This is really important. In most cases you will be asked to sign an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) before your tenancy starts. If there is anything in the contract you are unclear about, seek legal advice before you sign. Make sure any agreements made at the time of the offer are reflected in the contract. The contract should also be supplied with an inventory – this details all the furniture & appliances within the property, as well as the current condition of the property. Make sure you check this and update the agent or landlord with anything that has been missed. This includes things like stains on the carpets and nails in the wall – you might loose some of your deposit when you move out if you haven’t noted these issues at the start.