage, but that doesn’t mean you should make your apartment sound the same. Happy renting!